A student majoring in a department other than East Asian studies may earn a certificate in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean by completing 7 language courses, 3 or more of which must be beyond the 2nd-year level, and 1 or more East Asian studies or cognate courses. Students must also complete a substantial piece of independent research (20-25 pages) based at least in part on Chinese, Japanese, or Korean sources dealing with aspects of East Asia. The paper could be either an original piece of research or a Junior Paper or Senior Thesis. If such a Junior Paper or Senior Thesis is written for another department, at least half of the work has to be on East Asia. Students interested in earning a certificate should apply at the department office by the end of their junior year.
Students placing into higher level language courses may still qualify for the certificate by substituting EAS-prefixed and cognate courses for language work. Such exceptions will be made in consultation with the EAS Departmental Representative.
Courses taken abroad in summer language programs (i.e. Princeton in Beijing or Princeton in Ishikawa) or over the course of a semester or year at other institutions may count towards certificate requirements. However, pre-approval for such coursework must be obtained from the EAS Departmental Representative.
- As a stand-alone, the Independent Work should be no less than 20-25 pages.
- The Independent Work may have either a Humanities or Social Science methodological orientation.
- The Independent Work must draw substantially on original languages sources. Students are encouraged to consult material in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean that furnishes perspectives, information, and insights not readily available through English-language research. These sources should be central and meaningful and not simply peripheral to the project.
- The Independent Work should aim at producing new knowledge and generating creative ideas through careful research and reflection.
Students who have met all the requirements of the program will receive upon graduation with their diploma, a certificate of proficiency in the language and culture of their specialization.
East Asian Studies Program Certificate
The East Asian Studies Program Certificate is administered by the East Asian Studies Program Coordinator. http://www.princeton.edu/eap/certificate/index.xml#certrequirement