M.A. in Japanese Literature

Program Scope and Objectives

The M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures is offered with three areas of concentration: Chinese language and literature, Japanese language and literature, and Korean language and literature. The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional training in the history and structure of the chosen language and the literature of that language. Within each area of concentration, the student may choose to emphasize either language or literature. The program is also intended to provide professional training and practical teaching experience for future teachers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The faculty and facilities in the area of teaching East Asian languages are numerous and diverse and encouragement is given to those interested in pursuing teaching careers.

Admission Requirements

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, and meet the department s standards of competence in Japanese. It is also assumed that the student will have completed coursework equivalent to the B.A. in Japanese at the University of Hawai'i (see General and Graduate Information Catalog or consult advisor). Any deficiency must be cleared before advancement to candidacy.

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 JPN 370 and LING 320.

Diagnostic Evaluation

At the beginning of the first semester, the student will take a diagnostic test to determine the quality of preparation for graduate work at the master's level in the chosen concentration. Only after completing this evaluation, which includes basic knowledge of Japanese literary history equivalent to the courses EALL 271 and EALL 272, and a follow up to clear any other deficiencies, may the student be advanced to candidacy.

The student may select either Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis).

Plan A

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.

Plan B

Students choosing Plan B will select courses for the required 30 credits from those listed for their area of concentration.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the M.A. in Japanese Literaturem as follows:

Required (9 credits):

  • EALL 601 Method of Teaching East Asian Languages (3) [Pre: 451]
    OR
    JPN 620 Practicum: Teaching Japanese (3) [Pre: 604]
    OR
    JPN 604 Introduction to Japanese Language Pedagogy [Pre: 407 or equiv., 451 or concurrent]
  • JPN 466 Readings in Classical Japanese (3) [Pre: 461]
  • JPN 710(alpha) Research Seminar in Japanese Literature (3) [Pre: 610, 611, 612, 613, or 614, depending on the Alpha]

18 credits of concentration and elective courses, selected from the following:

12 credits from:

  • JPN 610(alpha) Japanese Poetry (3) [Pre: 466 or 485B, depending on the Alpha]
  • JPN 611(alpha) Modern Japanese Literarure (3) [Pre: 485B]
  • JPN 612 Edo Literature (3) [Pre: 466]
  • JPN 613 Medieval Japanese Literature (3) [Pre: 466]
  • JPN 614 Classical Japanese Literature (3) [Pre: 466]
  • JPN 640 Themes in Japanese Literature (3) [Pre: 485B]
  • JPN 641 Traditional Literary Theory (3) [Pre: 466]
  • JPN 642 Kambun (3) [Pre: 461]

3 credits from:

  • JPN 451 Structure of Japanese (3) [Pre: 402/405; & 350 or Ling 320]
  • JPN 620 Practicum: Teaching Japanese (3) [Pre: 604]
  • JPN 631 History of the Japanese Languge (3) [Pre: 461]
  • JPN 632 Teaching Japanese as a Second Language (3) [Pre: 604 & 605]
  • JPN 633 Japanese Sociolinguistics (3) [Pre: 605 & 606; & 602 (may be conceurrent)]
  • JPN 634 Advanced Japanese Syntax & Semantics (3) [Pre: 602]

6 credits from the following: (Plan B)

  • EALL 325(alpha) Japanese Film: Art and History (3) [Pre: Upper division standing or consent]
  • EALL 371(alpha) Traditional Japanese Literature (3)
  • EALL 372(alpha) Modern Japanese Literature (3)
  • Anth 483, 484 Japanese Culture and Behavior I, II (3, 3)
  • Art 380 Early Art of Japan (3) [Pre: 180]
  • Art 381 Later Art of Japan (3) [Pre: 180]
  • Art 483 Applied Art of Japan (3) [Pre: 180]
  • Hist 321, 322 History of Japan (3, 3)
  • Hist 323 Way of Tea in Japanese History and Culture [cross-listed with ASAN 323]
  • JPN 471- 472 Okinawan Language and Culture I, II (3-3) [Pre: 302/308; 471 for 472]
  • Phil 380 Japanese Philosophy (3) [Pre: Phil/JPN 100+]
  • Rel 490 Buddhism in Japan (3) [Pre: 204, 207, or consent]
  • Theatre 466(alpha) Drama and Theatre of Japan (3) [Pre: consent]
  •          Other approved coursework

Thesis (6 credits) Plan A only

  • EALL 700V Thesis research


At least 18 credits (12 credits for Plan A) of concentration and elective courses must be 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.

The M.A. in Japanese is a recognized WICHE regional graduate program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California (from Fall 2010), Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at resident tuition rates.



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



Updated May 2011