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Master of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Master’s Program

The department offers a master’s degree in East Asian languages and cultures. The student declares his or her concentration in 1 of 3 options.

  • Chinese language and literature
  • Japanese language and literature
  • East Asian cultures

Students of Chinese or Japanese language and literature gain in-depth knowledge of these ancient civilizations, which have produced some of the world’s greatest literature.

Students of East Asian cultures develop a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of East Asia. This concentration is for students pursuing professional or noncollege teaching careers, for students in the early stages of language training, or for students who have already acquired competence in an East Asian language.

Prerequisites

Entrance requirements for a concentration in either Chinese or Japanese language and literature include

  • 3 years of the modern language and, for Chinese language students, one year of classical Chinese or the demonstrated equivalent. Students not meeting this prerequisite may be admitted with deficiencies provided they achieve this level of proficiency outside the minimum of 30 graduate credit hours required for the degree.
  • 2 lecture courses dealing with East Asia.

Entrance requirements for a concentration in East Asian cultures are

  • At least 2 years of an East Asian language. Students not meeting this prerequisite may be admitted with deficiencies provided they achieve this level of proficiency outside the minimum of 30 graduate credit hours required for the degree.
  • 2 lecture courses dealing with East Asia.

Requirements for Chinese or Japanese Language and Literature Concentration

  1. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours:
    (a) Fourth-year level of language courses.
    (b) At least 18 credit hours must be taken in the department in residence.
    (c) 6 of these 18 credit hours must demonstrate research capacity in the student’s major language in lecture courses or seminars.
    (d) EALC 700 Introduction to East Asian Studies and the relevant bibliography course must be included.
    (e) No more than 3 hours of directed readings courses may be included in the required 30 hours.
    (f) Students are expected to take at least one course at the 500 level or above in the literature of their concentration.
    (g) Students must take 1 course that deals wholly with an East Asian country outside their concentration.
  2. A thesis (3 credit hours) involving significant use of materials in the student’s major language.

Requirements for East Asian Cultures Concentration

  1. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours:
    (a) Third-year level of language courses.
    (b) At least 24 credit hours, taken in the department in residence.
    (c) EALC 700 Introduction to East Asian Studies must be included in the student’s curriculum.
    (d) Students are expected to select 1 of the East Asian cultures for concentration and to include in their programs at least 2 courses dealing wholly with an East Asian culture outside their concentrations.
    (e) Students may not take more than 3 hours of directed readings.
    (f) Students may, in consultation with the department graduate adviser, take other credit hours in a discipline or disciplines closely related to their studies. East Asian area courses are offered in anthropology, film and media studies, geography, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theatre.
    (g) Students must take 1 course at the 500 level or above in the literature or thought of the country of their concentration.
  2. A thesis (3 credit hours) that must deal with a subject in the concentration chosen by the student.

East Asian Courses in Other Departments

Anthropology

  • ANTH 565 Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literatures, and Films

Communication Studies

Economics

Film and Media Studies

Geography

History

History of Art

  • HA 503 Japanese Prints
  • HA 545 Early Chinese Art
  • HA 687 Art of Modern China
  • HA 705 Major Artist: _____
  • HA 766 Calligraphy of China and Japan
  • HA 782 Japanese Painting
  • HA 783 Edo Period Painting
  • HA 785 Masters of Sung and Yuan Dynasty Painting
  • HA 786 Masters of Ming and Ch’ing Dynasty Painting
  • HA 787 Chinese Painting
  • HA 788 Proseminar in Japanese Art
  • HA 789 Proseminar in Chinese Art
  • HA 822 Seminar in Buddhist Art: _____
  • HA 824 Seminar in Edo Period Painting: _____
  • HA 825 Seminar in Zen Painting and Calligraphy
  • HA 826 Seminar in Japanese Literati Art
  • HA 980 Seminar in Chinese Art: _____
  • HA 990 Seminar in Japanese Art: _____

Political Science

  • POLS 656 Governments and Politics of East Asia
  • POLS 668 Reform in Contemporary China
  • POLS 676 International Relations of Asia
  • POLS 678 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POLS 956 The Governments and Politics of Asia

Religious Studies

  • REL 508 Religion in China
  • REL 509 Religion in Japan
  • REL 510 Religion in Korea
  • REL 733 Seminar in Eastern Religious Texts: _____
  • REL 762 Seminar in Eastern Religious Thought: _____
  • REL 776 Seminar in Religion and Society in Asia: _____

Theatre

  • THR 527 Asian Theatre and Performance

For additional courses in the above disciplines, see appropriate sections of the online catalog.

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