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Chinese

The M.A. program in Chinese is designed for students with strong academic records and interest in pursuing postgraduate research in Chinese literature, history (pre-modern), philosophy, or linguistics, but who have not yet acquired the language skills or disciplinary foundation necessary to enter a Ph.D. program. (Note: Students who wish to pursue advanced language training in preparation for post-graduate research in other fields of Chinese studies are referred to the interdisciplinary M.A. program in the Center for East Asian Studies.)

 

The candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in both modern and classical Chinese through
    1. completion for a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher of third-year Chinese through CHINLANG 103 and
    2. One of three advanced classical Chinese courses through CHINLIT 221-223.
    (Note: qualified students may, upon consultation with the graduate adviser, be permitted to certify that they have attained the equivalent level of proficiency by passing examinations.)
  2. Complete the following for a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher:
    1. four courses in CHINGEN or CHINLIT numbered above 200g
    2. CHINLIT 201. Proseminar: Bibliographic and Research Methods in Chinese Studies
    3. Two upper-division or graduate-level courses in fields such as Chinese anthropology, art history, history, philosophy, political science and religious studies, as approved by the graduate adviser in consultation with the student’s individual adviser.
    4. A master’s thesis; CHINLIT 299. Master’s Thesis or Translation.

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Chinese Archaeology

The M.A. program in Chinese Archaeology is designed for students with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing postgraduate research in Chinese archaeology, but who have not yet acquired the language skills or disciplinary foundation necessary to enter a Ph.D. program.

 

The candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in both modern and classical Chinese by completing 1) third-year Chinese through CHINLANG 103 with a minimum grade of ‘B+’; and 2) one of three advanced classical Chinese courses (CHINLIT 221-223). (Note: qualified students may, upon consultation with the graduate adviser, be permitted to certify that they have attained the equivalent level of proficiency by passing examinations or presenting documentary evidence of attendance at a bachelor’s institution wherein Chinese is the language of instruction. Exemptions may also be granted to students who study prehistoric archaeology. Instead, these students should take required coursework relating to archaeology which is offered in the Stanford Archaeology Center. For details students should consult with the supervisor or the graduate adviser).
  2. Complete 45 units, including the following (all courses must be passed with a minimum grade of ‘B+’)
    1. Four graduate level CHINGEN or ANTHRO subject code courses appropriate to the Chinese Archaeology track.
    2. In the first year of the program:
      1. complete the theory course in archaeology – ANTHRO 303, Introduction to Archaeological Theory
      2. complete at least one method course in archaeology – ANTHRO 307, Archaeological Methods and Research Design
    3. Two upper-division or graduate-level courses in fields such as Chinese anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, philosophy, political science and religious studies, as approved by the graduate adviser in consultation with the student’s individual adviser.
    4. A master’s thesis; CHINLIT 299.

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    Japanese

    The candidate must:

    1. Complete third-year Japanese (JAPANLANG 101, 102, 103) plus one of the following:
      1. fourth-year Japanese through JAPANLANG 213, or
      2. classical Japanese through JAPANLANG 246 and 247.
      (Note: qualified students may, upon consultation with the graduate adviser, be permitted to certify that they have attained the equivalent level of proficiency by passing examinations.)
    2. Complete the following for a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher:
      1. four adviser-approved courses in Japanese literature or linguistics from among the offerings of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, not including courses taken to fulfill the language requirement
      2. JAPANLIT 201. Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Study in Japanese
      3. Two upper-division or graduate-level courses in fields such as Japanese anthropology, art history, history, philosophy, political science, and religious studies, as approved by the graduate adviser in consultation with the student’s individual adviser.
      4. A master’s thesis; JAPANLIT 299. Master’s Thesis or Translation.

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  Kevin Singleton, graduate student
East Asian Languages and Cultures