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.
SEAS and Barnard students interested in East Asian courses should receive advising from their respective school advisors.
For questions, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the EALAC major: two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).
Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan (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 three years or more of a language must take an additional year of that language or another East Asian language at Columbia in order to satisfy the language requirement.
AHUM UN1400 (4 points) and any two of the following four 4-point survey courses: ASCE UN1359, ASCE UN1361, ASCE UN1363, ASCE UN1365.
First-year students and sophomores, prior to declaring an East Asian studies major, are strongly urged to take one or more of the introductory courses.
On entering the major, each student must choose an academic discipline from among the following: history, literature, anthropology, art history, economics, philosophy, political science, religion, or sociology.
All majors are required to take EAAS UN3990, “Approaches to East Asian Studies,” which is offered every spring.
Depending on the chosen discipline, each student must also complete a specific number of more specialized East Asia–related disciplinary courses: three for economics and political science; two for all other disciplines.
Courses in closely related disciplines may be substituted with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.
For students specializing in history, literature, anthropology, art history, philosophy, religion, or sociology, two courses. For students specializing in economics or political science, one course. Courses are to be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. East Asia–related courses offered in other departments may be counted toward the elective requirement. Courses in a second East Asian language (one year minimum) or a classical East Asian language (one semester minimum) may be used to fulfill one of the two elective requirements, but placement examinations may not be used to do so.
Students who wish to write a senior thesis can find information about the Senior Thesis Program here.
Careers for East Asian Studies Majors
For information on career opportunities pursued by East Asian Studies majors, please see the Center for Career Education here.