Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia, or in common parlance Asian Humanities (or even Asian Hum) is the oldest course in what is now the Global Core (née Major Cultures). The course was developed in 1947 when Columbia instituted the first oriental studies program in the United States. A major supporter of the course was Harry Carman, Dean of Columbia College. The original course spun out several other related courses in the 1950s under professor Wm. Theodore de Bary.