Asian Languages/Civilizations (Japanese), MA

The MA in Asian Languages and Civilizations with a Japanese concentration can prepare students for further academic training or work in fields such as law, business or journalism and for entrance into professional schools.

Concentrating on Japanese can support any career choice. You will develop an understanding of Japanese language and culture, while working with exceptional professors.

This program at the School of International Letters & Cultures has strong resources for providing a substantial, well rounded education to excel in any field you choose to go into with a Master of Arts in Japanese.

10 Core Faculty
2 years to degree
30 Credits

Degree Overview

The Asian languages faculty in the School of International Letters and Cultures offers a graduate program leading to an MA 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, or 27 credit hours of course work and three credit hours of applied project. The plan must include a 500-level bibliography and research methods 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.

Students who are primarily interested in teaching at the secondary or community college levels may select a plan of study with an area of study in language pedagogy. Students seeking a master's in Asian languages and civilization should consult with their Graduate Education representative. In keeping with the idea of in-situ experience as a key ingredient for advanced intellectual understanding, all degree candidates must have spent at least nine continuous months in a Japanese language environment within four years of entering the program.

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. Please visit here to learn about what materials are needed to apply.

 Applications for the Fall semester are due by April 15.

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Curriculum

The degree plan includes a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, as approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, a thesis. The plan must include a 500-level bibliography and research methods 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.

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Core Courses3
Electives24
Culminating Experience3
Total credit hours30

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.

1- course

  • JPN 500 Bibliography and Research Methods

7- courses

  • Seven elective courses are chosen in consultation with the chair of the supervisory committee

1- course

  • JPN 593 Applied Project

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