East Asian Languages and Cultures

Departmental Office: 407 Kent; 212-854-5027
ealac.columbia.edu/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. John Phan, 620 Kent; jp3720@columbia.edu

The program in East Asian studies offers a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines, as well as training in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan languages. The program is designed to provide a coherent curriculum for undergraduates wishing to major in East Asian studies, with disciplinary specialization in anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, sociology, or religion. The department also offers a series of introductory and thematic courses especially designed for students seeking to acquire some knowledge of East Asia as part of their broader undergraduate experience.

Admission to Language Courses

All students wishing to enter the language program at another point besides the first term of the first level must pass a language placement test before registering. The language placement exams are held during the change of program period, the week before classes begin.

Students who have been absent from the campus for one term or more must take a placement test before enrolling in a language course beyond the first term of the first level.

Students who wish to place out of the Columbia College Foreign Language Requirement for a language taught in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures must consult with the director of the relevant language program. The names of the directors, and additional information about East Asian language programs, can be accessed via the department website at http://ealac.columbia.edu/program/language-programs/.

Language Laboratory

An additional hour of study in the language laboratory is required in first-year Japanese (JPNS UN101 and JPNS UN1102). 

JPNS UN1101
 - JPNS UN1102
First-Year Japanese I
and First-Year Japanese II

Students taking these courses must attend all assigned language laboratory sessions. Grades for written and oral work in the language laboratory and for additional work in oral drill sessions count as 10% of the final grade in the course. Assignments of laboratory hours are made during the first session of the regular classes.

Course Numbering

The following are general guidelines to the numbering of department courses open to undergraduates. Students with questions about the nature of a course should consult with the instructor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

  • 1000-level: Introductory-level undergraduate courses and first-year language courses
  • 2000-level: Intermediate-level undergraduate courses and second-year language courses
  • 3000-level: Advanced-level undergraduate courses and third-year language courses
  • 4000-level: Advanced courses geared toward undergraduate students available to graduate students or geared toward both undergraduate and graduate students, fourth-year and above language courses

Study Abroad

East Asian Studies majors or concentrators who opt to spend the spring semester of their junior year abroad should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for information about course selection in the sophomore year.

Students planning to study abroad their junior year must take the required disciplinary and senior thesis-related courses in the spring of their sophomore year. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more details.  


Through the Columbia University Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE), there are a few study abroad options available to students: 

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

The Kyoto Consortium offers Columbia students the opportunity to study in Japan with a program that offers intensive instruction in the Japanese language and courses that explore a wide range of topics in Japanese studies. The program is designed to strengthen your Japanese skills through intensive language training, cultural immersion, and regular interactions with the local community and/or your host family. 

ACADEMIC YEAR/ SEMESTER STUDY

Students should have the equivalent of two semesters (fall departure) or three semesters (spring departure) of college-level Japanese completed by the time of their departure. The program is most appropriate for the junior year, but other arrangements are considered.

SUMMER STUDY

Modern Japanese Track

This program is open to students in good academic standing who have completed at least one year of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. Recent graduates may also apply.

Classical Japanese Track

This program is open to students in good academic standing who have completed three years of college-level Japanese or the equivalent


Columbia Summer in Beijing: Chinese Language Program 

The Columbia Summer in Beijing: Chinese Language program offers Columbia students of all language levels (beginner to advanced) the opportunity to study in Beijing and complete one academic year of Chinese in nine weeks through intensive courses, language exchange, drill sessions, and cultural activities. 


Columbia Summer in Shanghai: Business Chinese 

The Columbia Summer in Shanghai: Business Chinese program offers Columbia students the opportunity to learn Business Chinese through an intensive course in which students can learn the cultural behaviors, jargon, and linguistic styles used in a professional environment as well as develop their resume and interview skills for multinational businesses. Students should have the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Chinese completed before their departure. 


For further information about all of the East Asian programs offered through the Columbia University Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE), please contact Robin Leephaibul (rl2705@columbia.edu).

Grading

Courses in which the grade of D or P has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.  

All language courses must be taken for a letter grade, without exception. Students may not take language courses for either R-Credit or Pass/Fail.

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors are conferred only on East Asian Studies majors who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.6 for courses in the major, have pursued a rigorous and ambitious program of study, and have submitted senior theses of superior quality, clearly demonstrating originality and excellent scholarship. Qualified seniors are nominated by their thesis advisers. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year. Concentrators are not eligible for departmental honors.

Professors

Bernard Faure
Robert Hymes
Theodore Hughes
Dorothy Ko (Barnard History)
Eugenia Lean
Feng Li
Lening Liu
Lydia Liu
D. Max Moerman (Barnard)
Wei Shang (Chair)
Haruo Shirane (Vice Chair)
Tomi Suzuki
Gray Tuttle
Madeleine Zelin

Associate Professors

  • Michael Como (Religion)
  • David Lurie
  • Lien-Hang Nguyen (History)
  • Gregory Pflugfelder

Assistant Professors

Nicholas Barlett (Barnard)
Jungwon Kim
Seong Uk Kim
Lu Kou
Paul Kreitman
John Phan
Ying Qian
Takuya Tsunoda
Zhaohua Yang (Religion)

Affiliated Faculty

Robert Harrist (Art History)
Lauran Hartley (C.V. Starr East Asian Library) 
Matthew McKelway (Art History)
Jonathan Reynolds (Art History, Barnard)

Senior Lecturers

Shigeru Eguchi
Yuan-Yuan Meng
Fumiko Nazikian
Miharu Nittono
Zhongqi Shi
Joowon Suh
Sonam Tsering
Ling Yan 
Zhirong Wang

Lecturers

Eunice Chung
Lingjun Hu
Tianqi Jiang
Ji-Young Jung
Beom Lee
Yike Li 
Kyoko Loetscher
Sonam Tsering Ngulphu
Chung Nguyen
Keiko Okamoto
Tao Peng
Shaoyan Qi
Naoko Sourial 
Chikako Takahashi
Naofumi Tatsumi
Sonam Tsering
Hailong Wang
Chen Wu
Jia Xu
Hyunkyu Yi
 

Adjunct Faculty

Jiyoung Choi 
Yongjun Choi
Leta Hong Fincher
Lauran Hartley
Hey-Ryoun Hong
Jiyeon Kim
Yun Kim
Mayumi Nishida
Vinh Nguyen
Andrew Plaks
Morris Rossabi
Seunghyo Ryu
Shuichiro Takeda
Yaxi Zhen

On Leave (Fall 2022)

Tomi Suzuki 
Haruo Shirane 
Lydia Liu 
Ying Qian 
Bernard Faure 
Max Moerman (Barnard) 
Takuya Tsunoda 
Lien-Hang Nguyen (History)

On Leave (Spring 2023)

Tomi Suzuki 
Haruo Shirane 
Madeleine Zelin 
Lydia Liu 
John Phan

Major in East Asian Studies

The requirements for this program were modified in the Spring 2017 semester. Students who declared an EAS major before this semester have the option of following the old or the new requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Prerequisite

Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the East Asian Studies major: two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Vietnamese, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination). 

Language Requirement

Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Vietnamese (completion of the UN3005-UN3006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT UN3611-UN3612 level in Tibetan; VIET UN3101-UN3102), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).  Students of Chinese may also complete UN3003-UN3004 to meet the third-year requirement.

One of the following sequences (in the target language):
CHNS UN3003
 - CHNS UN3004
THIRD YEAR CHINESE I
and THIRD YEAR CHINESE II
Or, for heritage students:
THIRD YEAR CHINESE W
and Third-Year Chinese II (W)
JPNS UN3005
 - JPNS UN3006
Third-Year Japanese I
and Third-Year Japanese II
KORN UN3005
 - KORN UN3006
Third-Year Korean I
and Third-Year Korean II
TIBT UN3611
 - TIBT UN3612
Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan I
and Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan II
VIET UN3101Third Year Vietnamese I

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.

Introductory Courses

Students are required to take:
AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
Students must also select two of the following:
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN
ASCE UN1363Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea
ASCE UN1365Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
ASCE UN1367Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam

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.

Methodology Course

All majors must take EAAS UN3990 Approaches to East Asian Studies the fall of their junior year. Please note that this course is only offered in the fall semester. 

Elective Courses

Students must take four elective courses in East Asian studies, to be chosen in consultation with the DUS. Two of these courses must be EALAC or AMEC courses. 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 elective course.

Please note that the following courses CANNOT be counted as an elective course. These courses can only be used to fulfill the EALAC language requirement:

  • Business Chinese I/II
  • Advanced Business Chinese I/II
  • Media Chinese I/II
  • Legal Chinese
  • Japanese Pop Culture I/II

However, the following courses are NOT categorized as language courses and CAN count as an elective course:

  • History of the Chinese Language
  • Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language

Senior Thesis Program

East Asian Studies majors who wish to write a senior thesis apply to the EALAC Senior Thesis Program at the end of their junior year. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.6 in courses taken in the major at the time of the application. Students interested in applying to the Senior Thesis Program should submit the EALAC Senior Thesis Program Application (see Undergraduate Planning Sheets and Forms). The deadline for submitting applications is usually in late April or early May. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information about the application process. 

All potential thesis writers are required to enroll in the Senior Thesis Research Workshop (EAAS UN3999) in the fall of the senior year. Students who perform satisfactorily in this workshop, successfully complete a thesis proposal, and find a faculty adviser will then write the Senior Thesis itself in the spring semester under the direction of the adviser and a graduate student tutor (EAAS UN3901).

The senior thesis typically consists of about 30-35 pages of text (double-spaced, normal typeface and margins) and 5-8 pages of references. Under no circumstances should a thesis exceed a total of 50 pages (including references), without the special permission of the faculty adviser.

Successful completion of the thesis by the April 1 deadline in the spring semester will be necessary but not sufficient for a student to receive departmental honors. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year; as such, not all thesis writers will receive honors.


Concentration in East Asian Studies

Prerequisite

Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the East Asian Studies concentration: two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Vietnamese, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination). 

Language Requirement

Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Vietnamese (completion of the UN3005-UN3006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT UN3611-UN3612 level in Tibetan; VIET UN3101-UN3102), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).  Students of Chinese may also complete UN3003-UN3004 to meet the third-year requirement.

One of the following sequences (in the target language):
CHNS UN3003
 - CHNS UN3004
THIRD YEAR CHINESE I
and THIRD YEAR CHINESE II
Or, for heritage students:
THIRD YEAR CHINESE W
and Third-Year Chinese II (W)
JPNS UN3005
 - JPNS UN3006
Third-Year Japanese I
and Third-Year Japanese II
KORN UN3005
 - KORN UN3006
Third-Year Korean I
and Third-Year Korean II
TIBT UN3611
 - TIBT UN3612
Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan I
and Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan II
VIET UN3101Third Year Vietnamese I

Students who test out of a third-year level East Asian language must take either an additional year of the same language, one year of a classical East Asian language, one year of an additional East Asian language, or two electives.

Introductory Courses

AHUM UN1400Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
Select one of the following:
ASCE UN1359Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China
ASCE UN1361INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN
ASCE UN1363Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea
ASCE UN1365Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet
ASCE UN1367Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam

Electives

Students must take two courses in East Asian Studies at Columbia or Barnard at the 3000- or 4000-level, subject to approval by the DUS. 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 elective course. 

Please note that the following courses CANNOT be counted as an elective course. These courses can only be used to fulfill the EALAC language requirement:

  • Business Chinese I/II
  • Advanced Business Chinese I/II
  • Media Chinese I/II
  • Legal Chinese
  • Japanese Pop Culture I/II

However, the following courses are NOT categorized as language courses and CAN count as an elective course:

  • History of the Chinese Language
  • Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language

Senior Thesis Program

Concentrators are not eligible for the Senior Thesis Program or for departmental honors.

NOTE: Courses without scheduling information are not offered during this current semester.  Please also consult the Directory of Classes for course information before emailing the contact below.

If you have any course-related questions, please contact the EALAC Academic Coordinator.

Content Courses

ASCE UN1002 Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: East Asia. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

An interdisciplinary and topical approach to the major issues and phases of East Asian civilizations and their role in the contemporary world. 

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1002 001/15054 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
424 Kent Hall
Alexander Kaplan-Reyes 4 15/15

ASCE UN1359 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE:Students must register for a discussion section, ASCE UN1360

The evolution of Chinese civilization from ancient times to the 20th century, with emphasis on characteristic institutions and traditions.

Spring 2022: ASCE UN1359
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1359 001/11334 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
601 Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Qingzhu Wang 4 54/60
Fall 2022: ASCE UN1359
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1359 001/10650 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
142 Uris Hall
Dongxin Zou 4 92/90

ASCE UN1361 INTRO EAST ASIAN CIV: JPN. 4.00 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371
Prerequisites: NOTE: Students must register for a discussion section ASCE UN1371 A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century

Spring 2022: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/11335 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
413 Kent Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 4.00 53/60
Fall 2022: ASCE UN1361
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1361 001/10648 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Paul Kreitman 4.00 92/90

ASCE UN1363 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: NOTE:Students must register for a discussion section, ASCE UN1366

The evolution of Korean society and culture, with special attention to Korean values as reflected in thought, literature, and the arts.

Spring 2022: ASCE UN1363
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1363 001/11336 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
415 Schapiro Cepser
Jungwon Kim 4 46/42

ASCE UN1365 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course seeks to introduce the sweep of Tibetan civilization and its history from its earliest recorded origins to the present. The course examines what civilizational forces shaped Tibet, especially the contributions of Indian Buddhism, sciences and literature, but also Chinese statecraft and sciences. Alongside the chronological history of Tibet, we will explore aspects of social life and culture.

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1365
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1365 001/10649 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
330 Uris Hall
Lauran Hartley 4 64/60

ASCE UN1367 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Vietnam. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Corequisites: ASCE UN1377

This course provides a survey of Vietnamese civilization from prehistoric origins to the French colonization in the 19th century, with special emphasis on the rise and development of independent kingship over the 2nd millennium CE.  We begin by exploring ethnolinguistic diversity of the Red River plain over the first millenium BCE, culminating in the material bronze culture known as the Dong Son.  We then turn towards the introduction of high sinitic culture, and the region's long membership within successive Chinese empires.  We pay special attention to the rise of an independent state out of the crumbling Tang Dynasty, and the specific nation-building effects of war with the Mongols and the Ming Dynasty, in the 14th and 15th centuries respectively.  Our class ends with the French colonization of the region, and the dramatic cultural and intellectual transformations that were triggered as a result.  Our course will interrogate Vietnamese culture as a protean object, one that is defined and redefined at virtually every level, throughout a history marked by foreign interest, influence, and invasion.

Fall 2022: ASCE UN1367
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ASCE 1367 001/10651 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
313 Fayerweather
John Phan 4 60/60

AHUM UN1400 Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course explores the core classical literature in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Humanities. The main objective of the course is to discover the meanings that these literature offer, not just for the original audience or for the respective cultures, but for us. As such, it is not a survey or a lecture-based course. Rather than being taught what meanings are to be derived from the texts, we explore meanings together, informed by in-depth reading and thorough ongoing discussion.

Spring 2022: AHUM UN1400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 1400 001/11331 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gavin Healy 4 20/22
AHUM 1400 002/11332 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Yiwen Shen 4 20/20
AHUM 1400 003/11333 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Seong-Uk Kim 4 24/25
Fall 2022: AHUM UN1400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 1400 001/10646 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
John Phan 4 24/24
AHUM 1400 002/10647 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
409 International Affairs Bldg
Ye Yuan 4 16/20
AHUM 1400 003/11068 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Allison Bernard 4 20/20
AHUM 1400 004/18347 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Chung-Wei Yang 4 20/20

EAAS UN2342 Mythology of East Asia. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Through close readings of major myths of China, Japan, and Korea, this course provides a survey of significant themes of East Asian culture. Inclusion of selected comparative readings also leads students to reconsider the nature of ‘world mythology,’ a field often constituted by juxtaposing Greek and Latin classics with oral texts collected during anthropological fieldwork. The core materials for this class are from ancient written traditions, but they speak with force and clarity to modern readers, as is underlined by our attention to latter-day reception and reconceptualization of these narratives. This is an introductory, discussion-based class intended for undergraduates. No prior knowledge of East Asian history or culture is required, and all course readings are in English. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

EAAS UN3215 KOREAN LITERATURE & FILM. 3.00 points.

Prerequisites: weekly film screening required.
This course traces the history of Korean cinema and literature from the 1930s to the early 2000s. Particular attention is given to colonialism, national division, war, gender relations, authoritarianism, urbanization, consumer culture, and diaspora. What kinds of familial, social, economic, and political relations do these films and literary works envision? We will link films and literary texts to their historical context, noting how representations of people, places, and ideas have changed over time—from colonialism, through poverty and malaise in the aftermath of the Korean War, to North Korea’s continuing search for autonomy in the world system and South Korea’s current position as global economic power and maker of the “Korean Wave ”

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3215
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3215 001/10653 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Theodore Hughes 3.00 20/20

EAAS UN3217 Korean Popular Cinema. 4 points.

This course surveys modern Korean culture and society through Korean popular cinema. Drawing from weekly screenings and readings on critical film and Korean studies, we will explore major topics and defining historical moments in modern Korean history post-1945.

Spring 2022: EAAS UN3217
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3217 001/11338 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
601 Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Theodore Hughes 4 20/20

EAAS UN3310 Social Problems in Contemporary China. 3 points.

In this undergraduate course, we will explore problems in contemporary Chinese society through reading and discussion. We will focus primarily on the market reform period in the People's Republic of China following 1979, examining topics such as social inequality, gender and sexuality, class, ethnicity and religion, urbanization and migration, the environment, the Internet, and population challenges. Since society changes so rapidly in China, I will often assign recent news reports or videos in addition to the formal readings so that we can discuss current events related to course themes. We will adopt a social scientific perspective to think critically about how individual lives in contemporary China are shaped by the social structures around them, as well as how individuals can take action to change their environment. This course has no prerequisites, but some background knowledge of Chinese history or society is helpful. If you have never taken a course on China before, please ask me for guidance. The syllabus is preliminary and subject to change based on the needs of the class.

Spring 2022: EAAS UN3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3310 001/14378 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
402 International Affairs Bldg
Leta Hong Fincher 3 21/20

EAAS UN3322 East Asian Cinema. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course introduces students to major works, genres and waves of East Asian cinema from the Silent era to the present, including films from Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. How has cinema participated in East Asian societies’ distinct and shared experiences of industrial modernity, imperialism and (post)colonialism? How has cinema engaged with questions of class, gender, ethnic and language politics? In what ways has cinema facilitated transnational circulations and mobilizations of peoples and ideas, and how has it interacted with other art forms, such as theatre, painting, photography and music? In this class, we answer these questions by studying cinemas across the region sideby- side, understanding cinema as deeply embedded in the region’s intertwining political, social and cultural histories and circulations of people and ideas. We cover a variety of genres such as melodrama, comedy, historical epic, sci-fi, martial arts and action, and prominent film auteurs such as Yasujirō Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Yu Hyŏnmok, Chen Kaige, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Ann Hui. As cinema is, among other things, a creative practice, in this course, students will be given opportunities to respond to films analytically and creatively, through writing as well as creative visual projects. As a global core course, this class does not assume prior knowledge of East Asian culture or of film studies.

Spring 2022: EAAS UN3322
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3322 001/11339 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
407 Mathematics Building
Ying Qian 4 36/35

EAAS UN3338 CULTRL HIST-JAPANESE MONSTERS. 3.00 points.

Priority is given to EALAC and History majors, as well as to those who have done previous coursework on Japan.

From Godzilla to Pokemon (literally, pocket monster) toys, Japanese monsters have become a staple commodity of late-capitalist global pop culture. This course seeks to place this phenomenon within a longer historical, as well as a broader cross-cultural, context. Through an examination of texts and images spanning over thirteen centuries of Japanese history, along with comparable productions from other cultures, students will gain an understanding not only of different conceptions and representations of monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures in Japan, but also of the role of the monstrous in the cultural imagination more generally. The course draws on various media and genres of representation, ranging from written works, both literary and scholarly, to the visual arts, material culture, drama, and cinema. Readings average 100-150 pages per week. Several film and video screenings are scheduled in addition to the regular class meetings. Seating is limited, with final admission based on a written essay and other information to be submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the semester

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3338
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3338 001/10654 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
327 Uris Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 3.00 15/15

EAAS UN3435 Chinese Revolution, Asian Revolution, World Revolution: Revolution and Radicalism in the Long Twentieth Century. 4.00 points.

This course examines the Chinese Revolution as a global event, one that provided new possibilities for understanding the future not only of China, but Asia and the world. In doing so, it refuses any notion of the Chinese Revolution as a merely "Chinese" event and instead marks the ways in which diverse sets of activists and revolutionaries from across Asia not only contributed towards the formation of Chinese revolutionary politics but also responded on their own terms. The Chinese Revolution thereby emerges as a truly global event and one that transformed political imagination. The course focuses largely on the responses and trajectories of Asian revolutionaries, especially from Vietnam and Japan, whose intellectual and political paths intersected with those of Chinese activists. Students can expect to work through the diverse intellectual interventions of pan-Asian diasporic communities in Japan at the beginning of the twentieth century, read interwar proletarian fiction from Chinese and Japanese authors, compare Chinese and Vietnamese conceptualizations of "people's war" as an anti-colonial military strategy. They will emerge with a new understanding of the porousness and complexity of basic categories such as China, Asia and revolution

EAAS UN3575 Approaching Cities and Life in Chinese Cultural History. 4.00 points.

Italo Calvino's imagined Marco Polo cautions against commemorating the lived experience of a city, "Memory's images, once they are fixed in words, are erased." How shall we modern students of the past retrieve the ways in which foreign men and women dwelled in everyday practice? This seminar will take you on a tour of some key topoi — as both physical and literary constructs — throughout Chinese history, availing of a selection of textual, visual, and cinematic materials that shape and are shaped by the palimpsests of changing Chinese urban life

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3575
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3575 001/12905 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Yifan Zhang 4.00 15/15

HSEA UN3642 Peripheries of the Sinitic World through History. 3.00 points.

This course surveys the southern and western peripheries of the political entities we today call China from the turn of the 1st millennium CE to the early 20th century. It does so primarily through translations of primary sources - travelogues and geographies- up to the 16th century, at which point it turns its attention to recently published monographs of varying breadth that can cover more ground, given the sheer number of available primary sources from that time on. No prerequisites but Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet, China, or Vietnam is recommended

Spring 2022: HSEA UN3642
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 3642 001/14418 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
402 International Affairs Bldg
Nolan Bensen 3.00 4/15

EAAS UN3710 Fiction, Film, and the Making of Modern Vietnams. 4 points.

This course examines film, tv, and a variety of short fiction as vehicles for the production of Vietnamese cultural identities in the modern era.

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3710
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3710 001/16012 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Hayeon Lee 4 15/15

AHUM UN3830 Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: AHUM UN3400 is recommended as background.

Introduction to and exploration of modern East Asian literature through close reading and discussion of selected masterpieces from the 1890s through the 1990s by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writers such as Mori Ogai, Wu Jianren, Natsume Soseki, Lu Xun, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Shen Congwen, Ding Ling, Eileen Chang, Yi Sang, Oe Kenzaburo, O Chong-hui, and others. Emphasis will be on cultural and intellectual issues and on how literary forms manifested, constructed, or responded to rapidly shifting experiences of modernity in East Asia.

Fall 2022: AHUM UN3830
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHUM 3830 001/16921 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Yuki Ishida 4 15/15

HSEA UN3851 GODS, GHOSTS, AND ANCESTORS: RELIGION IN CHINESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY. 3.00 points.

Examines the social and cultural place of Chinese religions through time, focusing on Chinese ideas of the relation between humans and spirits, and the expression of those ideas in practice. Problems will include the long-term displacement of ancestors by gods in Chinese history; the varying and changing social functions of rituals, and the different views of the same ritual taken by different participants; the growth of religious commerce from early modern times on. Topics will be organized roughly chronologically but the emphasis is on broad change rather than historical coverage

HSEA UN3871 Modern Japan: Images and Words. 3 points.

This course relies primarily on visual materials to familiarize students with the history of Japan from the beginning of the nineteenth century through the present. It follows a chronological order, introducing students to various realms of Japanese visual culture—from woodblock prints to film, anime, and manga—along with the historical contexts that they were shaped by, and in turn helped shape. Special attention will paid to the visual technologies of nation-building, war, and empire; to historical interactions between Japanese and Euro-American visual culture; to the operations of still versus moving images; and to the mass production of visual commodities for the global marketplace. Students who take the course will emerge not only with a better understanding of Japan’s modern historical experience, but also with a more discerning eye for the ways that images convey meaning and offer access to the past.

Spring 2022: HSEA UN3871
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 3871 001/11343 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 3 14/15

HSEA UN3898 The Mongols in History. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Study of the role of the Mongols in Eurasian history, focusing on the era of the Great Mongol Empire. The roles of Chinggis and Khubilai Khan and the modern fate of the Mongols to be considered.

Spring 2022: HSEA UN3898
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 3898 001/11344 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
140 Uris Hall
Morris Rossabi 3 28/25

EAAS UN3901 Senior Thesis. 2 points.

Prerequisites: Senior majors only.

Senior Seminar required of all majors in East Asian Studies. Open only to senior majors.

Spring 2022: EAAS UN3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3901 001/11340  
Jungwon Kim 2 6/10

EAAS UN3927 China in the Modern World. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

The rise of China has impacted world politics and economy in significant ways. How did it happen? This course introduces some unique angles of self-understanding as suggested by Chinese writers, intellectuals, and artists who have participated in the making of modern China and provided illuminating and critical analyses of their own culture, history, and the world. Readings cover a wide selection of modern Chinese fiction and poetry, autobiographical writing, photography, documentary film, artworks, and music with emphasis on the interplays of art/literature, history, and politics. Close attention is paid to the role of storytelling, the mediating powers of technology, new forms of visuality and sense experience, and the emergence of critical consciousness in response to global modernity. In the course of the semester, a number of contemporary Chinese artists, filmmakers, and writers are invited to answer students’ questions.   This course draws on cross-disciplinary methods from art history, film studies, anthropology, and history in approaching texts and other works. The goal is to develop critical reading skills and gain in-depth understanding of modern China and its engagement with the modern world beyond the cold war rhetoric. Our topics of discussion include historical rupture, loss and melancholy, exile, freedom, migration, social bonding and identity, capitalism, nationalism, and the world revolution. All works are read in English translation.

Spring 2022: EAAS UN3927
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3927 001/11341 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Lydia Liu 3 26/25

EAAS UN3990 Approaches to East Asian Studies. 4 points.

Enrollment is limited to EALAC and AMEC majors and concentrators only.

This course is intended to provide a focal point for undergraduate majors in East Asian Studies. It introduces students to the analysis of particular objects of East Asian historical, literary, and cultural studies from various disciplinary perspectives. The syllabus is composed of a series of modules, each centered around an object, accompanied by readings that introduce different ways of understanding its meaning.

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3990 001/10655 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Robert Hymes 4 15/20
EAAS 3990 002/10656 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gregory Pflugfelder 4 12/20

EAAS UN3999 Research in East Asian Studies. 1 point.

Introduces students to research and writing techniques and requires the preparation of a senior thesis proposal. Required for majors and concentrators in the East Asian studies major in the spring term of the junior year.

Fall 2022: EAAS UN3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 3999 001/10657 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
423 Kent Hall
Jungwon Kim 1 9/15

EARL GU4023 Women in Buddhism. 4.00 points.

This course examines a broad array of topics related to the nature of women in Buddhism, both as presented in historical and religious texts as well as in the lives of female Buddhist practitioners. Our aim will be to consider these rules and traditions within the context of their creation as well as their subsequent use. We will also look to the words and examples of women Buddhist practitioners directly, including in modern Western Buddhism

Spring 2022: EARL GU4023
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EARL 4023 001/14232 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
329 Uris Hall
Abigail MacBain 4.00 9/12

HSEA GU4027 Issues in Early Chinese Civilization: Theories and Debates. 4 points.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic issues and problems in the study of early Chinese civilization, some theoretical and others methodological. Through the review of a long series of debates the course offers a quick entrance both to this early period of history and to these studies. Organized around problems, the course encourages critical thinking and contesting arguments and helps the students weigh different positions addressing the problems. By doing so, the course guides the students to search for frontline questions and to probe possible ways to solve the problems. The course deals with both the written records (inscriptional and textual) and the material evidence, and the student can well expect this course to serve as also updates of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries in China made in the past decades. The course is designed as an upper-level undergraduate and MA course; therefore, it is recommended that undergraduate students should take "ASCE V2359: Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China" before participating in this course.

EAAS GU4111 Modern Chinese Poetry in a Global Context. 4.00 points.

In this course, we will take modern Chinese poetry as a crucible in which we can observe the interacting forces of literary history and social change. From diplomats who saw poetry as a medium for cultural translation between China and the world, to revolutionaries who enlisted poetry in the project of social transformation, we will examine the lives and works of some of China’s most prominent poets and ask, what can we learn about modern China from reading their poetry? In addition to poems, the course will include fiction, essays, photographs, and films by both Chinese and non-Chinese artists that place our poets in a broader context; topics of discussion include national identity, revolution, translation, gender, the body, ethnicity, and technology

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4111
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4111 001/15143 F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Chloe Estep 4.00 20/20

EARL GU4120 Chan/Zen Buddhism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Some background in East Asian Buddhism, or instructor permission required.

Zen has become a household term, but the reality behind this term is not well known. Originating in China around the 6th century C.E., the Chan/Zen tradition became one of the major Buddhist schools and rapidly spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam (and, to a certain extent, Tibet). This course examines some aspects of this tradition, emphasizing its historical development, its mythological elements, and its multifaceted practice, which has for too long been reduced in the Western mind to meditation.

EAAS GU4122 Japanese New Wave and Cinematic Modernism. 4 points.

This course will delve into an analytical reconsideration of postwar Japanese cinema specifically from the perspective of the Japanese New Wave.  While we will aim to capture the exhilaration of the Japanese New Wave by closely analyzing existing studies on some of its key makers and their works, special attention will be given to what is left out of the category as it is conventionally understood, drawing on marginalized works and genres, such as educational and industrial films as well as pink films.

EAAS GU4160 CULTURES IN COLONIAL KOR. 4 points.

This course examines the processes of colonization that played a central role in locating Korea in an integrated world in the first half of the twentieth century. We will analyze the ways in which the intersections among an array of contemporary global issues and concerns (to name a few- social Darwinism, migration, urban space, gender, sexuality, militarism, race, liberalism, socialism, capitalism) shaped the modern experience in Korea under Japanese rule (1910-1945). Our approach will be multidisciplinary. We will look, for example, at art, architecture, literature, film, philosophy, religion, and historiography. Throughout, we will pay special attention to the place of Korea and Koreans in the expanding Japanese empire and, more broadly, in the global colonial context. Class will be held as a discussion seminar based on close reading of primary-source documents and recent scholarship.

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4160
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4160 001/11821 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Theodore Hughes 4 17/18

EAAS GU4217 CHINA ON STAGE. 4.00 points.

This course explores how Chinese identity and society have been staged in theatre productions over the past century. Course content includes play scripts in English translation, videos, photographs, archival materials, and English-language books and articles about Chinese theater

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4217
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4217 001/14924 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
306 Uris Hall
Claire Conceison 4.00 11/15

HSEA GU4218 Toward an intellectual history of Vietnam in the 20th century. 3.00 points.

This course traces the transformation of Vietnamese intellectual activity in the 20th century across a number of major social and political changes, from colonialism to socialism. It considers the circulation of ideas, religion, and cultural productions in shaping intellectual thought and Vietnamese history on a larger scale

Spring 2022: HSEA GU4218
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4218 001/14233 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402 International Affairs Bldg
Bao-Yen Vu 3.00 7/20

HSEA GU4220 ISLAM IN CHINA AND INNER ASIA. 4.00 points.

This seminar surveys the history of Islam, both in the Chinese interior and neighboring Inner Asia (primarily Xinjiang), from its arrival to the present day. Beginning with the first legendary accounts of migration from the Middle East to China, we trace the growth of an identifiable Muslimcommunity in the age of the Mongol empire, then look at Ming China’s interactions with the Islamic world, the Qing expansion into Inner Asia, and conclude by discussing modernist and nationalist trends of the twentieth-century

Spring 2022: HSEA GU4220
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4220 001/14925 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
329 Uris Hall
David Brophy 4.00 19/20

EAAS GU4226 Gender, Class and Real Estate in Urbanizing China. 4 points.

This is a seminar for advanced undergraduates and master’s degree students, which explores the socioeconomic consequences of China’s development of a boom, urban residential real-estate market since the privatization of housing at the end of the 1990s. We will use the intersecting lenses of gender/sexuality, class and race/ethnicity to analyze the dramatic new inequalities created in arguably the largest and fastest accumulation of residential-real estate wealth in history. We will examine topics such as how skyrocketing home prices and state-led urbanization have created winners and losers based on gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity and location (hukou), as China strives to transform from a predominantly rural population to one that is 60 percent urban by 2020. We explore the vastly divergent effects of urban real-estate development on Chinese citizens, from the most marginaliz4d communities in remote regions of Tibet and Xinjiang to hyper-wealthy investors in Manhattan. Although this course has no formal prerequisites, it assumes some basic knowledge of Chinese history. If you have never taken a course on China before, please ask me for guidance on whether or not this class is suitable for you. The syllabus is preliminary and subject to change based on breaking news events and the needs of the class.

Fall 2022: EAAS GU4226
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4226 001/10704 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Leta Hong Fincher 4 25/24

EAAS GU4236 CHINA'S LONG 1980's: INTERROGATING THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF REFORM AND OPENING. 4 points.

This course examines the experiences and legacies of China’s “long 1980s” (1978-1992), a time characterized by a state-led turn from central planning to a market approach to economic and social governance, an increasing integration of China into the world economy, and the emergence of a “cultural fever” characterized by artistic experimentations at all levels of society.

EARL GU4310 Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course engages the genre of life writing in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the permeable and fluid nature of this important sphere of Tibetan literature. Through Tibetan biographies, hagiographies, and autobiographies, the class will consider questions about how life-writing overlaps with religious doctrine, philosophy, and history. For comparative purposes, we will read life writing from Western (and Japanese or Chinese) authors, for instance accounts of the lives of Christian saints, raising questions about the cultural relativity of what makes up a life's story.

Spring 2022: EARL GU4310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EARL 4310 001/11346 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gray Tuttle 4 17/15

EARL GU4312 Tibetan Sacred Space (in Comparative Context). 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Through interdisciplinary theoretical approaches (mostly in the fields of religion, anthropology, literature, and history), this course engages the genre of writing about sacred space in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the micro (built environment) and macro (natural environment) levels of this important sphere of Tibetan literature. Through Tibetan pilgrimage accounts, place (monasteries, temples, etc) based guidebooks, geographically focused biographies, and pictorial representations of place, the class will consider questions about how place-writing overlaps with religious practice, politics, and history. For comparative purposes, we will read place based writing from Western and other Asian authors, for instance accounts of the guidebooks to and inscriptions at Christian churches, raising questions about the cultural relativity of what makes up sacred space.

Fall 2022: EARL GU4312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EARL 4312 001/10662 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Gray Tuttle 4 17/15

EARL GU4320 Buddhism and Korean Culture. 4 points.

Since Buddhism was introduced to Korea 1,600 years ago, the religion has had great impact on almost all aspects of the Korean society, making significant contributions to the distinct development of Korean culture. In this course, we will explore how Buddhism has influenced and interacted with various fields of Korean culture such as art, architecture, literature, philosophy, politics, religions, and popular culture. Buddhist scriptures, written in classical Chinese, with their colorful imaginations, have stimulated the development of Korean literature. Buddhist art, sculpture, and architecture have also catalyzed the Korean counterparts to bloom. The sophisticated philosophy and worldview of Buddhism, along with its diverse religious practices and rituals have added richness to the spiritual life of Korean people. Buddhism also attracted a significant number of followers, often playing important roles in politics. Throughout the course, we will not only investigate the influence of Buddhism on diverse aspects of Korean culture on their forms and at their depths, but also examine the interactions between Buddhism and other religions, as well as politics. Students will learn how Korean people have formed and reformed Korean culture through the medium of Buddhism

Fall 2022: EARL GU4320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EARL 4320 001/10663 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Seong-Uk Kim 4 15/15

EARL GU4328 Texts, Paintings, and Images of Korean Religions. 3.00 points.

The course explores the doctrines, practices, and rituals of Korean religions through iconic texts, paintings, and images. The texts, paintings, and images that the course covers include ghost stories, doctrinal exegeses and charts, missionary letters, polemical and apologetic writings, catechism, folklores, and ritual paintings

EAAS GU4334 Supernatural in Japanese Culture: Ghosts, Gods, and Animals. 4.00 points.

Covering a period from the 7th century to the present, this class draws on Japanese literature, folklore, painting, performance, and anime, to explore the world of the supernatural, particularly the role of ghosts, gods, demons, animals, and nature. Students are introduced to various strands of popular religion, including Buddhist cosmologies and native beliefs about nature and human life, with special attention to the relationship between the living and the dead, and explore the role of human intermediaries. The course looks at these texts and media in relationship to the local community, gender, social and occupational status, environment (both natural and urban), and historical period, exploring issues of social identity and power

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4334
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4334 001/14241 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Haruo Shirane 4.00 16/17

EAAS GU4352 The Fantastic World of Knights-Errant in Chinese Literature. 4.00 points.

This course approaches the Chinese knight-errant, often seen in the Kungfu films (most recently Mulan 2020), both as a historical fact and a literary imagination. It provides students with a broad overview of Chinese literature until the twentieth century, to familiarize students with the most prominent literary genres of each time period, from official history to classical poetry, from classical tale to vernacular fiction, from drama to film. Through reading/viewing the knight-errant literature, we will discuss issues including translation and comparative studies, "history" writing and forming, literary genre and media, gender boundary and transgression, national and trans-national

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4352
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4352 001/15142 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Sat Alfred Lerner Hall
Ye Yuan 4.00 15/15

EARL GU4410 TIBETAN MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS. 4 points.

Through interdisciplinary theoretical approaches (mostly in the fields of religion, anthropology, and history), this course examines THE key institution in Tibetan culture, namely monasteries. We will address the monastery from many different angles, from the physical infrastructure and soteriological justification to its governing documents as well as economic and educational roles.

EAAS GU4425 Women, Body, and Borders in Japanese Literature and Culture. 4.00 points.

The aim of this course is to examine the interrelated concepts of body, borders, gender construction, and sexuality as expressed in Japanese literature, religion, and culture from the premodern period to the present. We will use a variety of media including oral literature, narrative fiction, noh play, early modern comic literature, novel, film, and anime

Fall 2022: EAAS GU4425
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4425 001/12762 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Yiwen Shen 4.00 16/15

EAAS GU4445 Proletarian Asia - working-class culture from 1930s to present. 4.00 points.

From Bong Joon-ho’s runaway success Parasite, to manga adaptations of Kobayashi Takiji’s novel The Crab Cannery Ship, to the proliferation of Chinese migrant worker poetry, recent developments in the cultural landscape of East Asia have seen a renewed concern with the plight of workers and other sections of the oppressed under conditions of late capitalism. This course offers students the opportunity to situate these developments within an extended historical trajectory as the basis on which to think about the relation of radical histories to our present and possible future. It does so by integrating contemporary cultural texts with earlier cultural experiments that arose amidst the political turbulence of the 1930s across a range of locations in East Asia

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4445
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4445 001/14417 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Benjamin Kindler 4.00 20/20

EAAS GU4520 Modern Korean Literature in Translation. 3 points.

EAAS GU4553 SURVEY OF TIBETAN LITERATURE. 4.00 points.

Designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, this course introduces Tibetan belles-lettres and vernacular works (all in English translation) spanning from the imperial period to the present day. We will engage in close readings, together with discussion of the genre each text represents and its salience in current Tibetan intellectual discourse. In the final four weeks, we will read landmark works from the post-Mao period, with a view to the negotiation of traditional forms amidst the advent of new literary genres and the economics of cultural production. Questions to address include: How have Tibetan literary forms and content developed throughout history? How has the very concept of "Tibetan literature" been conceived? How have Tibetan writers and scholars—past and present—negotiated literary innovation? Each session will consist of a brief lecture followed by discussion. Lectures will incrementally provide students with a general timeline of Tibetan literary and related historical developments, as well as biographical material regarding the authors assigned for that week. Tibetan language students and heritage learners will be offered three optional sessions to read excerpts of selected texts in Tibetan

EAAS GU4558 Tibetan Science - Medicine, Knowledge, and the State on the Roof of the World. 4.00 points.

This course aims to pose the question of what ‘science’ can be in Tibetan and Himalayan cultures, and to examine these ‘sciences’ in their social, religious, political, transnational, and inter-cultural dimensions. Especially through the field of medicine, it explores the main developments of Tibetan knowledge mostly during the modern era from the 17th century onward, building on both ethnography and primary and secondary written sources. This course pays particular attention to the relation of this knowledge to various states, centralizing institutions, and policies and practices of legitimization, and further to the modernization and globalization of the production, application, and consumption of Tibetan medical knowledge, including during the current Covid-19 pandemic

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4558
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4558 001/15166 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Anna Sehnalova 4.00 12/15

EAAS GU4565 TIBET IN THE WORLD: CULTURAL PRODUCTION AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 4.00 points.

This course explores the intersection of cultural production with national policies and global economies in the context of Tibet. We will focus not on colonial sources (Mythos Tibet) but on a wide range of representational and expressive practices by contemporary Tibetans in film, literature, music, social media, art, performance, local museums, etc. -- all since the 1990s. Tibetan cultural production today is at once localized and transnational, whether it is the vision and work of artists in the People's Republic of China or the creation of Tibetans living in the diaspora. We will explore the impact of colonialism and socioeconomic marginalization on the de-centering and re-centering of ethnicity and identity in education, publishing, and the arts. How do Tibetan artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, comedians, and other cultural producers negotiate the complexities of modernity, secularization, globalization and political agendas, vis-à-vis incentives to preserve traditions, while engaging creatively? Each week will focus on 2 to 3 primary sources and 1 or 2 related secondary readings. Our discussions of the primary source materials (film screenings, readings, artwork, performances, etc.) will be enriched with readings in Cultural Studies, sociology, and anthropology, and by conversations with area artists

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4565
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4565 001/14242 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Lauran Hartley 4.00 19/25

EAAS GU4572 Chinese Documentary Cinema. 4 points.

What defines a “documentary” film? How do documentaries inform, provoke and move us?  What formal devices and aesthetic strategies do documentaries use to construct visions of reality and proclaim them as authentic, credible and authoritative? What can documentary cinema teach us about the changing Chinese society, and about cinema as a medium for social engagement?    This seminar introduces students to the aesthetics, epistemology and politics of documentary cinema in China from the 1940s to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary films produced in the past two decades.  We examine how documentaries contended history, registered subaltern experiences, engaged with issues of gender, ethnicity and class, and built new communities of testimony and activism to foster social change. Besides documentaries made by Chinese filmmakers, we also include a small number of films made on China by western filmmakers, including those by Joris Ivens, Michelangelo Antonioni, Frank Capra and Carma Hinton.  Topics include documentary poetics and aesthetics, evidence, performance and authenticity, the porous boundaries between documentary and fiction, and documentary ethics. As cinema is, among other things, a creative practice, in this course, students will be given opportunities to respond to films analytically and creatively, through writing as well as creative visual projects.  

EAAS GU4625 Socialist China in the Western Gaze (1949-1978). 4.00 points.

This seminar attempts to historicize China’s contemporary cultural diplomacy initiatives by examining the nation’s place in the world from the 1950s to the 1970s. Topics include China’s role in the socialist world of the 1950s and 1960s, global Maoist political movements, socialist China in the imagination of Western intellectuals, Western fascination with Maoist “people’s” science, and controversies over the depiction of China in 1970s European documentary cinema

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4625
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4625 001/14243 F 10:10am - 12:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Gavin Healy 4.00 5/15

HSEA GU4720 20th Century Tibetan History. 4 points.

    This course is designed for students interested in gaining a broad view of Tibetan history in the 20th century. We will cover the institutional history of major Tibetan state institutions and their rivals in the Tibetan borderlands, as well as the relations with China, Britain, and America. Discussion sessions throughout the semester will focus on important historical issues. Group(s): C

Spring 2022: HSEA GU4720
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4720 001/11349 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
522c Kent Hall
Gray Tuttle 4 12/15

EAAS GU4730 Science and Technology in Chinese Media Cultures. 4.00 points.

Covering a period from the late 19th century to the present, this class explores how ideas and practices in science and technology have historically entered popular imagination, social organization and political contestation, as they become mediated by various media forms and technologies such as photography, cinema, novels, television, video, internet platforms and data algorithms. In particular, we focus on how science and technology have shaped our understandings of the human body, and impacted on the various bodily experiences, from perception, cognition, to emotion and connection with others in the environment. This class helps students read media artefacts in a historically grounded and conceptually generative way, understanding media artefacts as historically conditioned, yet offering us resources for envisioning the future

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4730
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4730 001/14245 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Ying Qian 4.00 15/20

EAAS GU4777 A Thousand-Year Old Romance: Reading The Tale of Genji Across the Ages, Media, and Genres. 4.00 points.

This course presents a synchronous and diachronous exploration of The Tale of Genji, a masterpiece of Japanese literature. During the first half of the course, students will read the entire English translation of the tale, as well as a number of other primary texts from roughly the same time period in order to gain an understanding of the sociohistorical and literary context in which the tale came about, while the second half of the course is devoted to the reception and adaptations of the tale across various media, genres, and time periods, ranging from commentaries, noh plays, traditional paintings and even “fan fiction” to modern novels and manga. The aim of the course is to provide the students with an understanding of The Tale of Genji’s place within the Japanese literary tradition, and the impact it has had and continues to exert on all facets of Japanese culture

Spring 2022: EAAS GU4777
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAAS 4777 001/14244 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
6ab Kraft Center
Nhat-Phuong Ngo-Vu 4.00 11/15

EAAS GU4810 WOMEN AND LITERARY CULTURE IN JAPAN. 4.00 points.

Japan has a long tradition of highly sophisticated vernacular literature (poetry, prose fiction, essays and poetic memoirs) by aristocratic court women, particularly from the tenth- and eleventh-century, including The Tale of Genji, often considered the world’s first psychological novel. Writings by women in the early period had a deep impact on subsequent cultural production, and these vernacular writings (as well as the figure of these early women writers) acquired a new, contested significance from the end of the nineteenth century as part of the process of modern nation-building. Gender became a major organizing category in constructing discourse on literature, literary language, and literary modernity, particularly with regard to the novel. This seminar engages in close readings and discussion of selected works from the eleventh-century to twentieth-century Japan with particular attention to the genealogy of women’s writings and changing representations of women, gender, and social relations. Issues include: genre, media, intertextuality, and literary communities; body and sexuality; and in the modern period, the “woman question” and global feminisms as well as authorship and authority. All readings are in English. Original texts will be provided for those who can read in the original

HSEA GU4860 Culture and Society of Choson Korea, 1392-1910. 3 points.

Major cultural, political, social, economic and literary issues in the history of this 500-year long period. Reading and discussion of primary texts (in translation) and major scholarly works. All readings will be in English.

HSEA GU4880 History of Modern China I. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

China’s transformation under its last imperial rulers, with special emphasis on economic, legal, political, and cultural change.

Fall 2022: HSEA GU4880
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4880 001/10667 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
413 Kent Hall
Madeleine Zelin 3 58/60

HSEA GU4882 HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA II. 3.00 points.

China's search for a new order in the long twentieth century with a focus on political, social and cultural change

Spring 2022: HSEA GU4882
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4882 001/11350 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
825 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Eugenia Lean 3.00 26/40

HSEA GU4888 WOMEN & GENDER IN KOREAN. 4 points.

While the rise of women's history and feminist theory in the 1960s and 1970s fostered more general reevaluations of social and cultural history in the West, such progressions have been far more modest in Korean history. To introduce one of the larger challenges in current Korean historiography, this course explores the experiences, consciousness and representations of women Korea at home and abroad from premodern times to the present. Historical studies of women and gender in Korea will be analyzed in conjunction with theories of Western women's history to encourage new methods of rethinking "patriarchy" within the Korean context. By tracing the lives of women from various socio-cultural aspects and examining the multiple interactions between the state, local community, family and individual, women's places in the family and in society, their relationships with one another and men, and the evolution of ideas about gender and sexuality throughout Korea's complicated past will be reexamined through concrete topics with historical specificity and as many primary sources as possible. With understanding dynamics of women's lives in Korean society, this class will build an important bridge to understand the construction of New Women in early twentieth-century Korea, when women from all walks of life had to accommodate their "old-style" predecessors and transform themselves to new women, as well as the lives of contemporary Korean women. This will be very much a reading-and-discussion course. Lectures will review the readings in historical perspective and supplement them. The period to be studied ranges from the pre-modern time up to the turn of twentieth century, with special attention to the early modern period.

HSEA GU4891 LAW IN CHINESE HISTORY. 4 points.

An introduction to major issues of concern to legal historians as viewed through the lens of Chinese legal history.  Issues covered include civil and criminal law, formal and informal justice, law and the family, law and the economy, the search for law beyond state-made law and legal codes, and the question of rule of law in China.  Chinese codes and course case records and other primary materials in translation will be analyzed to develop a sense of the legal system in theory and in practice.

Spring 2022: HSEA GU4891
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HSEA 4891 001/11351 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Kent Hall
Madeleine Zelin 4 16/15

Chinese Language Courses

CHNS UN1010 INTRODUCTORY CHINESE A. 2.50 points.

The program is designed to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing colloquial Chinese. This course is divided into two parts: Introductory Chinese A and Introductory Chinese B. The two parts together cover the same materials as CHNS UN1101 FIRST YEAR CHINESE I

Spring 2022: CHNS UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1010 001/11249 M W 8:50am - 9:55am
522c Kent Hall
Yaxi Zheng 2.50 9/15
CHNS 1010 002/11250 M W 11:40am - 12:45pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Yaxi Zheng 2.50 11/15
CHNS 1010 003/11251 T Th 8:50am - 9:55am
522c Kent Hall
Shaoyan Qi 2.50 12/15
CHNS 1010 004/11252 T Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522c Kent Hall
Shaoyan Qi 2.50 13/15

CHNS UN1011 INTRODUCTORY CHINESE B. 2.50 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS UN1010 Introductory Chinese A or the equivalent. The program is designed to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing colloquial Chinese. This course is diivded into two parts: Introductory Chinese A and Introductory Chinese B. The two parts combined cover the same materials as CHNS 1101 FIRST YEAR CHINESE I and fulfill the requirement for admission to CHNS 1102 FIRST YEAR CHINESE II

Fall 2022: CHNS UN1011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1011 001/10501 M W 8:50am - 9:55am
522a Kent Hall
Yaxi Zheng 2.50 9/15
CHNS 1011 002/10502 M W 11:40am - 12:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Yaxi Zheng 2.50 10/15

CHNS UN1101 FIRST YEAR CHINESE I. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: None. Eligibility: This course is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and visiting students Introduces basic sentence structures and vocabulary in colloquial Chinese and focuses on developing basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Pinyin system and traditional characters are used. To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer: Chinese Language Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Tuition charges apply; scholarships available. Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term A & B dates

Fall 2022: CHNS UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1101 001/10503 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
423 Kent Hall
Ling Yan 5.00 17/15
CHNS 1101 002/10505 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
476a Alfred Lerner Hall
Tao Peng 5.00 15/15
CHNS 1101 003/10506 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Lingjun Hu 5.00 16/15
CHNS 1101 004/10507 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 17/15
CHNS 1101 005/11070 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Kaidi Chen 5.00 16/15

CHNS UN1102 FIRST YEAR CHINESE II. 5.00 points.

The course is designed to develop basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern colloquial Chinese. Standard Chinese pronunciation, traditional characters. Students who can already speak Mandarin will not be accepted into this course. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE

Spring 2022: CHNS UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1102 001/11254 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
423 Kent Hall
Ling Yan 5.00 12/15
CHNS 1102 002/11255 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
Bwy Alfred Lerner Hall
Tao Peng 5.00 10/15
CHNS 1102 003/11256 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Lingjun Hu 5.00 14/15
CHNS 1102 004/11257 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 12/15
CHNS 1102 005/11258 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Juan Zhong 5.00 6/15
CHNS 1102 006/11862 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
4a Kraft Center
Chen Wu 5.00 2/15
Fall 2022: CHNS UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1102 001/10508 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
411 Kent Hall
Tianqi Jiang 5.00 4/15

CHNS UN1111 First-Year Chinese I (W). 5 points.

Enrollment limited to 25.

The course is specially designed for students of Chinese heritage and advanced beginners with good speaking skills. It aims to develop the student's basic skills to read and write modern colloquial Chinese. Pinyin system is introduced; standard Chinese pronunciation, and traditional characters. Classes will be conducted mostly in Chinese. Open to students with Mandarin speaking ability in Chinese only. CC GS EN CE

Fall 2022: CHNS UN1111
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1111 001/10509 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
424 Kent Hall
Tianqi Jiang 5 15/15
CHNS 1111 002/10510 M T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
328 Uris Hall
Hailong Wang 5 15/15

CHNS UN1112 First-Year Chinese II (W). 5 points.

Enrollment limited to 25.

The course is specially designed for students of Chinese heritage and advanced beginners with good speaking skills. It aims to develop the student's basic skills to read and write modern colloquial Chinese. Pinyin system is introduced; standard Chinese pronunciation, and traditional characters. Classes will be conducted mostly in Chinese. Open to students with Mandarin speaking ability in Chinese only. CC GS EN CE

Spring 2022: CHNS UN1112
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 1112 001/11259 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
329 Uris Hall
Tianqi Jiang 5 16/15
CHNS 1112 002/11260 M T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
522c Kent Hall
Hailong Wang 5 16/15

CHNS UN1115 Accelerated First Year Chinese (W). 5.00 points.

Accelerated First Year Chinese is an introductory course for heritage Chinese language learners who have native or near-native speaking skills but have little or no knowledge of scripts system of Chinese. Students with an upbringing or long-term exposure to oral Chinese language use can take this course to develop their literacy skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture

CHNS UN2201 SECOND YEAR CHINESE I. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Chinese or the equivalent. Texts: Jingua Chinese (Columbia University staff, published by Peking University Press; traditional and simplified characters) Consolidates and develops language skills used in everyday communication. Texts are presented in the form of a narrative that provides language situations, sentence patterns, word usage, and cultural information. Comprehensive exercises rely on highly structured practice in vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Semi-formal and literary styles are introduced in later lessons as transition to more advanced levels of Chinese language study. The first half of the course emphasizes skills for conducting everyday tasks such as shopping, making telephone calls, seeing a doctor, or looking for a job. The second half focuses on aspects of Chinese culture: the social norms of politeness and gift-giving, traditions such as inter-generational relationships and marriage ceremonies, customs such as special foods and holidays. While providing practical training, the course aims to raise the student's linguistic competence in preparation for advanced studies in Mandarin. To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer: Chinese Language Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Tuition charges apply; scholarships available. Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term A & B dates

Spring 2022: CHNS UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2201 001/11261 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
424 Kent Hall
Guangyu Hao 5.00 13/15
Summer 2022: CHNS UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2201 001/11437  
Lingjun Hu 5.00 6/20
Fall 2022: CHNS UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2201 001/10512 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
4a Kraft Center
Shaoyan Qi 5.00 17/15
CHNS 2201 002/10513 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
4c Kraft Center
Jia Xu 5.00 10/15
CHNS 2201 003/10514 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
522b Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 15/15
CHNS 2201 004/11071 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Yanwen Wu 5.00 9/15
CHNS 2201 005/11072 M T W Th 6:10pm - 7:15pm
522b Kent Hall
Kaidi Chen 5.00 9/15

CHNS UN2202 SECOND YEAR CHINESE II. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Chinese or the equivalent. Texts: Jingua Chinese (Columbia University staff, published by Peking University Press; traditional and simplified characters) Consolidates and develops language skills used in everyday communication. Texts are presented in the form of a narrative that provides language situations, sentence patterns, word usage, and cultural information. Comprehensive exercises rely on highly structured practice in vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Semi-formal and literary styles are introduced in later lessons as transition to more advanced levels of Chinese language study. The first half of the course emphasizes skills for conducting everyday tasks such as shopping, making telephone calls, seeing a doctor, or looking for a job. The second half focuses on aspects of Chinese culture: the social norms of politeness and gift-giving, traditions such as inter-generational relationships and marriage ceremonies, customs such as special foods and holidays. While providing practical training, the course aims to raise the student's linguistic competence in preparation for advanced studies in Mandarin. To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer: Chinese Language Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Tuition charges apply; scholarships available. Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term A & B dates

Spring 2022: CHNS UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2202 001/11262 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
522c Kent Hall
Shaoyan Qi 5.00 14/15
CHNS 2202 002/11263 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
4c Kraft Center
Jia Xu 5.00 15/15
CHNS 2202 003/11264 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 16/15
CHNS 2202 004/11265 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
4a Kraft Center
Tao Peng 5.00 5/15
CHNS 2202 005/11266 M T W Th 6:10pm - 7:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 8/15
Summer 2022: CHNS UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2202 001/11438  
Lingjun Hu 5.00 6/20
Fall 2022: CHNS UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2202 001/11073 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522b Kent Hall
Yike Li 5.00 11/15

CHNS UN2221 Second-Year Chinese I (W). 5 points.

Enrollment limited to 25.

Prerequisites: CHNS UN1112 or the equivalent. See Admission to Language Courses.

Continuation of CHNS UN1112, with a focus on reading comprehension and written Chinese. Traditional characters. CC GS EN CE

Fall 2022: CHNS UN2221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2221 001/10515 M T Th 12:10pm - 1:25pm
329 Uris Hall
Yuan-Yuan Meng 5 13/15

CHNS UN2222 Second-Year Chinese II (W). 5 points.

Enrollment limited to 25.

Prerequisites: CHNS C1112 or F1112, or the equivalent. See Admission to Language Courses.

Continuation of CHNS C1112, with a focus on reading comprehension and written Chinese. Traditional characters.  CC GS EN CE

Spring 2022: CHNS UN2222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 2222 001/11267 M W Th 12:10pm - 1:25pm
1102 International Affairs Bldg
Yuan-Yuan Meng 5 9/15

CHNS UN3003 THIRD YEAR CHINESE I. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: Two years of college-level Chinese or the equivalent Texts: Jingua Chinese (Columbia University staff, published by Peking University Press; simplified characters) Introduces Chinese social values and attitudes, focusing on the rapid changes now taking place in China. Uses materials from Chinese newspapers and modern short stories to teach essential elements of semi-formal and formal writing. Reading and writing are routine tasks and oral discussion and debate are important components of the class, allowing students to integrate and improve their communication skills in Chinese. To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer: Chinese Language Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Tuition charges apply; scholarships available. Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term A & B dates

Summer 2022: CHNS UN3003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3003 001/11620  
Zhirong Wang 5.00 2/20
Fall 2022: CHNS UN3003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3003 001/10516 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
424 Kent Hall
Zhirong Wang 5.00 8/15
CHNS 3003 002/10517 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
4c Kraft Center
Jia Xu 5.00 17/15
CHNS 3003 003/10518 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
424 Kent Hall
Lingjun Hu 5.00 9/15
CHNS 3003 004/11074 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
424 Kent Hall
Yanwen Wu 5.00 7/15

CHNS UN3006 Third-Year Chinese II (W). 5 points.

Enrollment limited to 25.

Prerequisites: CHNS W4005 or the equivalent.

Admission after Chinese placement exam and an oral proficiency interview with the instructor. Especially designed for students who possess good speaking ability and who wish to acquire practical writing skills as well as business-related vocabulary and speech patterns. Introduction to semiformal and formal Chinese used in everyday writing and social or business-related occasions. Simplified characters are introduced.

Spring 2022: CHNS UN3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3006 001/11272 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
4a Kraft Center
Hailong Wang 5 9/15

CHNS UN3005 THIRD YEAR CHINESE W. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS C1222 or F1222, or the equivalent. Admission after Chinese placement exam and an oral proficiency interview with the instructor. Especially designed for students who possess good speaking ability and who wish to acquire practical writing skills as well as business-related vocabulary and speech patterns. Introduction to semiformal and formal Chinese used in everyday writing and social or business-related occasions. Simplified characters are introduced

Fall 2022: CHNS UN3005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3005 001/10519 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
316 Hamilton Hall
Hailong Wang 5.00 7/15

CHNS UN3004 THIRD YEAR CHINESE II. 5.00 points.

Prerequisites: Two years of college-level Chinese or the equivalent Texts: Jingua Chinese (Columbia University staff, published by Peking University Press; simplified characters) Introduces Chinese social values and attitudes, focusing on the rapid changes now taking place in China. Uses materials from Chinese newspapers and modern short stories to teach essential elements of semi-formal and formal writing. Reading and writing are routine tasks and oral discussion and debate are important components of the class, allowing students to integrate and improve their communication skills in Chinese. To enroll in this course, you must apply to the Virtual Columbia Summer: Chinese Language Program through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE). Tuition charges apply; scholarships available. Please note the program dates are different from the Summer Term A & B dates

Spring 2022: CHNS UN3004
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3004 001/11268 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
411 Kent Hall
Zhirong Wang 5.00 7/15
CHNS 3004 002/11269 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
4c Kraft Center
Jia Xu 5.00 13/15
CHNS 3004 003/11270 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
424 Kent Hall
Lingjun Hu 5.00 6/15
CHNS 3004 004/11271 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Xiaoxing Cheng 5.00 6/15
Summer 2022: CHNS UN3004
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 3004 001/11440  
Zhirong Wang 5.00 2/20

CHNS GU4012 BUSINESS CHINESE I. 4.00 points.

The Business Chinese I course is designed to prepare students to use Chinese in a present or future work situation. Students will develop skills in the practical principles of grammar, vocabulary, and cross-cultural understanding needed in today’s business world

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4012 001/10520 M T W 10:10am - 11:15am
476b Alfred Lerner Hall
Zhong Qi Shi 4.00 17/15

CHNS GU4013 Business Chinese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: two years of Chinese study at college level.

This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for two years at college level and are interested in business studies concerning China. It offers systematic descriptions of Chinese language used in business discourse. CC GS EN CE

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4013
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4013 001/11273 M T W 10:10am - 11:15am
568 Alfred Lerner Hall
Zhong Qi Shi 4 6/15

CHNS GU4014 Media Chinese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least 3 years of intensive Chinese language training at college level and the instructor's permission.

This advanced course is designed to specifically train students' listening and speaking skills in both formal and colloquial language through various Chinese media sources. Students view and discuss excerpts of Chinese TV news broadcasts, soap operas, and movie segments on a regular basis. Close reading of newspaper and internet articles and blogs supplements the training of verbal skills.

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4014
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4014 001/10521 M T Th 9:10am - 10:25am
501 International Affairs Bldg
Yuan-Yuan Meng 4 5/15

CHNS GU4016 FOURTH YEAR CHINESE II. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS G4015 or the equivalent.
This Level 4 Chinese language course emphasizes systematic development of lexical knowledge and the enhancement of reading and writing skills. Through an in-depth exploration of video clips, expository essays and short stories, students will expand their vocabulary, learn to analyze syntactically and semantically complicated texts, and develop their narrative and summary writing skills

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4016
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4016 001/11275 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:05am
423 Kent Hall
Ling Yan 4.00 7/15

CHNS GU4015 MEDIA CHINESE II. 4.00 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

This Level 4 Chinese language class engages students in reading and discussion of current events. Course materials consist of news stories, commentaries and documentary films. Topics covered for the summer term include US-China relations, China’s economic development, China's rise, Chinese dissidents, and public health

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4015
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4015 001/11274 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
522d Kent Hall
Yuan-Yuan Meng 4.00 4/15
Fall 2022: CHNS GU4015
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4015 001/10522 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:05am
423 Kent Hall
Ling Yan 4.00 3/15

CHNS GU4017 FOURTH YEAR CHINESE ADV I. 4.00 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS W4006 or the equivalent. This is a non-consecutive reading course designed for those whose proficiency is above 4th level. See Admission to Language Courses. Selections from contemporary Chinese authors in both traditional and simplified characters with attention to expository, journalistic, and literary styles

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4017
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4017 001/10523 M W F 11:40am - 12:55pm
476a Alfred Lerner Hall
Tao Peng 4.00 10/15

CHNS GU4018 Readings In Modern Chinese II (W) (Level 4). 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS W4017 or the equivalent.

This is a non-consecutive reading course designed for those whose proficiency is above 4th level. See Admission to Language Courses. Selections from contemporary Chinese authors in both traditional and simplified characters with attention to expository, journalistic, and literary styles.

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4018
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4018 001/11276 M W F 11:40am - 12:55pm
4a Kraft Center
Chen Wu 4 10/15

CHNS GU4019 HISTORY OF CHINESE LANGUAGE. 3.00 points.

The evolution of the Chinese language. Topics include historical phonology, the Chinese script, the classical and literary languages, the standard language and major dialects, language and society, etc

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4019
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4019 001/11277 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
411 Kent Hall
Zhirong Wang 3.00 10/15
Fall 2022: CHNS GU4019
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4019 001/10524 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
424 Kent Hall
Zhirong Wang 3.00 15/15

CHNS GU4050 Legal Chinese. 4.00 points.

Legal Chinese is designed for students who have studied at least three years of Chinese (or the equivalent) and are interested in legal studies concerning China. This course offers systematic descriptions of Chinese language used in legal discourse, its vocabulary, syntactic structures and pragmatic functions

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4050 001/14230 M W Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
305 Uris Hall
Tianqi Jiang 4.00 5/15

CHNS GU4105 Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition. 4.00 points.

This course targets the development of productive skills. Course materials and homework assignments focus on helping students improve their abilities in describing people, places and objects, narrating events, stating opinions, and summarizing oral or written texts. The course culminates in a research project, for which students will investigage a problem related to one of the course topics

CHNS GU4112 ADVANCED BUSINESS CHINESE. 4 points.

Advanced Business Chinese is designed to help students who have studied at least three years of Chinese (or the equivalent) to achieve greater proficiency in the oral and written use of the language and gain knowledge in depth about China’s business environment and proven strategies. Student will critically examine the successes and failures of firms within the Chinese business arena.

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4112
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4112 001/10525 M T W 11:40am - 12:45pm
476b Alfred Lerner Hall
Zhong Qi Shi 4 8/15

CHNS GU4113 Advanced Business Chinese II. 4.00 points.

Advanced Business Chinese II is the continuation of Advanced Business Chinese I, both of which are designed to help Columbia students who have achieved the advanced level of proficiency in Chinese use the language to communicate effectively in professional contexts. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the concept of Face, Guanxi/Interpersonal obligations, Chinese modesty and humility, and Chinese style of negotiation and decision making

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4113
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4113 001/14231 M T W 11:40am - 12:45pm
568 Alfred Lerner Hall
Zhong Qi Shi 4.00 11/12

CHNS GU4301 Introduction To Classical Chinese I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: completion of three years of modern Chinese at least, or four years of Japanese or Korean.

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4301
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4301 001/10526 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
405 Kent Hall
Lening Liu 3 15/15

CHNS GU4302 Introduction To Classical Chinese II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS W3301: Classical Chinese I; completion of three years of modern Chinese at least, or four years of Japanese or Korean.

Please see department.  Prerequisites: CHNS W3301: Classical Chinese I; completion of three years of modern Chinese at least, or four years of Japanese or Korean.

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4302
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4302 001/11278 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
405 Kent Hall
Lening Liu 3 11/15

CHNS GU4507 Readings in Classical Chinese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS W3302 or the equivalent.

Admission after placement exam. Focusing on Tang and Song prose and poetry, introduces a broad variety of genres through close readings of chosen texts as well as the specific methods, skills, and tools to approach them. Strong emphasis on the grammatical and stylistic analysis of representative works. CC GS EN CE

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4507 001/10652 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
306 Uris Hall
Wei Shang 4 18/20

CHNS GU4508 Readings in Classical Chinese II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHNS W4007 or the equivalent.

Admission after placement exam. Focusing on Tang and Song prose and poetry, introduces a broad variety of genres through close readings of chosen texts as well as the specific methods, skills, and tools to approach them. Strong emphasis on the grammatical and stylistic analysis of representative works. CC GS EN CE

Spring 2022: CHNS GU4508
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4508 001/11347 W F 10:10am - 11:25am
411 Kent Hall
Andrew Plaks 4 15/20

CHNS GU4516 FIFTH YEAR CHINESE I. 4 points.

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Summer 2022: CHNS GU4516
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4516 001/13353  
Ling Yan 4 1/20
Fall 2022: CHNS GU4516
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4516 001/10527 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
255 International Affairs Bldg
Lening Liu 4 15/15

CHNS GU4904 Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language. 4 points.

For more than forty years, second language acquisition (SLA) has been emerging as an independent field of inquiry with its own research agenda and theoretical paradigms. The study of SLA is inherently interdisciplinary, as it draws on scholarship from the fields of linguistics, psychology, education, and sociology. This course explores how Chinese is acquired by non-native speakers. Students will learn about general phenomena and patterns during the process of acquiring a new language. They will become familiar with important core concepts, theoretical frameworks, and research practices of the field of SLA, with Chinese as the linguistic focus.

Fall 2022: CHNS GU4904
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHNS 4904 001/10528 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
305 Uris Hall
Shaoyan Qi 4 5/15

Japanese Language Courses

JPNS UN1001 INTRODUCTORY JAPANESE A. 2.50 points.

Introductory Japanese A is an introduction to Japanese language and culture and is designed for students who have had little or no experience learning Japanese. The goal of this course is to develop four basic skills in modern Japanese with an emphasis on grammatical accuracy and socially appropriate language use. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to engage in basic daily conversations and to develop the ability to read and write hiragana as well as katakana. The sequence includes JPNS UN1001 Introductory Japanese A and JPNS UN1002 Introductory Japanese B. These courses combined (JPNS UN1001 and JPNS UN1002) are the equivalent to JPNS UN1101 First Year Japanese I and fulfills the requirement for admission to JPNS UN1102 First Year Japanese II

Spring 2022: JPNS UN1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1001 001/11281 M W 11:40am - 12:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 2.50 12/12
JPNS 1001 002/11282 M W 5:40pm - 6:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Miharu Nittono 2.50 11/12
JPNS 1001 003/11283 T Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
423 Kent Hall
Miharu Nittono 2.50 13/12
JPNS 1001 004/11284 T Th 5:40pm - 6:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 2.50 11/14

JPNS UN1002 Introductory Japanese B. 2.5 points.

Prerequisites: C+ or above in JPNS W1001 or pass the placement test.

The sequence begins in the spring term. JPNS W1001-W1002 is equivalent to JPNS C1101 or F1101 and fulfills the requirement for admission to JPNS C1102 or F1102. Aims at the acquisition of basic Japanese grammar and Japanese culture with an emphasis on accurate communication in speaking and writing. CC GS EN CE GSAS

Fall 2022: JPNS UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1002 001/10529 M W 5:40pm - 6:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 2.5 15/15
JPNS 1002 002/10530 T Th 5:40pm - 6:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 2.5 11/12

JPNS UN1101 First-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Lab Required

Basic training in Japanese through speaking, listening, reading and writing in various cultural contexts. 

Fall 2022: JPNS UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1101 001/10531 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
411 Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 14/12
JPNS 1101 002/10532 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
568 Alfred Lerner Hall
Mayumi Nishida 5 14/12
JPNS 1101 003/10533 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 14/12
JPNS 1101 004/10534 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
477 Alfred Lerner Hall
Naoko Sourial 5 14/12
JPNS 1101 005/10535 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
522d Kent Hall
Shuichiro Takeda 5 12/12
JPNS 1101 006/10536 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Keiko Okamoto 5 14/12
JPNS 1101 007/10537 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
411 Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 5 14/12

JPNS UN1102 First-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1101, F1101, or W1001-W1002, or the equivalent.

Basic training in Japanese through speaking, listening, reading and writing in various cultural contexts. 

Spring 2022: JPNS UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 1102 001/11285 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
522b Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 16/16
JPNS 1102 002/11286 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
522b Kent Hall
Fumiko Nazikian 5 12/12
JPNS 1102 003/11287 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
328 Uris Hall
Naoko Sourial 5 12/12
JPNS 1102 004/11288 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
477 Alfred Lerner Hall
Mayumi Nishida 5 10/12
JPNS 1102 005/11289 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
4c Kraft Center
Shuichiro Takeda 5 13/14
JPNS 1102 006/11290 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Keiko Okamoto 5 12/12
JPNS 1102 007/11291 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522b Kent Hall
Chikako Takahashi 5 16/14

JPNS UN2201 Second-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1102 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required.

Fall 2022: JPNS UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 2201 001/10538 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
477 Alfred Lerner Hall
Naoko Sourial 5 13/12
JPNS 2201 002/10539 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 12/12
JPNS 2201 003/10540 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
423 Kent Hall
Miharu Nittono 5 12/12
JPNS 2201 004/10541 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 12/12

JPNS UN2202 Second-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: JPNS C1201 or the equivalent.

Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required.

Spring 2022: JPNS UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 2202 001/11293 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
328 Uris Hall
Naoko Sourial 5 13/12
JPNS 2202 002/11292 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
306 Uris Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 14/12
JPNS 2202 004/11295 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 5 13/12

JPNS UN3005 Third-Year Japanese I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

Fall 2022: JPNS UN3005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 3005 001/10542 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
6c Kraft Center
Kyoko Loetscher 5 10/12
JPNS 3005 002/10543 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
307 Mathematics Building
Keiko Okamoto 5 5/12

JPNS UN3006 Third-Year Japanese II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4005 or the equivalent.

Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.

Spring 2022: JPNS UN3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 3006 001/11296 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Keiko Okamoto 5 11/12
JPNS 3006 002/11297 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 5 9/12

JPNS UN3401 JAPANESE POP CULTURE. 2 points.

This course examines various aspects of Japanese pop culture including but not limited to manga, anime, pop idols, and otaku (primary consumers of Japanese pop culture). The course will also discuss why Japanese pop culture is popular outside Japan such as the US and how it has been tailored to the local culture.

JPNS UN3402 JAPANESE POP CULTURE II. 2.50 points.

This Japanese language course examines various aspects of Japanese pop culture including, but not limited to anime, pop idols, music, and otaku. This is a Third Year Japanese Level course and will be conducted entirely in Japanese

JPNS GU4007 Introduction To Classical Japanese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent.

Introduction to the fundamentals of classical Japanese grammar. Trains students to read Japanese historical and literary texts from the early period up to the 20th century.

Fall 2022: JPNS GU4007
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4007 001/11075 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522d Kent Hall
Charles Woolley 4 7/12

JPNS GU4008 Readings in Classical Japanese. 4 points.

Close readings of specific texts, as well as methods, skills, and tools. 

Spring 2022: JPNS GU4008
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4008 001/11298 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
4a Kraft Center
Tomi Suzuki 4 6/15

JPNS GU4012 Fourth Year Business Japanese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Third Year Level Japanese I and II, or equivalent. This course is designed for intermediate students to acquire advanced Japanese proficiency in all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading with the focus on using Japanese in business settings. The main objective of this course is to foster not only students' practical communication skills in business Japanese but also to develop their ability to carry out business activities in a global society (a society of multiple languages and cultures) by incorporating interdisciplinary subjects.

JPNS GU4017 Fourth-Year Japanese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4006 or the equivalent.

Sections 1 & 2: Readings of advanced modern literary, historical, political, and journalistic texts, and class discussions about current issues and videos. Exercises in scanning, comprehension, and English translation. Section 3: Designed for advanced students interested in developing skills for reading and comprehending modern Japanese scholarship.

Fall 2022: JPNS GU4017
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4017 001/10545 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 4 6/12
JPNS 4017 002/10546 M W F 11:40am - 12:55pm
6c Kraft Center
Kyoko Loetscher 4 9/12

JPNS GU4018 Fourth-Year Japanese II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: JPNS W4017 or the equivalent.

Sections 1 & 2: Readings of advanced modern literary, historical, political, and journalistic texts, and class discussions about current issues and videos. Exercises in scanning, comprehension, and English translation. Section 3: Designed for advanced students interested in developing skills for reading and comprehending modern Japanese scholarship.

Spring 2022: JPNS GU4018
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
JPNS 4018 001/11299 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
522d Kent Hall
Shigeru Eguchi 4 10/12
JPNS 4018 002/11300 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
522d Kent Hall
Kyoko Loetscher 4 5/12

Korean Language Courses

KORN UN1001 INTRODUCTORY KOREAN A. 2.50 points.

This course provides basic training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Korean. Introductory Korean A is equivalent to the first half of First Year Korean I

Spring 2022: KORN UN1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 1001 001/11302 M W 2:40pm - 3:45pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Hyunkyu Yi 2.50 18/16
KORN 1001 002/11303 T Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
4c Kraft Center
Hyunkyu Yi 2.50 17/16
KORN 1001 003/11304 M W 11:40am - 12:45pm
337 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Seunghyo Ryu 2.50 16/16
KORN 1001 004/11305 T Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Seunghyo Ryu 2.50 15/16

KORN UN1002 INTRODUCTORY KOREAN B. 2.50 points.

This course is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Korean. Introductory Korean B is the equivalent to the second half of First Year Korean I

Fall 2022: KORN UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 1002 001/10548 M W 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Hyunkyu Yi 2.50 14/14
KORN 1002 002/10549 T Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522d Kent Hall
Hyunkyu Yi 2.50 11/14
KORN 1002 004/10551 T Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Beom Lee 2.50 6/14

KORN UN1101 FIRST YEAR KOREAN I. 5.00 points.

This course is designed to develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Korean

Fall 2022: KORN UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 1101 001/10552 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
329 Uris Hall
Ji young Choi 5.00 16/14
KORN 1101 002/10553 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
606 Lewisohn Hall
Hey-Ryoun Hong 5.00 9/14
KORN 1101 003/11069 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
606 Lewisohn Hall
Seunghyo Ryu 5.00 9/14
KORN 1101 004/10554 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
4a Kraft Center
Ji-Young Jung 5.00 8/14
KORN 1101 005/10555 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Joowon Suh 5.00 14/14
KORN 1101 006/10556 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
305 Uris Hall
Ji Kim 5.00 15/14

KORN UN1102 First-Year Korean II. 5 points.

Lab Required
Students who are unsure which section to register for should see the director of the Korean Language Program.

An introduction to written and spoken Korean. Textbook: Integrated Korean, Beginning I and II.

Spring 2022: KORN UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 1102 001/11813 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
328 Uris Hall
Ji young Choi 5 9/14
KORN 1102 002/11307 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
305 Uris Hall
Hey-Ryoun Hong 5 5/14
KORN 1102 003/11308 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
411 Kent Hall
Eunice Chung 5 16/14
KORN 1102 004/11309 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
522b Kent Hall
Ji-Young Jung 5 17/14
KORN 1102 005/11310 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Joowon Suh 5 15/14
KORN 1102 006/11311 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
411 Kent Hall
Ji Kim 5 13/14

KORN UN2201 Second-Year Korean I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W1102 or the equivalent. Consultation with the instructors is required before registration for section assignment.

Further practice in reading, writing, listening comprehension, conversation, and grammar.

Fall 2022: KORN UN2201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 2201 001/10557 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
212a Lewisohn Hall
YongJun Choi 5 5/14
KORN 2201 002/10558 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
507 Lewisohn Hall
Yun Kim 5 9/14
KORN 2201 003/10559 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
305 Uris Hall
Eunice Chung 5 15/14
KORN 2201 004/10560 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
327 Uris Hall
Beom Lee 5 12/14

KORN UN2202 Second-Year Korean II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W1102 or the equivalent. Consultation with the instructors is required before registration for section assignment.

Further practice in reading, writing, listening comprehension, conversation, and grammar.

Spring 2022: KORN UN2202
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 2202 001/11312 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
424 Kent Hall
Eunice Chung 5 6/14
KORN 2202 002/11313 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
327 Uris Hall
Yun Kim 5 9/14
KORN 2202 003/11314 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
411 Kent Hall
Eunice Chung 5 15/14
KORN 2202 004/11315 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
424 Kent Hall
Beom Lee 5 16/14
KORN 2202 005/11316 M T W Th 4:10pm - 5:15pm
511 Hamilton Hall
YongJun Choi 5 12/14

KORN UN2221 Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers I. 5.00 points.

This course is the first half of Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers. This course is designed specifically for heritage students who have some previous knowledge of Hangul and basic sentence patterns of everyday Korean. Upon completion of this course, students may advance to Accelerated Korean for Heritage Speakers II to complete the college's two-year foreign language requirement in one year

Fall 2022: KORN UN2221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 2221 001/12688 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
4a Kraft Center
Ji-Young Jung 5.00 3/14

KORN UN3005 Third-Year Korean I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W1202 or the equivalent and consultation with instructor. (See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures.)

Readings in modern Korean. Selections from modern Korean writings in literature, history, social sciences, culture, and videos and class discussions.

Fall 2022: KORN UN3005
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 3005 001/10562 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
Bwy Alfred Lerner Hall
Hyunkyu Yi 5 8/14
KORN 3005 002/10563 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
305 Uris Hall
Eunice Chung 5 11/14

KORN UN3006 Third-Year Korean II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W1202 or the equivalent and consultation with instructor. (See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures.)

Readings in modern Korean. Selections from modern Korean writings in literature, history, social sciences, culture, and videos and class discussions.

Spring 2022: KORN UN3006
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 3006 001/11317 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
Bwy Alfred Lerner Hall
Hyunkyu Yi 5 14/14
KORN 3006 002/11318 M T W Th 11:40am - 12:45pm
522b Kent Hall
Ji-Young Jung 5 9/14

KORN GU4105 Fourth-Year Korean I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W4006 or the equivalent.

Selections from advanced modern Korean writings in social sciences, literature, culture, history, journalistic texts, and intensive conversation exercises.

Fall 2022: KORN GU4105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 4105 004/10564 M W Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522b Kent Hall
Beom Lee 4 8/12

KORN GU4106 Fourth-Year Korean II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: KORN W4006 or the equivalent.

Selections from advanced modern Korean writings in social sciences, literature, culture, history, journalistic texts, and intensive conversation exercises.

Spring 2022: KORN GU4106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 4106 001/11319 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
6c Kraft Center
Beom Lee 4 11/12

KORN GU4511 FIFTH YEAR KOREAN I. 4 points.

Please see department for details.

Fall 2022: KORN GU4511
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 4511 001/10565 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Joowon Suh 4 3/12

KORN GU4512 FIFTH YEAR KOREAN II. 4 points.

Spring 2022: KORN GU4512
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
KORN 4512 001/11320 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Joowon Suh 4 3/12

Tibetan Language Courses

TIBT UN1410 FIRST YEAR CLASSICAL TIBETAN I. 4.00 points.

This course is designed to meet the needs of both first-time learners of Tibetan, as well as students with one year or less of modern colloquial Tibetan. It is intended to lay the foundation for reading classical Tibetan writings, including religious, historical, and literary texts. By focusing on basic grammatical constructions and frequently used vocabulary, this class offers an introduction to the classical Tibetan language

Fall 2022: TIBT UN1410
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 1410 001/10566 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
352b International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4.00 11/15

TIBT UN1411 FIRST YEAR CLASSICAL TIBETAN II. 4.00 points.

This class is designed to meet the needs of both first-time learners of Tibetan, as well as students with one year or less of modern colloquial Tibetan. It is intended to lay the foundation for reading classical Tibetan writings, including religious, historical, and literary texts. By focusing on basic grammatical constructions and frequently used vocabulary, this class offers an introduction to the classical Tibetan language

Spring 2022: TIBT UN1411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 1411 001/11321 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
352b International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4.00 6/15

TIBT UN1600 First Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan I. 5 points.

This is an introductory course and no previous knowledge is required. It focuses on developing basic abilities to speak as well as to read and write in modern Tibetan, Lhasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.

Fall 2022: TIBT UN1600
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 1600 001/10567 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Sonam Tsering 5 9/15

TIBT UN1601 FIRST YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN II. 5 points.

This is an introductory course and no previous knowledge is required. It focuses on developing basic abilities to speak as well as to read and write in modern Tibetan, Lhasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.

Spring 2022: TIBT UN1601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 1601 001/11322 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
6c Kraft Center
Sonam Tsering 5 6/15

TIBT UN2412 SECOND YEAR CLASSICAL TIBETAN I. 4 points.

n/a

Fall 2022: TIBT UN2412
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 2412 001/10568 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
351a International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4 2/15

TIBT UN2603 SECOND YR MOD COLLOQ TIBET I. 4 points.

n/a

Fall 2022: TIBT UN2603
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 2603 001/10569 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
352b International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4 4/15

TIBT UN2604 SECOND YEAR MODERN TIBETAN II. 4 points.

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student whos completed the First Year course. The course focuses on the further development of their skills in using the language to engage with practical topics and situations, such as seeing a doctor, reading news, writing letters, and listening to music.

Spring 2022: TIBT UN2604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 2604 001/11324 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
352b International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4 4/15

TIBT UN3611 Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan I. 4 points.

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the Second Year course. The course develops students’ reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.

Fall 2022: TIBT UN3611
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 3611 001/10571 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
112 Knox Hall
Sonam Tsering 4 5/15

TIBT UN3612 Third Year Modern Colloquial Tibetan II. 4 points.

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the Second Year course. The course develops students’ reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.

Spring 2022: TIBT UN3612
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 3612 001/11326 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
352c International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4 2/15

TIBT UN2710 ADVANCED LITERARY TIBETAN. 4 points.

Prerequisites: 2nd Year Classical Tibet II or equivalent with the permission of the instructor

This course focuses on helping students gain greater proficiency in reading Tibetan Buddhist philosophical and religious historical texts. Readings are selected primarily from Tibetan Buddhist philosophical texts (sutras) such as shes rab snying po, thu’u bkan grub mtha’ and other Tibetan canonical texts.

Fall 2022: TIBT UN2710
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 2710 001/10570 T Th 1:10pm - 3:00pm
352b International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4 2/15

TIBT UN2711 ADVANCED LITERARY TIBETAN II. 4.00 points.

This course will focus on helping students gain greater profiency in reading Tibetan Buddhist philosophical and religious historical texts

Spring 2022: TIBT UN2711
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
TIBT 2711 001/11325 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
352a International Affairs Bldg
Sonam Tsering 4.00 2/15

Vietnamese Language Courses

VIET UN1101 First Year Vietnamese I. 5 points.

This course introduces students to the linguistic and grammatical structures of Vietnamese, a major language of Southeast Asia.  Language skills include listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Vietnamese life and culture

Fall 2022: VIET UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 1101 001/10572 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 5 8/15

VIET UN1102 FIRST YEAR VIETNAMESE II. 5 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15

Prerequisites: () VIET 1101 or equivalent

This course introduces students to the linguistic and grammatical structures of Vietnamese, a major language of South East Asia. Language skills include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Vietnamese life and culture.

Spring 2022: VIET UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 1102 001/11327 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 5 9/15

VIET UN2101 SECOND YEAR VIETNAMESE W I. 5 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15

Prerequisites: First Year Vietnamese (VIET UN1101 and VIET UN1102) or equivalent, or instructor's permission.

This course is designed for students who have some background in Vietnamese language, and further develops students' familiarity with the linguistic and grammatical structures of Vietnamese.  Students' reading, listening, speaking and writing skills will be emphasized through dialogues, reading passages, authentic materials, listening comprehension exercises, and media clips.  Students will also further study life and culture in Vietnam.

Fall 2022: VIET UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 2101 001/10573 M W Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 5 6/12

VIET UN2102 SECOND YEAR VIETNAMESE W II. 5 points.


Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15

Prerequisites: VIET 2101 or equivalent, or instructor's permission required.

This course is designed for students who have some background in Vietnamese language, and further develops students' familiarity with the linguistic and grammatical structures of Vietnamese.  Students' reading, listening, speaking and writing skills will be emphasized through dialogues, reading passages, authentic materials, listening comprehension exercises, and media clips.  Students will also further study life and culture in Vietnam.

Spring 2022: VIET UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 2102 001/11328 M W Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 5 4/12

VIET UN3101 Third Year Vietnamese I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: VIET UN1101 and VIET UN1102 and VIET UN2101 and VIET UN2102 and This course is designed for students who have already completed First and Second Year Vietnamese (VIET 1101, VIET 1102, VIET 2101, and VIET 2102) or who possess the equivalent background of intermediate Vietnamese. Students with equivalent background should contact instructor for permission to enroll.

This course is designed for students who have completed fourth semester Vietnamese or have equivalent background of intermediate Vietnamese. The course is aimed at enhancing students' competence in reading and listening comprehension as well as the ability to present or show their knowledge of the language and various aspects of Vietnamese with the use of more advanced Vietnamese.

Fall 2022: VIET UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 3101 001/10574 T 1:10pm - 2:25pm
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 3 1/12
VIET 3101 001/10574 Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
522a Kent Hall
Chung Nguyen 3 1/12

VIET UN3102 THIRD YEAR VIETNAMESE II. 3.00 points.

The course is aimed at enhancing students' competence in reading and listening comprehension as well as the ability to present or show their knowledge of the language and various aspects of Vietnamese with the use of more advanced Vietnamese

VIET GU4101 MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE I. 4 points.

This course is designed for students who have completed six semesters of Vietnamese language class or have equivalent background of advance Vietnamese. It is aimed at developing more advance interpersonal communication skills in interpretive reading and listening as well as presentational speaking and writing at a superior level. Students are also prepared for academic, professional and literary proficiency suitable for post-secondary studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Fall 2022: VIET GU4101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 4101 001/10575 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
522a Kent Hall
Vinh Nguyen 4 0/12

VIET GU4102 MIXED ADVANCED VIETNAMESE II. 4.00 points.

This course is designed for students who have completed seven semesters of Vietnamese class or have equivalent background of advance Vietnamese. It is aimed at developing more advance interpersonal communication skills in interpretive reading and listening as well as presentational speaking and writing at a superior level. Students are also prepared for academic, professional and literary proficiency suitable for post-secondary studies in the humanities and social sciences

Spring 2022: VIET GU4102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
VIET 4102 001/11330 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Vinh Nguyen 4.00 1/15

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