Asian Languages/Civilizations (Japanese), MA
This program prepares you for further academic training, entrance into professional schools or work in any career you choose. You will develop an understanding of Japanese language and culture, while working with exceptional professors.
Degree Awarded: MA Asian Languages/Civilizations (Japanese)
The Asian languages faculty in the School of International Letters and Cultures offer a graduate program leading to an MA in Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Japanese.
ASU's Japanese MA program allows students to pursue their interests in Japanese history, literature and culture through advanced training in modern and classical Japanese, and through in-depth study of specific historical and cultural periods. The training equips students with the skills to do original research in primary sources and with the critical and methodological background to understand their chosen fields. Areas of particular faculty strength include early modern and modern literature; film, animation and popular culture; translation studies; modern history; Japan's warrior cultures; and transnational studies, especially Sino-Japanese literary and cultural relations and kanshibun genres.
The degree plan includes a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, as approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, and a thesis. The plan must include the JPN 501 Proseminar: East Asian Humanities course offered by the department. When approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, nine hours of advanced-level work in another language or in closely related courses may be included. Students who are primarily interested in teaching at the secondary or community college levels may select a plan of study with a concentration in language pedagogy.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Courses and electives
The coursework for each student is individualized and based upon the student's previous training, research goals, and mentor and committee consensus. Our program requires students to complete a written thesis.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: No
- Second Language Requirement: No
The Asian languages faculty in the School of International Letters and Cultures offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Asian Languages and Civilizations (Japanese). In addition to preparing some students for further academic training, the program helps to prepare students for jobs relating to Japan (in fields such as law, business or journalism) and for entrance into professional schools.
The plan of study for the MA includes a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work and a thesis, as approved by the candidate's supervisory committee. The plan must include a JPN 501-Proseminar: East Asian Humanities course offered by the department. When approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, nine hours of advanced-level work in another language or in closely related courses may be included in the plan.
30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (JPN 593)
Required Core (3 credit hours)
CHI 501/JPN 501 Proseminar: East Asian Humanities (3)
Concentration (3 credit hours)
JPN 586 History of Japanology (3)
Electives (18 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
JPN 593 Applied Project (6) or
JPN 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
The MA in Asian languages and civilizations has concentrations in Chinese and Japanese. Students in the Chinese concentration take CHI 501 as required core and students in the Japanese concentration take JPN 501 for core. The course is cross-listed.
Electives are selected in consultation with the program chairperson.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in Japanese or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00= "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00= "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- personal statement
- writing sample
- three letters of recommendation
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking and writing skills on a topic connected with Japanese culture. The personal statement should highlight the applicant's motivations and skills and indicate why they are interested in the Japanese graduate program. Candidates for the program should present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Japanese upon entrance to the program. Those who lack this background but who show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements may be admitted to a graduate program on a conditional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular plan of study for the master's degree.
Students should see the School of International Letters and Cultures website for more information.
How to apply
All candidates for the masters in Asian Languages and Civilizations (Japanese) must fulfill the general requirements of the Graduate College concerning admission and residence.
Students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistant position must apply by January 1st, for the Fall semester. All other applications for the Fall semester are due by April 15.
Application Fee Waiver
Applicants facing financial hardship may request a waiver for their application fee. Please complete the online application up to the fee payment page. Please send both Monica Hopkins (Monica.Hopkins@asu.edu) and Francoise Mirguet (Francoise.Mirguet@asu.edu) a brief essay (about 150 words) describing why paying the application fee is difficult in your situation, along with your application ID number. If your request is accepted, we will let you know that you can submit your application without paying the fee. The School of International Letters and Cultures has established a limited budget for these waivers. Requests will be considered as they are received until the budget is spent.
Professionals with this degree can confidently move into academic, business and international fields. Skills developed through this program are valued for teaching positions, translation work or work in a larger sector such as governmental, diplomatic and international business career opportunities.
Career examples include:
- area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary
- foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary
- foreign service
- interpreters and translators
- reporters and correspondents
- social and community service managers
- state department
- supply chain managers
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