Barnard College Asian and Middle Eastern Culture Department
The department introduces major Asian and Middle Eastern Civilizations and their works and values as a means of expanding knowledge of the varieties and unities of the human experience. General courses are designed for all students, whatever their major interests, who wish to include knowledge of Asian and Middle Eastern life in their education.
CV Starr East Asian Library
The C. V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 1,000,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu, and Western-language materials and almost 7,500 periodical titles, and more than 55 newspapers. Subject emphasis is on the humanities and social sciences.
Center for Korean Research
The CKR fosters global, interdisciplinary connections, frequently partnering with a variety of departments, institutes, and schools across the Columbia University community.
The Center works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area, and more broadly, North America.
Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
Founded in 1986, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture was established in honor of Professor Donald Keene, internationally renowned scholar, teacher, and interpreter of Japanese literature and culture. The primary goals of the Center are to promote Japanese studies and to ensure a continuing exchange of ideas between Japan and the United States.
The Department is a leading center of historical scholarship in the world. Approximately fifty faculty members -together with colleagues at Barnard College and historians in other affiliated departments- study all aspects of human history, from ancient to contemporary societies, across the entire globe.
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
The Institute supports cross-disciplinary and cross-regional comparative work, acknowledging recent changes in the humanities, the social sciences, law, architecture, and the performing arts. ICLS provides the only site for comparative scholarship across multiple language groups at Columbia, including extensive engagement with non-European languages.
Modern Tibetan Studies Program
Columbia’s Modern Tibetan Studies Program is the first program in the West dedicated to teaching about the society, history, culture and economics of modern Tibet. Linked to multiple Tibet-studies initiatives in the US and Europe, it also supports and carries out research into modern Tibet, and organizes a program of public activities in New York.
The Religion department engages students in the study of an area of specialization as well as rigorous instruction in comparative, methodological and theoretical issues. Faculty from other university departments participate in the program, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich curricular and programmatic resources Columbia has to offer.
Tang Center for Early China
The Tang Center for Early China seeks to advance understanding of the richness and importance of early Chinese civilization as a part of a common human heritage. It is committed to doing so through solid scholarship and public outreach. The Center also promotes archaeology as a path to understand the past and offers a critical window for introducing new archaeological discoveries in China to Western audiences.
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
The Institute brings together faculty, research scholars, and students in an integrated program of teaching and research on East, Southeast, and Inner Asia. The WEAI trains students to understand the countries, peoples, and cultures of East and Southeast Asia to help them thrive in academic teaching and research, in government service, in business, in journalism, and in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.