The Department of East Asian Studies admits to its Ph.D. program select students who have a strong undergraduate record and appropriate academic preparation. Normally, at least three years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean at the college level and substantial course work in Asian culture are required to enter the Ph.D. program.
Each student’s program is determined in consultation with a faculty adviser and with the director of graduate studies in East Asian studies. Courses in other departments may be included whenever appropriate. In order to complete the Ph.D. requirements, the student must acquire 72 points, which are equivalent to 18 courses. Among those, 40 points, including Independent Studies in Topics in East Asian Studies, EAST-GA 1500, must be taken within East Asian studies, while others can be completed through courses taken outside of East Asian studies, such as directed reading courses and research credits (a maximum of 16 points of research credit can be taken over five semesters).
In the first year, the student should enroll in two to four language courses toward fulfilling the language requirements. At the end of the first year, the student is required to complete a research paper, based on the two completed first-year seminars, that addresses the theoretical-historical questions concerning the field of East Asian studies. This paper is separate from the term papers required by each course and constitutes a part of the general examination. Two members of the faculty (one of whom is the student’s adviser) grade the examination. In the event of a failed performance, the student is permitted to retake the examination after consultation with his or her adviser.
During the second year of study, the student is also required to fulfill the language requirements, including the requirement in a second East Asian language and/or a major European language, by signing up for courses offered in Chinese, Japanese or Korean or the selected European language. The bulk of the course work during the second year, however, should concentrate on the chosen field under various specialized “topics” (in Chinese literature, Chinese history, Japanese literature, Japanese visual culture, Korean film, East Asian cinema, etc.). A total of four topics courses must be completed within the student’s chosen field.
Course work in the third year is designed to allow the student to renew his or her inquiry in theory and methodology and to explore research areas that are interdisciplinary in nature. By the first half of the third year, the student should have finished all the required courses in East Asian studies. The student is advised to take the qualifying examination in three distinctively different subfields of East Asian studies by the end of the third year. A three-member faculty committee (including the student’s adviser) is formed for each student for their comprehensive exam, qualifying exam (prospectus defense) and disser-tation. The student and the adviser decide on the formation of the committee after consultation. After the successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student submits a dissertation prospectus (qualifying exam), which should include a thesis and methodological statement, a preliminary table of contents, a bibliography, etc. The student must pass the oral examination based on his or her prospectus to advance to candidacy. Finally, all students must write and orally defend a dissertation before their faculty committee plus two additional readers.