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Asian Languages and Civilizations

The MA in Asian Languages and Civilizations may be pursued in one of four different tracks: Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Chinese Language and Civilization, and Japanese Language and Civilization. Graduate students work in a broad interdisciplinary context, requiring a study of literary, historical, and cultural texts across the millennia of Chinese and Japanese written materials.

The PhD in Asian Languages and Civilizations offers specializations in Chinese or Japanese with concentrations in literary and/or cultural studies of either the pre-modern or modern periods.

Faculty research includes various specialized topics in Chinese and Japanese literature and cultural history, from early times to the present day, in fields such as poetry, literary criticism, manuscript studies, religious and intellectual history, as well as fiction, drama, and film.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Requires 24 hours of approved graduate course work plus a thesis, or 30 hours of course work without a thesis.

Requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in graduate courses numbered 5000 or above in Chinese or Japanese, and 30 credit hours of dissertation work beyond the required coursework. PhD students may transfer to the department up to 21 hours of acceptable graduate-level credit. Academic preparation is expected in both classical and modern language.

Admissions Requirements: 

Following is a partial summary of admission requirements. Further details are available on our website, or by contacting the department.

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (applicants with a GPA above 2.50 may be admitted provisionally).
  3. Have successfully completed the equivalent of the CU-Boulder undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese, with advanced competence in modern Chinese or Japanese, an introduction to classical Chinese or Japanese, an understanding of the interrelationship of Chinese or Japanese language and society, and a familiarity with the history and major writers and works of Chinese and Japanese literature.
  4. All international students whose native language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score to be considered for admission.
  5. The GRE is required for consideration for financial support or teaching assistantships.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation.
Financial Support: 

Applicants may compete for fellowships and teaching assistantships / graduate part-time instructorships.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Spring Domestic Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Spring International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations
Humanities 240A
279 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0279
Phone 303-492-6639
Fax 303-492-7272