East Asian Studies (MA)

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Program Description

The Master of Arts program is designed for students who seek specialized and individualized enhancement of their undergraduate education. The department offers an array of language courses at all levels in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for the further development of language capability. Besides language instruction, the department offers a wide range of courses in modern Asian culture, with emphasis on the literature, film, and visual culture of China, Japan, and Korea. Many of these courses treat these subjects in the context of such global issues as socialism, colonialism, fascism, and modernization. In working out their individual course of study, those seeking the MA degree are expected to balance out the different components of the program. For those who are interested, some course work and guidance on pre-modern China is also available.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See East Asian Studies for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.