East Asian Studies Department Language & Culture Certificate

**Update**: In light of the COVID-19 related changes, courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis from the Spring 2020 Semester will be allowed to be counted towards the certificate.

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. Courses taken on a Pass / D / Fail (P/D/F) basis will not be counted. Students must also complete a substantial piece of 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 (or via email, if this is not possible) 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 Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • 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 Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Written Work 

The Written Work Requirement can be a paper written exclusively/independently for the Language and Culture Certificate, another piece of work (i.e.: a Senior Thesis, J.P., or substantial seminar paper), or a hybrid (i.e.: a previous paper which is independently expanded to meet all criteria).

Criteria: The Written Work... 

  • must be at least 50% about an East Asian subject.
  • as a stand-alone, must be no less than 20-25 pages.
  • may have either a Humanities or Social Science methodological orientation.
  • should aim at producing new knowledge and generating creative ideas through careful research and reflection.
  • must draw substantially on original language 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.

Procedure

A student must first submit the East Asian Studies Language and Culture Certificate Application Form. They will also need to find an advisor who will supervise the progress of the written work and assess whether it fulfills the requirements outlined above. Students should consult the EAS Director of Undergraduate Studies about any difficulties in finding and working with an advisor. If the Written Work is deemed acceptable, the advisor will complete the Independent Work Form, which the student is responsible for submitting to the EAS Undergraduate Administrator at least one week before Dean's Date in the spring of their senior year.

Students who have met all the requirements will receive upon graduation with their diploma, a certificate of proficiency in the language and culture of their specialization.