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East Asian Languages and Literatures

Concentration in Chinese or Japanese Language & Literature

Entrance Requirements

In addition to KU's admission requirements » for graduate study, the department also requires the following prerequisites:

  • Three years of the chosen language and, for Chinese language students, one year of classical Chinese or the demonstrated equivalent. Students not meeting this prerequisite may be admitted with deficiencies provided they achieve this level of proficiency outside the minimum of 30 graduate credit hours required for the degree.*
  • Two lecture courses dealing with East Asia

Please note that otherwise well-qualified applicants that do not meet some of the department prerequisites may, in some cases, still be admitted with the understanding that the student will fulfill prerequisites later, outside of the 30 hours required for the M.A. degree.

Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours** that must include:
    • Fourth-year language.*
    • While students may apply credit hours from study abroad toward their degree, at least 18 credit hours must be taken in residence at KU.
    • No more than 6 hours of directed readings courses may be included in the required 30 hours.
    • A course involving research methods, to be determined in consultation with the thesis advisor and the director of graduate studies.
    • Students are expected to take at least one course at the 500 level or above in the literature of their concentration.
  2. A thesis that will demonstrate in-depth research on a topic in the area of concentration, typically completed over 1 or 2 semesters (EALC 899, 3 to 6 credit hours. Students are expected to make significant use of primary and secondary sources in the language of concentration.

*A language course result lower than B may result in a departmental recommendation for probation status.  If language coursework performance does not improve after one semester, the student may be recommended for dismissal.

**At least 50% of coursework for the master’s degree must be taken at the 700 level or above.

For additional information about graduate study in the East Asian Languages & Cultures department, including a course listing and information about funding opportunities, see the Graduate page of our website. For application information, see Admission, or contact the department's Graduate Academic Advisor, Aley Pennington.


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