Graduate Degrees

Deepen your academic and societal understanding of China while continuing to study the language in depth. Study in a research-intensive, interdisciplinary program in the traditional and modern languages and cultures of China.

Work with exceptional professors to develop an understanding of Japanese language and culture, and be prepared for further academic training, entrance into professional schools or work in any career you choose.

The PhD program in comparative culture and language offers professional training that is linguistically well-grounded, historically and culturally informed, and methodologically transdisciplinary through courses and supervision of research. Central to the program is the critical inquiry of primary texts, media and cultural expressions, aiming at an original understanding of cultures and social groups in their formations, interactions and transformations throughout history.This degree program is attentive to the various roles of language in societies and in the different perspectives through which language can be studied --- among other aspects, its variations, transformations, hybridizations and processes of acquisition. The doctorate in comparative culture and language focuses particularly on research questions and themes that cannot be fully explored within the traditional disciplinary boundaries; instead, it fosters dynamic collaboration across disciplines in order to engage in the production of knowledge that is crucial to understanding transnational and transcultural interactions across time and space.The program offers the opportunity to pursue, with the guidance of faculty who are comparatists and specialists in particular fields, transdisciplinary research and teaching. In consultation with their advisor, students do their coursework in a primary and a secondary area of emphasis. Both areas are organized around interdisciplinary study and research in more than one language; students are expected to have advanced proficiency in one language other than English (this is the language of primary emphasis) and at least reading knowledge in a second language other than English (language of secondary emphasis).For example, a student might choose to study medieval European theater for the primary area of emphasis and medieval book culture for the secondary area. For the primary area of emphasis, then, the student could demonstrate advanced proficiency in one European language, such as French or Italian, depending on the requirements of their research. Then, for the second language other than English, the student would have at least reading knowledge, say, of Latin. Another example: The student chooses to study the representation of the migrant experience in contemporary East Asian cultures as the primary area of emphasis, and film and media studies as the secondary area. Their primary area of emphasis would require advanced proficiency in a certain East Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean, and the secondary area reading knowledge of one more non-English language, pertinent to their comparative research.Faculty members are drawn from the School of International Letters and Cultures and other programs in the humanities and social sciences across Arizona State University.

Graduate Certificate

Digital Humanities

Do you want something truly new to go with your humanities degree? This program coaches you in the latest and most innovative digital tools for humanities research. If you are looking to stand out from the crowd of humanities graduates, digital humanities is the answer.

Learn how to conduct research with a high level of cultural and linguistic knowledge, receive extensive experience in a local vernacular environment, and develop the abilities to think critically and deal with complex ideas.


Language Teaching, MA

Acquire a deep and broad understanding of the field of language pedagogy so that you can teach at the elementary, high school or collegiate level.

Graduate Certificate

Spanish Language Pedagogy

Learn the skills to effectively teach Spanish as a second language. Develop the expertise to teach students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and to utilize modern technologies to enhance student learning.

Receive solid academic preparation, intensive professional development opportunities, and strong pedagogical training and teaching experiences.

Develop an advanced knowledge of Peninsular, Latin American and Mexican American literature and cultural production. Coursework and mentoring by renowned faculty help you develop a sound knowledge of genre, periodization and scholarly research in the field.


Spanish, MA

Work closely with expert faculty as you explore intersections of literature and culture or linguistics across the Spanish-speaking world, and become a global citizen prepared for countless career options.

Graduate Certificate

Translation Studies

Translation studies is a dynamic, emerging discipline that engages various theoretical and practical issues. Central to the present and future directions of the humanities, as well as their history, translation studies is one of the most globally relevant fields in today's world.