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DAAAS Combined 5-Year B.A. and M.A. Degree Program

The department offers students the opportunity to complete both the BA and MA in five (5) years.  The MA part of the program consists of six fields:  Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, South Asia Studies, Asian American and Diaspora Studies, Global Asia Studies.

Language Requirements

The first three fields (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies) require that students reach proficiency in the corresponding Asian language through the fourth-year level of study  by the time of completion of the M.A. For the South Asia field, the normal expectation is that the students will have proficiency through the third-year level in an Asian language relevant to their thesis topic. This requirement can be waived in particular cases, based on the student’s individual program of study. The Asian American and Diaspora Studies field and the Global Asia field have no specific language requirement, but if a particular language is relevant to the student’s study plan, that student will be expected to develop competence in that language by the time of completion of the M.A. Proficiency levels can be satisfied in one of two ways: transcript with the equivalent of 8 semesters (as outlined above) of college-level study of a single language with grade of B or better, or a proficiency examination administered by DAAAS faculty.

Thesis Requirements

A thesis is required for all fields. A provisional advisor is assigned when students enroll. Students must select a permanent thesis advisor by the end of the seventh semester. The thesis committee consists of the thesis advisor and at least two other faculty members. An oral thesis defense is also required.

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Last Updated: 8/18/14