East Asian Regional Specialization within SIPA
The East Asia regional specialization provides students with interdisciplinary training in politics, international relations, modern history, culture, and/or society of the region.
Requirements for SIPA specialization in East Asia:
- Complete a total of 3 courses for a total of 9 credits
- Courses must be drawn from at least 2 different social science disciplines
- Courses must cover at least two different East Asian countries
- Language study courses cannot be counted towards the East Asian regional specialization
- Complete and submit the Specialization Audit Form to Student Affairs Officer
Specialization Audit Form Deadlines:
September 1 for October Graduation
November 1 for February Graduation
January 26 for May Graduation
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute compiles a list of approved courses in the Graduate Course Bulletins each semester.
Students are also encouraged to pursue a Certificate in East Asian Studies, if they have a 4th year level proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language.
Credits/Points at Columbia
A one-semester course is typically worth three credits, and meets for three hours per week over approximately 15 weeks. A full-time student typically takes a minimum of four courses or 12 credits per semester.