East Asian Studies Concentration
For students already committed to another major discipline, the East Asia Studies concentration offers students an excellent way to gain valuable historical understanding of the East Asia region, as well as ‘located knowledge’ about specific countries in their cultural and social formations. Students choosing the concentration will, like our majors, devote three years to language study, but are required to take fewer foundational and elective courses.
- Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the EALAC concentration: Two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Vietnamese, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).
- Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Vietnamese (completion of the UN3005-UN3006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT UN3611-UN3612 level in Tibetan), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination). Students of Chinese may also complete UN3003-UN3004 to meet the third year requirement.
- Students who test out of a third-year level East Asian language must take either an additional year of the same language, one year of a classical East Asian language, one year of an additional East Asian language, or two electives.
- AHUM UN1400 Colloquium on Major Texts (4 points)
- One of the following four 4-point East Asian Civilization courses: ASCE UN1359 China Civ, ASCE UN1361 Japan Civ, ASCE UN1363 Korea Civ, ASCE UN1365 Tibet Civ, ASCE UN1367 Vietnam Civ
- Two East Asia-related courses in EALAC or any other department at Columbia or Barnard at the 3000- or 4000-level, subject to approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Concentrators may count Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese or Classical Tibetan as one of the electives for this requirement.
For questions regarding the concentration in East Asian Languages and Culture, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Jungwon Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org).