The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) has long been recognized as an international leader in the study of the histories, literatures, cultures, religions, and languages of East Asia. EALAC’s coverage has historically comprised the cultures and languages of China, Japan, and Korea. In 2005, the department expanded its expertise to Tibetan Studies, which has become a major fiel...d of study at Columbia University. More recently Columbia has joined the handful of universities offering colloquial Tibetan within the EALAC department.
EALAC organizes and administers the cross-disciplinary East Asian Studies undergraduate major, and mounts an undergraduate curriculum in cooperation with outstanding East Asian specialists in such other Columbia departments as Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Comparative Literature and Society, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion, as well as with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Our offerings in Asian Humanities and in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Civilizations have carried a significant share of the course load for the Columbia College’s Global Core requirement.