UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Humanities and Social Sciences 4001
Telephone: (805) 893-5478
E-mail: gd-east@eastasian.ucsb.edu
Website: www.eastasian.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Katherine Saltzman-Li


 
Graduate Program

The graduate program is composed of two parts: an M.A./Ph.D. program and an M.A. program. The M.A. program is further subdivided into two components: the M.A. program in Asian Studies, for students with broad interests in Asia or who will pursue a concentration outside of East Asia, and the M.A. program in Asian Studies with a formal emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

In addition to program requirements, candidates for graduate degrees must meet university degree requirements found in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog.

Admission

Students with the B.A. degree may apply to either program. Students who already hold the M.A. may also apply to the Ph.D. program

In addition to departmental requirements for admission, applicants must fulfill university requirements for admission to graduate status described in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog.

Master of Arts—Asian Studies, Plan 1 Thesis (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts—Asian Studies, Plan 2 Exam (Requirements - PDF)

The M.A. program is intended to provide broad training in the study of Asia, in both modern and pre-modern times. Graduates of the program pursue a wide variety of careers, generally outside of academia, in business, government, or NGOs, or they combine their degree with other professional training.

Students are expected to complete the M.A. in two years.

Admission

Applicants for the M.A. in Asian Studies will normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline as well as courses dealing with Asia. Some training in an Asian language is highly recommended.

Master of Arts—Asian Studies–Emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Plan 1 Thesis (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Arts—Asian Studies–Emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Plan 2 Exam (Requirements - PDF)

The emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies provides a course of study with a geographic focus on East Asia ( China , Korea , and Japan ) and an interdisciplinary approach, concentrating on the humanities. It is assumed that most students will concentrate either upon China or Japan , but that they will also acquire a broad understanding of East Asian cultures. The emphasis stresses advanced language training. Other coursework concentrates on the fields of history, literature, religious studies, and anthropology. Two tracks or plans of study are available, one academic (thesis), and the other (comprehensive examinations) for students who will go into careers in business or government or combine their M.A. with other professional degrees. Students indicate on their application the plan they intend to pursue. Students are expected to complete the M.A. in two years.

Admission

Applicants to the M.A. in Asian Studies with an emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies are expected to have had a minimum of two years of language training in an East Asian language prior to admission. Most applicants will have majored in Chinese or Japanese in their undergraduate degree.

Five-Year Combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts—Chinese or Japanese

The program is designed for students who wish to enhance their undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese with graduate training at the masters level in East Asian languages and Cultural Studies. The program will enable students to add a fifth year of advanced language work to the normal undergraduate major, while also giving them opportunity to further their expertise in Chinese or Japanese studies by doing graduate-level coursework in the discipline(s) of their choice in the humanities and social sciences.

The program allows students to pursue concurrently a bachelor of arts degree in Chinese or Japanese and a master of arts in Asian Studies (with an emphasis in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies). In their junior year, students must enroll in an EAP Program: China , Japan , Hong Kong, or Taiwan . These degrees already exist as separate entities, the B.A. normally requiring four years and the M.A. normally requiring two years.

Doctor of Philosophy—East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies (Requirements - PDF)

Students entering the M.A./Ph.D. program are undertaking a challenging course of study that demands advanced language skills in Chinese or Japanese and expertise in the study of East Asia that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries within the humanities, as well as between the humanities and social sciences. Students entering this program should be aware that they are undertaking not only to deepen their understanding of the cultural traditions of the region but also to explore their potential as scholars, interpreters, and, in most cases, teachers of East Asian history, literatures, religions, and cultural studies. The training students receive in the program is designed to prepare them to become fully participating members of the professional community of scholars.

Students in the M.A./Ph.D. program are expected to complete the Ph.D. in six to seven years. Students who upon admission already have an M.A. degree from another institution will normally complete their Ph.D. in four to five years.

Admission

Students applying to the M.A./Ph.D. program will normally have majored in Chinese or Japanese as an undergraduate or, if not, have already done a substantial amount of academic course work in the field and at least three years of the academic study of Chinese or Japanese.

Although students are admitted into the M.A./Ph.D. program, continuation to the Ph.D. is by no means automatic upon completion of the masters degree. Continuation is subject to the student’s academic performance being deemed excellent by all standards that the department uses to assess degree progress including graduate course work and the M.A. thesis, as well as upon positive recommendations by the student’s M.A. committee.

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Applied Linguistics, Environment and Society, Global Studies, Translation Studies.

Requirement sheets may be found on this page.