MA in East Asian Studies (EAS)

M.A. in East Asian Studies

The EAS degree aims to provide students with a solid foundation, whether for advanced study or for a career in fields such as government service, library and archival work, and journalism. An MA in East Asian Studies is also excellent preparation for further study in business, international law, political science, and other fields where language and regional expertise are important. The MA in East Asian Stuides signifies mastery of at least one East Asian language, as well as a strong foundation in the history, literatures, and cultures of the region.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate major in East Asian studies is highly disireable. However, a strong major in any field in the humanities or in the social sciences with general knowledge of the culture of East Asia will also be considered. Entering students who have not had the first two years of an East Asian language must remove this deficiency within the first two years of graduate study.

Course Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours, including M.A. project hours, in approved courses. Ordinarily, at least 20 of these credit hours must be from among the courses listed under “Culture and Area Courses” on the list that follows. At least three of these courses must be at or above the 500 level (E505, E600 Seminar).  Third and fourth year language courses do not count towards satisfying the requirement of “Culture and Area Courses” at or above the 500 level. However, 3rd and 4th year language courses do count toward the 30 credit hours required for the major.  With the exception of overseas study credits, normally a maximum of 3 credit hours of E595 may be counted toward the degree.

Language Requirement

Satisfactory completion of three years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or the equivalent, as determined by examination. Language courses at the 300 level and above may be counted toward the degree. Students planning to apply to a Ph.D. program in fields that typically require a second East Asian language are strongly encouraged to begin language work during the M.A. program. 


The student may choose either a thesis or an essay. (1) A thesis (normally 50-80 pages) demonstrates the student's skills in the use of primary sources and scholarly research. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours. The thesis option is strongly recommended to students who wish to be admitted to the Ph.D. program. (2) An essay is normally 40-50 pages, demonstrating the ability to master, use, and critically evaluate a body of scholarly literature in the student's field. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours

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