Why Major or Concentrate in East Asian Studies?
Students come to the study of East Asia from many different angles and for many different reasons: travel, popular culture, language, literature, history, religion, economics, politics. Some were exposed to manga or anime in middle school. Others might have been stimulated by Korean film. Some had friends from China or Tibet. Whatever the initial motivation and whatever your particular disciplinary interests, the rewards of studying East Asia are endless. Columbia University has one of the strongest East Asian programs in the Western world, and EALAC department covers China, Tibet, Korea, and Japan in depth, with faculty in a wide range of disciplines, from history and literature to film and economics.
Learning an East Asian language (which fulfills the College foreign language requirement) is probably one of the most rewarding activities, and our small classes and outstanding teachers makes this an indelible experience that you will be able to utilize for the rest of your life.
East Asian studies will prepare you well for the global marketplace, giving you important grounding in Asian civilization as well as writing and researching skills that will be useful wherever you go. Careers that East Asian studies students have pursued include law, business, government, and academia, and stretch from fashion to food.
For information on career opportunities pursued by EALAC majors, please see the Center for Career Education here.
East Asian Studies Major
The Department offers a major for both Columbia College and General Studies students, as well as a minor for SEAS students. The department also offers several courses for non-majors that serve as an introduction to East Asian history and literature.
East Asian Studies Concentration
The Department offers a concentration for both Columbia College and General Studies students. The department also offers several courses for non-majors that serve as an introduction to East Asian history and literature.
Five-year Combined BA-MA Program
Early Admission to the Master’s Degree Program in East Asian Languages and Cultures for Columbia and Barnard Undergraduates
Students enrolled at Columbia College, SEAS, Barnard, and the School of General Studies may apply for early admission to the M.A. program in East Asian Languages and Cultures and begin their M.A. coursework in their senior year while completing their undergraduate degree.