The East Asian Languages and Cultures Master’s Degree Program at Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey offers an intensive immersion in the civilizations of China, Japan, and/or Korea. Students may choose courses from a wide and coherent curriculum including the following humanities disciplines: literature, visual culture, history, religion, language and linguistics. Rutgers has long been a national leader in the humanities, ranked as #9 by Times Higher Education (U.K.) in 2012.
This program is designed for:
Students preparing for professional careers in East Asia, in the government, non-profit organizations, or the culture industry
Students interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. degree
Current and prospective teachers
Students seeking to develop an interest in East Asian cultures and languages
Centered at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, this master’s degree draws on the strengths of a faculty with nearly twenty members working on various aspects of East Asian studies who have made major scholarly contributions to the field.
Strength of Scholarship. Faculty members have a strong research profile and have published widely in their fields.
Commitment of Scholarship. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members committed to teaching and advising.
Small classes. Enable extensive and personal interaction between students and faculty.
Research Resources. As a major state university, Rutgers offers extensive resources to support graduate research. Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities—the nationwide consortium of leading research universities—as well as the prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation, whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago.
Accessibility. Close to the Turnpike and NJ Transit, the program is available to students throughout New Jersey and beyond.
Educational Value. As the State University of New Jersey, a Rutgers education offers tremendous value.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS – Master’s Degree
The completion of 30 credits (a minimum of 10 courses) is required of all students pursuing a master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures.
All incoming students will take “Pro-seminar I: Critical Approaches to East Asian Studies.” This methodology course will familiarize students with the critical approaches and theoretical paradigms useful to analyzing East Asian history, religion, literature, and/or linguistics in a comparative framework.
All students will take during their second semester of study “Pro-seminar II: Research Methodology,” a course designed to aid students in learning to utilize both traditional and newer research resources (e.g. electronic databases) and in developing strategies for writing their master’s paper. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their research work and comment on each other’s work in a dynamic, interactive setting.
Students will take at least one course outside of their primary East Asian country of specialization.
Students may take courses related to their academic interests outside of the Department’s program.
Students will develop proficiency in their primary East Asian language. Proficiency is determined by the ability to use effectively primary sources in the original language (typically gained through three years of training, or the equivalent, in the targeted language). Students who plan on pursuing a Ph.D. degree upon graduation are encouraged to take a second East Asian language.
Upon the completion of all required coursework, each student will take a final examination, which consists of a set of take-home essays based on the materials from a reading list compiled in consultation with the student’s advisor.
Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.