The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations offers BA/MA, MA, Dual MA and PhD graduate degrees with specializations in Chinese or Japanese. Celebrating a history of over 30 years, we offer small class sizes that allow our graduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are noted scholars in their fields. 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.
The MA program in Chinese is designed to offer students maximum general exposure to the long sweep of Chinese literary and cultural history as well as the opportunity to delve into the study of some particular period, field, topic or genre. With six professors covering literature and culture from early China through the medieval era to the early modern period and contemporary China, the program is comprehensive in scope. The program focuses especially on preparing students for PhD study and careers in sinology. Since 1991, close to seventy graduates of the Chinese MA program have gone on to doctoral study here or at other first-rank institutions in the U.S. For alumni stories, please click here.
The MA program in Japanese is designed to provide advanced-level training in Japanese language, literature and civilization, with the aim of preparing students for both Japan-related professional careers and doctoral study in Japanese literature and culture. The program boasts four professors with specializations in the literature and performing arts of classical, medieval, early-modern and modern Japan. In recent years our MA students have gone on to PhD programs in Japanese literature, art history and religious studies at this and numerous other first-rank institutions in the U.S. and abroad. For alumni stories, please click here.
The PhD programs in Chinese and Japanese offer extensive training in the modern and pre-modern literatures of China and Japan for students seeking to pursue research and teaching careers at the collegiate level.
The MA in Asian Languages and Civilizations may be pursued with a specialization in Chinese or Japanese. 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 MA requires 30 hours of approved graduate coursework or 24 hours of coursework plus a thesis.
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. The PhD 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.
Generous funding opportunities for our MA and PhD candidates include fellowships, tuition reimbursement, health insurance assistance and stipends for Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Part-Time Instructorships.
As a part of the Consortium of PhD Programs in the Literatures and Cultures at the University of Colorado, the department will offer five-year PhD fellowships, which will include a tuition waiver, teaching exemption in the first year, competitive monthly stipend and generous summer research funds. More information about the Consortium can be found on the Center for Humanities and the Arts website.
The Chinese and Japanese graduate programs at CU have been selected for inclusion in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Through the WRGP, graduate students who are residents of 15 participating states may enroll in certain distinctive programs at public institutions on an in-state resident tuition basis.
The following states currently participate in the WRGP: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
If you are currently a non-resident of Colorado and believe you are eligible and would like to apply for the WRGP benefit, answer 'yes' to the WRGP question in the Supplemental Information section of the online application, or email the Tuition Classification Officer, in the Registrar's office: firstname.lastname@example.org.