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Japanese Studies

60 faculty and professional staff teach Japan-focused courses at Columbia University.

Undergraduate Studies

  • A major in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese language is offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Students choose an Asian language focus, as well as a disciplinary specialty in: history; literature; art history, philosophy, and religion; anthropology and sociology; or political science and economics. Students must also complete a senior thesis research paper.
  • A concentration in East Asian Studies is also available, with either no language focus or no senior thesis requirement.
  • Early admission to the Master's Degree program for a five year, combined B.A. and M.A. program is also available.

Graduate Studies

  • The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers a M.A. and Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, as well as the M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy.
  • The Center for Japanese Legal Studies offers a J.D., J.S.D., and LL.M. with a concentration on Japanese law.
  • The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers the M.A. in Regional Studies—East Asia with a focus on Japan, a certificate program for knowledge of modern Japan, and the INTERACT Postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Application to graduate studies are processed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit their Admissions webpage.

Other Departments

  • Other departments that offer Japan-focused courses include anthropology, architecture, art & humanities, art history, economics, history, language & literature, political science, religion, and sociology.
  • The majority of these courses are offered in the Department of Language and Literature and the various art departments.

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Institution: Columbia University
Founded: 1754
Type: private university
Location: New York, NY

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About Columbia University:

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by King George II of England, and was renamed as Columbia in 1784.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures dates back to 1901. The Japanese library collection began in 1929 with contributions from the Japanese Imperial Household and Baron Iwasaki of Mitsubishi. Japanese studies were incorporated into the East Asian Languages and Cultures department in 1938.

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North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
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