Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies

30-credits including 24-credits of course work and 6-credits of thesis/project work, over two semesters.  More specifically, students are required to take the following:

1)      a fall pro-seminar in research methods (3 credits)

2)      one course in each of five categories (15 credits):

  • Language and Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Religions and Philosophies of Asia
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Politics and Society
  • Contemporary Asian Diaspora

3)      two elective courses in any field of interest, chosen in consultation with and subject to approval of the Graduate Director (6 credits)

4)      a thesis or final project (6 credits)

 An optional Asian language track is provided for students with a strong background and interest in a particular Asian language.  These students may take graduate level Asian language courses as their two elective courses for the MA program.