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Master of Arts Programs in East Asian Languages and Cultures

General Notes:

  1. The M.A. is granted in Chinese and in Japanese. The normal length of study for the degree is two years.
  2. No financial aid is available for those applicants who wish to obtain the M.A. only.
  3. Students who wish to spend the first year of graduate study at the Beijing or Yokohama Centers must obtain department approval first.
  4. Candidates for the degree must be in residence at Stanford in California during the final quarter of registration.
  5. A thesis or an annotated translation of a text of suitable literary or historical worth is required for the M.A. degree. Under special circumstances, a paper approved by the graduate adviser may be substituted.

The University's basic requirements for the master's degree, including a 45-unit minimum requirement, are given in the "Graduate Degrees" section of the University Bulletin. Department requirements are set forth below.

Master of Arts in Chinese

The M.A. program in Chinese is designed for students with strong academic records and interest in pursuing postgraduate research in Chinese literature, 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 requirements for degree are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in both modern and classical Chinese through
    1. Completion for a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher of one of the tracks of third-year Chinese: CHINLANG 103 (Third-Year Modern Chinese, Third Quarter), or CHINLANG 103B (Third-Year Modern Chinese for Bilingual Students, Third Quarter)
    2. One of three advanced classical Chinese courses through CHINLIT 221, 222, or 223.
    (Please note: Placement tests in modern and classical Chinese will be given for incoming students during orientation week, Autumn Quarter. Those who fail to place into advanced level classical must take beginning classical Chinese. Qualified students may, upon consultation with the graduate advisor, 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. CHINLIT 201, Proseminar: Bibliographic and Research Methods in Chinese Studies
    2. Four courses in CHINGEN or CHINLIT numbered above 200
    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, produced while taking CHINLIT 299, Master’s Thesis or Translation.

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Master of Arts, Chinese Archaeology Subplan

The M.A. program in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan, is designed for students with 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 subplan is declared on Axess. Subplans are printed on the transcript and the diploma and are elected via the Declaration of Change to a Field of Study form.

 

Requirements for the degree are as follows:

  1. Proficiency in both modern and classical Chinese by completing
    1. Third-Year Chinese through CHINLANG 103 with a minimum grade of 'B+'
    2. One of three advanced classical Chinese courses (CHINLIT 221, 222, or 223.)
    (Please 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 through the Stanford Archaeology Center. For details students should consult with the supervisor or the graduate adviser.)
  2. Complete 45 units, including the following CHINGEN or ANTHRO subject code courses appropriate to the Chinese Archaeology track. 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.
      1. CHINGEN 218, Constructing National History in East Asian Archaeology
      2. CHINGEN 241, Emergence of Chinese Civilization from Caves to Palaces
      3. ANTHRO 303, Introduction to Archaeological Theory
      4. ANTHRO 307, Archaeological Methods
    2. 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.
    3. A master’s thesis

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    Master of Arts in Japanese

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

    The candidate must:

    1. Complete third-year modern Japanese (JAPANLANG 101, 102, and 103)
    2. Complete fourth-year Japanese through (JAPANLANG 211, 212, and 213 and Classical Japanese (JAPANLIT 246 and 247) with a grade of a B or higher
    3. (Please 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.)
    4. Complete the following for a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher:
      1. four adviser-approved courses in Japanese literature, culture, 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; enroll in JAPANLIT 299, Master’s Thesis or Translation.

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    Coterminal Master of Arts Programs in East Asian Languages and Cultures

    With department approval, students may apply to combine programs for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Chinese or Japanese. Prospective applicants must consult with the graduate adviser. Please note the University's general Coterminal Requirements:

    1. Coterminal master’s degree candidates are expected to complete all master’s degree requirements as described in this bulletin. University requirements for the coterminal master’s degree are described in the “Coterminal Master’s Program” section. University requirements for the master’s degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.
    2. After accepting admission to this coterminal master’s degree program, students may request transfer of courses from the undergraduate to the graduate career to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree. Transfer of courses to the graduate career requires review and approval of both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a case by case basis.
    3. Students who wish to spend the first year of graduate study at the Beijing or Yokohama Centers must obtain department approval first.
    4. In this master’s program, courses taken three quarters prior to the first graduate quarter, or later, are eligible for consideration for transfer to the graduate career. No courses taken prior to the first quarter of the sophomore year may be used to meet master’s degree requirements.
    5. Course transfers are not possible after the bachelor’s degree has been conferred.
    6. The University requires that the graduate adviser be assigned in the student’s first graduate quarter even though the undergraduate career may still be open. The University also requires that the Master’s Degree Program Proposal be completed by the student and approved by the department by the end of the student’s first graduate quarter.

    (Those interested in a coterminal program with an M.A. in East Asian Studies should contact the Center for East Asian Studies for application procedures and deadlines.)

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“Why am I glad to be a part of the EALC? That’s easy enough. The freedom (and resources) to pursue my own academic interests, professors equally attentive to the pursuit of knowledge and the practical exigencies of professional development, a supportive community of graduate students who continue to teach me new things on a daily basis, and opportunities to engage with contemporary authors and scholars hailing from all over the globe. If you have never thought that, say, Japanese linked verse from the 15th century or the popular literature of the early Showa Period could be exciting, I would ask you first to visit our doors.”

  Kevin Singleton, graduate student
East Asian Languages and Cultures