Ph.D. in Japanese Language & Linguistics

The Ph.D. is a recognized Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) regional graduate program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at Hawai`i resident tuition rates.

Program Scope and Objectives

The Ph.D. in East Asian Languages & Literatures is offered with concentrations in Japanese linguistics and literature and comparative studies exploring the relations of a language and literature of East Asia. The program is designed to produce scholars with high-level competence in the languages and literatures of East Asia.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for admission to the M.A. program, admission to the Ph.D. program requires evidence of the MA earned with distinction, or its equivalent. Applicants are required to demonstrate their potential as scholars by submitting a research paper, normally one in English, with their application.

Degree Requirements

Ph.D. candidates are expected to master four fields, at least one of which will be outside the students' areas of specialization. They must pass a comprehensive examination covering the four fields, complete an original dissertation, and pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation. Apart from having a command of English and their concentration language, candidates must have knowledge of a second East Asian language equivalent to two years of study; in some cases a third East Asian language or an additional European language may be required.

The Graduate Division's residency requirement is three semesters of full-time work as a classified student.

Language Requirements

Further language study is tailored according to the area of specialization and to make it best fit the needs of the individual student's immediate research and intended professional career. In all cases this will involve, as a minimum, knowledge of a second East Asian language equivalent to two years of study; in some cases a third East Asian language or an additional European language may also be required.

Fields of mastery

The student shall take a comprehensive exam in four fields, at least one of which will be outside of the student's area of specialization, followed by an oral examination on all of them. In this case, the expression "area of specialization" refers to the student's area of specialization: the language of Japan.

The following concentration areas are available:

  • Linguistics - History, Structural Analysis, Sociolinguistics, or Pedagogy
  • Literature - Classical poetry, Classical narrative (fiction and/or drama), Modern literature
  • Electives - Japanese or East Asian Art, Philosophy/Religion, History, Drama; General, or other East Asian, Linguistics; Literary Theory, or another East Asian Literature

Brief summary of EALL degree requirements on the UH catalog