M.A. in Chinese Literary & Cultural Studies

Rev. 9/07

Program Scope and Objectives

The MA degree is offered in the field of Chinese literary and cultural studies from the classical period to the 21st century. The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional training and scholarly expertise in the history, theory, and culture of the chosen literature and/or genres from a specific period. The program is also intended to provide academic training and practical teaching experience for future teachers of Chinese literary and cultural studies. The faculty and facilities in the area of teaching East Asian literatures are numerous and diverse and encouragement is given to those interested in pursuing teaching careers.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for the MA must have a BA in the language of their concentration or equivalent preparation, and must submit three letters of recommendation and GRE General Test scores.

In addition to approval of admission by the Graduate Division, students must have satisfactory GRE scores (TOEFL scores, minimum of 560, are required of foreign students) and letters of recommendation. Admission to candidacy also assumes knowledge of the structure of the language and of linguistics equivalent to the courses CHN 451 and CHN 452.

Course Requirements

The MA candidate may select either the Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis) program; Plan A must have the approval of the graduate chair.

Course Requirements: Plan A

For Plan A, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least 18 credit hours in the major field and 6 credit hours of thesis research. A minimum of 12 credit hours in the major field must be earned in courses numbered 600 or higher, including a 700-level seminar and excluding 699V. However, 699V may be applied in individual cases when it has been approved in advance as a substitute for a course numbered 600 or higher.

Students choosing Plan A must take the same courses as those choosing Plan B, except that 6 credits of EALL 700V will be substituted for other courses in consultation with the advisor. There will be a final oral examination on the thesis.

Course Requirements: Plan B

For Plan B, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least 21 credit hours in the major field. A minimum of 18 credit hours in the major field must be earned in courses numbered 600 or higher, including a 700-level seminar and excluding 699V. However, 699V may be applied in individual cases when it has been approved in advance as a substitute for a course numbered 600 or higher.

Students choosing Plan B will select courses for the required 30 credits from those listed for their area of concentration. In the final semester, the student will take a written examination covering the literature, structure, and teaching of the language, with extra weight on the student's area of emphasis among these. There will be a final oral examination on all aspects of the student's program.

Course Requirements: General Examination

During the first semester, the student will take a general examination to determine the quality of preparation for graduate work at the master's level in the chosen concentration. Only after passing this exam will the student be advanced to candidacy.

Course Listings

Required (9 credits):

  • EALL 603C Bibliography and Research Methodology: China (3) [Pre: 402]
  • CHN 643 Methods in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (3) [Pre: 451,452]
  • CHN 753(Alpha) Research Seminar in Chinese Literature (3) [Pre: 611, 612, or 613, depending on the Alpha]

12 credits from:

  • CHN 610(Alpha) Chinese Poetry (3) [Pre: 462]
  • EALL 611(Alpha) 20th Century Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies (3) [Pre: Instructor consent]
  • CHN 612 Traditional Chinese Fiction (3) [Pre: 402]

Students must take at least one course from each alpha series.

3 credits from:

  • CHN 631(Alpha) History of the Chinese Language (3) [Pre: 451, 452, or Ling 421, depending on the Alpha]
  • CHN 633 Chinese Dialects (3) [Pre: 451 & 452]
  • CHN 634 Chinese Syntax & Semantics (3) [Pre: 452]
  • CHN 641, 642 Contrastive Analysis of Mandarin & English (3,3) [Pre: 451 for 641, 452 for 642]
  • CHN 661-662 Advanced Classical Chinese (3-3) [Pre: 461, 462; 661 for 662]

A course from outside the department may be applied when it has been approved in advance as a substitute for a course in the above category.

Plan A Only - 6 credits:

  • EALL 700V Thesis research

Plan B - 6 credits from approved courses, including the following:

  • Anth 488, 489 Chinese Culture: Ethnography (3), Chinese Culture: Current (3)
  • Art 486 Traditional Chinese Painting (3) [Pre: 180]
  • Art 487 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (3)[Pre: 180]
  • ASAN/EALL 473 Chinese Diaspora and Visual Culture (3)
  • ASAN 469 Ethnic Diversity in China (3)
  • ASAN 485 Contemporary Chinese Development (3)
  • CHN 452 Structure of Chinese (3)
  • CHN 631 History of Chinese Language (3)
  • Hist 410 20th Century China
  • Hist 411, 412 Local History of Late Imperial China (3), Local History of 20th Century China (3)
  • Hist 416, 417 Chinese Intellectual History (3, 3)
  • Hist 419 The Chinese Revolution (3) [Pre: 311-312 recommended]
  • Hist 420 The People's Republic of China (3) [Pre: 312 or 419 recommended]
  • Phil 406 Introduction to Zen Buddhism
  • Rel 475 Seminar on Buddhism (3) [Pre: 207, or consent]
  • Rel 476 Taoism in China (3) [Pre: 203 or consent]
  • Theatre 465 Drama and Theatre of China (3) [Pre: consent]

Only one course from each series can be counted towards the degree.

Brief summary of EALL degree requirements on the UH catalog
Chinese graduate degree requirements on the Graduate Division website