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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 additional year of classical Chinese or the demonstrated equivalent, and
  • 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 these 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
    • At least 18 credit hours taken in the department while in residence. At least 6 of these 18 credit hours must demonstrate research capacity in the student's major language. 
    • EALC 700, Introduction to East Asian Studies, and the relevant bibliography course. (If they are offered during the course of the student's study)
    • No more than 3 hours of directed readings courses in a language can be included in the required 30 hours
    • At least one course at the 500-level or above in the literature of the country of the student's concentration
    • At least one course that deals wholly with an East Asian country outside the student's concentration
  2. A thesis (3 credit hours, which may be included in the required 30), which must involve significant use of materials in the student's major language

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 Program Coordinator, Cari Ann Kreienhop.



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