The program requires a total of 30 credits, including 8 three-credit courses, a thesis
or project/non-thesis (6 credits), and a minimum of third-year proficiency in an Asian
language. Students are required to have both a regional or country concentration and
a disciplinary concentration for their program, developed in consultation with the
program advisor. Regional concentrations currently include East Asia (China, Japan,
and Korea) and South Asia (India and Pakistan) and South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia,
Indonesia, and Pacific Islands). Disciplinary concentrations can focus on one of
the departments participating in the program or can involve creative and practical
interdisciplinary combinations of courses that fit with the student's career goals.
Students are required to have both a regional or country concentration and a disciplinary
concentration for their program, developed in consultation with the program advisor.
Regional concentrations currently include East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) and
South Asia (India and Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia,
and Pacific Islands).
Students must complete 8 courses/24 credits in graduate-level course work. The majority,
minimum 15 credits, of your chosen courses will focus on your regional concentration
and will be chosen in conjunction with your supervisory committee. One course, 3
credits, of research seminar/methodology is a diciplinary concentration requirement
and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to completion of the third year in an
Asian language. The following Asian languages are available: Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu,
Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Students must complete 6 credits of thesis or project/non-thesis coursework, and in
this time, will be working with their chosen supervisory committee on researching
and writing their thesis or project MA essay.
Please write with any questions or email to set up an appointment!
Course Review Form Each semester, before the first day of classes, students should submit this form to
the Chairperson of their Supervisory Committee, or the Director of Graduate Studies
if a committee is not yet established, to have their courses reviewed and approved.
This form is required by the Graduate School, please complete this form with appropriate evidence then submit to the Asian Studies
Academic Advisor. Advanced proficiency in one Asian Language is an Asian Studies program
Prospectus/Comprehensive Exam Form The thesis or project/non-thesis prospectus, which takes place of a comprehensive
exam, must be approved by a majority vote of the Supervisory Committee. Students are
required to submit this form to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Asian Studies
Academic Advisor after securing the appropriate signatures (typically fall semester
of the student's second year).
Students should bring this form to their thesis defense. All members of the supervisory
committee will sign the form and verify the student has passed their thesis defense. Students will then give this form to their graduate advisor.
Students should complete and submit this form with the thesis to the Thesis Office.
Project/Non-Thesis Final Exam Approval Form All members of the supervisory committee will sign the form and verify each member
has read the final copy of your thesis and approve of the final copy. Students willsubmit this form to the Thesis Office within The Graduate School.
Graduation Application Students will submit their graduation application the the Registrar's Office by the
deadline to apply.
Fall Graduation (December) - September 1, 2023 Spring Graduation (May) - January 19, 2024 Summer Graduation (August) - May 22, 2024*
*applications received by March 1st will have names included in the Spring convocation
The Supervisory Committee is vital to a student's graduate program. The committee
consists of three faculty members and helps to plan and the student's academic program,
as well advises on and evaluates the thesis. Each graduate student, in consultation
with the Director of Graduate Studies, is responsible for initiating the selection
of a Supervisory Committee. The student should select a Supervisory Committee chair
as early as possible in his or her course of study, and in any case no later than
the second semester of graduate study.
Anne is interested in the evolving relationships between people and urban waterways.
She studies how these relationships are represented in modern Korean literature.
Language Focus: Vietnamese
Jake is interested in earning a Master's and Ph.D. degrees. After this Jake wants
to teach Vietnamese and Southeast Asian history at the university level.
Language Focus: Mandarin Chinese
Natalie is interested in Chinese Art History.
Language Focus: Korean & Chinese
Austin is interested in the geopolitical issues of East Asia, especially those that
involve North Korea/the Korean Peninsula. He hopes to be involved in the diplomatic
efforts of the U.S. in the region.