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About Cornell University:

Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White with a land grant from the New York State Senate, the university was created to support education and research in all fields of knowledge. It opened to the public in 1868. Its main campus remains in Ithaca, New York, with smaller campuses in New York City and one medical campus in Qatar.

Cornell's undergraduate schools include those that are private and those that are part of Cornell's public land-grant status.  Those in the private category include Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Hotel Management, the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, the College of Engineering, and the graduate and professional schools of College of Veterinary Medicine, the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Cornell Law School, all in Ithaca, as well as the Weill Cornell Medical College based in Manhattan.  The public colleges at Cornell include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the College of Human Ecology. 

The Ithaca campus of Cornell University is also home to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which is home to a Japan collection, the second largest collection in their Asian department. Its pieces range from Jomon- and Yayoi-period works, through the Edo-period and up to artists active today.

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Institution: Cornell University
Founded: 1865
Type: public and private university
Location: Ithaca, NY

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Japanese Studies

18 faculty and staff teach Japan-focused courses at Cornell University.

Undergraduate Studies

  • The Department of Asian Studies offers a B.A. with a concentration on East Asia, which requires a two-year proficiency level in one of over a dozen Asian languages taught at Cornell, including Japanese.
  • An honors program in Asian Studies is available, and requires a 3.7 GPA and an honors essay.
  • Asian Studies also offers a minor in East Asian Studies for any B.A.- or B.S.-eligible student at Cornell University.
  • For undergraduate admission information, please see the Cornell Undergraduate Admissions website.

Graduate Studies

  • Cornell offers an M.A. in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in East Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture.
  • Various other Ph.D. programs are offered with the possibility of focusing on East Asia or Japan in particular.
  • The East Asia Program offers five categories of fellowships for advanced study of East Asian languages, as well as graduate studies and general research on East Asia.
  • For more information regarding the Graduate School at Cornell, please visit the Cornell Graduate School website.

Other Departments

  • Japan-focused courses are taught outside of Asian Studies and Japanese Language and Literature in the following departments: anthropology, architecture, business administration, city & regional planning, comparative literature, economics, government, history, history of art, international & comparative labor, linguistics, policy analysis & management, religious studies, and science & technology studies.
  • The majority of these Japan-focused courses are in the history and linguistics departments.

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