The Center for Asian Studies administers the master's degree program in Asian studies. The Department of Asian Studies administers the master's and doctoral degree programs in Asian cultures and languages.
The Perry-Castaneda Library contains more than 300,000 volumes of Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit, and Urdu material, related chiefly to the history, cultures, languages, literatures, politics, governments, and social and economic conditions of South and East Asia. The Undergraduate Library acquires material in English to support undergraduate courses. The Benson Latin American Collection contains significant holdings on diasporic communities of East and South Asians, and the Fine Arts Library acquires material on the arts, music, and theatre throughout Asia, including videocassettes, DVDs, and sound recordings. Both the Wasserman Public Affairs Library and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum include material related to Asian history and international relations, while the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center holds photographs and rare manuscripts from or about Asia. The Center for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Art and Art History, maintains a large and expanding slide collection for faculty and student use.
The Center for Asian Studies offers the Master of Arts with a major in Asian studies, an interdisciplinary professional degree with a regional concentration on Asia. The degree is intended primarily for those preparing for a career in business, communications, government, law, library science, the military, or junior college teaching. There is considerable flexibility in meeting degree requirements. Each student, in consultation with the graduate adviser, designs an individual program within the framework described in the section "Degree Requirements" below.
The Department of Asian Studies offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Asian cultures and languages. For these degrees, students concentrate in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Malayalam, or Sanskrit.
With the approval of the graduate adviser and the graduate dean, students may design special programs that include courses outside the Department of Asian Studies that are related to the major area of study.
Graduate courses are offered regularly in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Urdu languages and literatures. The study of these languages and literatures may also be included in programs leading to master's or doctoral degrees in other disciplines.
The following faculty members served on Graduate Studies Committees in the spring semester 2000-2001.
Asian Cultures and Languages
Students who plan to specialize in the study of China or Japan must have completed at least a year of college-level Chinese or Japanese with a grade of at least B, or must demonstrate equivalent competence, before admission to the program. Second-year college-level language coursework may be taken after admission but will not be counted toward the master's degree.
Students who plan to specialize in the study of South Asia are strongly encouraged but not required to have studied Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, or another South Asian language before applying for admission. First- and second-year college-level language coursework may be taken after admission but will not be counted toward the master's degree.
Ideally, applicants will also have completed some coursework in the desired area of specialization.
This program is designed for students whose career objective is college or university teaching. Students who wish to specialize in China or Japan normally have a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese or Japanese language and literature or an area studies degree with a concentration in China or Japan. The applicant must also have demonstrated third-year-level language ability in Chinese or Japanese.
Students who wish to concentrate on South Asia normally have a Bachelor of Arts in area studies with a concentration on South Asia that includes significant language work in Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, or Urdu. Applicants with bachelor's degrees in religious studies with a concentration in South Asia that includes significant language work have also been accepted into the program.
Students who plan to specialize in China or Japan normally have a Master of Arts in Chinese or Japanese language and literature or an area studies degree with a concentration in China or Japan. The applicant must also have demonstrated ability to use Chinese or Japanese sources in research.
Students who wish to be admitted to the doctoral program with a concentration on South Asia should have a Master of Arts in area studies or a related discipline that includes significant coursework in a relevant South Asian language.
It is important to note that the principal language of a student's program may not be his or her native language.
Students may choose either the report option or the thesis option. The report option consists of at least thirty-three semester hours of work, including the report course, a three-hour, one-semester project in which the student conducts research and writes a report on a given topic or body of material. The thesis option consists of at least thirty semester hours of work, including the thesis course, a six-hour, two-semester project in which the student analyzes or interprets a body of material. Core courses required of all students in the program are six semester hours of upper-division or graduate coursework in history and six semester hours of upper-division or graduate coursework in a language of the area of specialization, normally Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, or Urdu. Another Asian language may be substituted with the approval of the graduate adviser. Students are expected to complete three years of language study or pass a proficiency examination in the Asian language of their choice to complete the degree program.
Students who have fulfilled the core requirements in history and language before admission to the program must substitute twelve additional hours of Asian studies coursework: the required subject matter is waived but not the hours. Up to nine hours of upper-division coursework, including no more than six hours in language, may be counted toward the degree.
Students who choose the thesis option must take at least twelve hours of designated electives related to the area of specialization, with no more than six hours in any one discipline. Students who choose the report option must take at least eighteen hours of such electives, with no more than nine hours in any one discipline. The minor of six hours normally consists of the required language courses. Students fluent in an Asian language upon admission may designate another six hours of supporting coursework for the minor.
This program requires thirty semester hours of coursework, including six hours in the thesis course. Up to nine of the thirty hours may be in upper-division courses. Students must take at least three courses in their area of specialization--in Japanese culture, Indian religion, or Chinese literature, for example. They must also take one graduate course that introduces them to research methods of the appropriate discipline--for example, in historiography or literary theory or criticism--and another course on the general historical or cultural background of the major area. The remaining courses must be determined in consultation with the graduate adviser. The student must demonstrate reading proficiency in one modern language of scholarship in the specialization, such as French, German, or Japanese. Students planning doctoral study in Asian cultures and languages should begin the thesis course in their third semester.
At least thirty semester hours of coursework are required beyond master's-degree work, in addition to six hours in the dissertation courses. The student must take courses in three areas. The first is the student's area of specialization; at least five courses must be taken in this area. The second area should be in a discipline different from that of the student's specialization. Three courses should be taken in the second area. For the third area the student must take two courses in the methodology of the primary discipline (or disciplines, if recommended by the academic adviser). Areas must be approved by the adviser. Sample areas are listed in the program description of each of the three major areas (China, Japan, and South Asia) in the department.
To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must take a comprehensive examination covering the three areas in which he or she has done coursework. The examination is usually taken one semester after completion of coursework. The examination committee consists of a chair and three other members and includes at least one faculty member in each of the student's three areas. The reading list for the examination must include core items assigned by the committee. The comprehensive examination consists of two written and one oral test. Questions on the oral test may be based partially on the student's answers on the written tests.
After passing the comprehensive examination, the student, in consultation with the graduate adviser, selects five faculty members to form a dissertation committee; the chair of the committee is the student's dissertation supervisor. The student then prepares a dissertation prospectus under the guidance of the chair for submission to the committee. The committee reviews the prospectus at a prospectus hearing. Suggestions given at the hearing must be incorporated in the student's revision of the prospectus, which is resubmitted to the committee for approval. The student then drafts a shorter dissertation proposal based on the approved prospectus and submits it to the Graduate School as part of the application for admission to candidacy.
Competence is required in at least two foreign languages in addition to the language of the student's specialized area. The first must be a modern foreign language that will be used for research, such as French, German, or Japanese. The second may be either another research language or a second language in the broad area of the student's specialization that is pertinent to the student's professional development, such as classical Chinese for students specializing in modern China or Hindi or Malayalam for students in religious studies whose first major language is Sanskrit. The languages and the required level of proficiency are determined by the faculty in each area.
A student seeking admission to a joint degree program must apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center. He or she must be accepted by each individual program in order to be admitted to the joint program. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program.
The Center for Asian Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offer a joint degree program leading to the Master of Arts with a major in Asian studies and the Master of Public Affairs. The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to an increased need in both the public and the private sector for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of Asian politics and cultures.
Students must complete at least sixty-nine semester hours in public affairs and Asian studies, including a professional report and summer internship. They are expected to show proficiency in an Asian language (Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, or, with special approval, another Asian language) equal to that shown by completion of three years of coursework.
This joint degree program is offered by the McCombs School of Business and the Center for Asian Studies. The program is designed to provide students with the skills and perspective necessary to work effectively in business, particularly in its application to Asia. Students pursue the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Arts with a major in Asian studies.
Upon admission to the program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling in both programs and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit.
Students must complete seventy-five to seventy-eight semester hours of coursework in business and Asian studies, including a thesis or professional report. In addition, they are expected to demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language (normally Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Malayalam, Tamil, or Urdu) equal to that shown by completion of three years of coursework.
Campus address: Will C. Hogg Building (WCH) 4.134, phone (512) 471-5811, fax (512) 471-4469; campus mail code: G9300
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1194
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