Students pursuing an M.A. in Asian Studies must complete 48 credits of graduate study, including at least 44 in Asia-related courses. Graduate credit for language study may only be earned for work beyond the third-year level.
- Of the 44 credits, at least 12 must be earned in seminars or colloquia, including Perspectives on Asian Studies (ASIA 611) and Issues in Asian Studies (ASIA 612), which should be taken during the first year of study
- To ensure interdisciplinary breadth, students must complete at least two courses in each of the following areas
- Humanities – course in Architecture, Art History, Literature, Music, Religious Studies
- Social sciences – courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Political Science
- History ( in an area different from the focus area)
- To ensure a cross-regional awareness, at least 8 credits of the 44 must be in courses about a culture or civilization other than the student’s primary language and civilization focus.
- At least 9 of the 44 credits are earned in Thesis (ASIA 503). In unusual circumstances, students may petition to the program committee to waive the thesis requirement for the degree. If the waiver is granted, the student is expected to complete 56 graduate course credits (of which at least 44 are Asia related), submit two substantial research papers on Asian topics developed in seminars or colloquia, and pass a general Asian studies field examination.
The MA candidate is required to demonstrate competence in an approved Asian language equivalent to at least three years of college training. The language requirement is a critical part of the program and must be planned from the outset of graduate work, particularly if the student has no training in an Asian language. Languages offered at the University of Oregon are Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Graduate credit for language courses is earned only for work beyond the third year of language study.
Students should also review the graduate School’s regulations for information on the University’s general master of arts degree requirements. Asian Studies Courses (ASIA)
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1-5R)
401 Research: [Topic] (1-5R)
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-6R)
407/507 Seminar; [Topic] (1-5R)
410/510 Experimental Course:(1-5R)
503 Thesis (1-9R) P/N only
601 Research: [Topic](1-6R) P/N only
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1-6R)
607 Seminar; [Topic] (1-5R)
611 Perspectives on Asian Studies:[Topic](1)
Explores the diverse perspectives that define Asian studies. Samples conflicts, controversies, and areas of consensus that characterize the field. Prereq: instructor’s consent
612 Issues in Asian Studies: [Topic]( 3R)
Selected Asian studies issues. Prereq; instructor’s consent. R once when topic changes for maximum of 6 credits.