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Graduate Program

Graduate Program Advisor

Program Details  (Please note that all M.A. program details are still pending approval and that minor changes are expected).

Applying to the M.A. Program in Asian Studies

Submission Dates:

October 1, 2014 – April 15, 2015

To apply for the M.A. in Asian Studies at CSULB, applicants must complete both of the following:

    1. Apply for admission to the University as a graduate student. Go to: http://www.csumentor.edu

International students should contact the Center for International Education about applying at (562) 985-4106.

International students need to pass the TOEFL exam. Results of the TOEFL should be sent to the Center for International Education.

  1. Apply directly to the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. Submit the following items directly to Prof. Barbara Kim (Barbara.kim@csulb.edu):
    • a) Statement of purpose (no more than 2 pages)
    • b) A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professor with whom the applicant has studied.

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Description

The Master of Arts (MA) in Asian Studies (AST) provides a comparative understanding of the cultural, economic, and socio-political significance of Asia in the 21st century. It requires competency in one or more Asian languages. To this end, MA students are encouraged to study abroad for part of their course work. This degree prepares students for a domestic or international career in government, education, communications, or business.

For the AST MA program (30-42 units), students may choose the Asian Studies concentration or one of three options:

  • Asia and Globalization (concentration)
  • Asia and TESOL (option)
  • Chinese  Language and Culture (option)
  • Japanese Language and Pedagogy (option)

The AST MA program culminates with a project in AST 697 that demonstrates the knowledge and skills that students have both brought to and acquired through the curriculum.  This integration is demonstrated through a written project report and oral presentation in AST 697 and the AST MA comprehensive examination.

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Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a major in Asian Studies, an Asian language, or a field with an emphasis on Asia, including Cultural Geography, International Business, and International Studies and Linguistics.
  2. A 3.0 (“B”) GPA in Asia and Asian language related courses taken as an undergraduate. (A student whose GPA is less than 3.0 may appeal to the Department’s Graduate Committee for a possible waiver of this requirement.)
  3. English language competency:
    • A TOEFL score of 550 is required for international students. The English competency of non-native speakers will be assessed by the Department and an additional two English language courses may be required (English 301A, 301B).
  4. Asian language requirement:
    • For the Asian Studies concentration and the options for “Asia and TESOL” and “Chinese Language an Culture,” non-native speakers should be competent in an Asian language to the Beginning-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.  This means at least two full years of university level foreign language courses, with an average GPA of 3.0 in those courses. All language course work must be completed within five years of admission to the graduate program. Non-native speakers who have lived abroad may be tested for this competency and should contact the Department for further information.
    • The “Japanese Language and Pedagogy” option requires a higher level of proficiency for admission.  Students must possess at a minimum the Intermediate-High level of Japanese language proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines in all four skills.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources).
  6. A short statement of the candidate’s objectives in pursuing the AST MA degree.

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Requirements for the MA

  1. A student is expected to be conversant in one Asian language by the completion of his or her AST MA program. This is at least equivalent to the Intermediate-High level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. This language requirement is higher for the Japanese Language and Pedagogy option: Advanced-Low level proficiency in all 4 skills in Japanese.
  2. A minimum of 30 units of 400-level upper-division and graduate courses, of which sixty percent must be at the 500-600 level in a program approved by the Graduate Advisor. Nine units may be from outside CSULB.
    Required Core Courses for all concentrations (12 units):

  • AST 600. Asian Studies Research and Methodologies (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
  • AST 620. Comparative Traditional Cultures of Asia (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
  • AST 630. Asia and Globalization (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
  • AST 697. Research capstone (3) – Prerequisite: Advanced to candidacy in the AST MA program.

Asia and Globalization concentration (30-42 units)

Course Requirements:

    Asian Studies core courses (12 units) and 18 units from the following electives, selected with consultation of the graduate advisor:

  • ANTH 401. Foundations of Anthropology (3) – Prerequisites: ANTH 313 and 314 with grade of “C” or better, or consent of instructor.
  • ANTH 560. Ethnographic Research Methods (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 400. Geographical Analysis (4) – Prerequisite: GEOG 200 or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 596. Geographic Thought and Literature (3) – Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 650. Seminar in Cultural Geography (3) – Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 666. Seminar in Urban Geography (3) – Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 696. Seminar in Geographical Research Methods (3) – Prerequisites: GEOG 596, graduate standing in geography, and consent of instructor.
  • HIST 440/550. The Silk Roads (3) – Prerequisite: HIST 211 or 131 or consent of undergraduate/graduate advisor.
  • HIST 442/552. The Indian Ocean in World History (3) – Prerequisite: HIST 211 or 131 or consent of undergraduate/graduate advisor.
  • HIST 501. Theories and Methodologies of History (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
  • HIST 512. Chinese Emigration and Migration in the Modern Period (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing
  • HIST 518. Central Asia and Afghanistan, Twentieth Century (3) – Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing.
  • HIST 590. Selected Topics in Comparative History (3) – Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History.
  • HIST 682. Seminars in Asian History (3) – Prerequisites: Six units of upper division Asian history or consent of instructor.
  • SOC 430. Sociology of Globalization (3) – Prerequisites: SOC 100 and upper division standing.
  • SOC 536. Sociology of Race, Racism, and Racial Relations (3) – Prerequisite: SOC 656 and 696 or consent of instructor
  • SOC 540. Urban Sociology (3) – Prerequisites: SOC 356, 357 or consent of instructor

Graduate level courses in other disciplines may be substituted as electives.

Asia and TESOL option (36 units)

Course Requirements: Asian Studies core courses (12 units) and TESOL Requirements (24 units)

    TESOL Requirements: One course in each of the following eight categories

  1. Language Acquisition
    • LING 329. Introduction to Language Acquisition (3) – Prerequisite: None.
  2. Intermediate Level Linguistics. One course from:
    • LING 420. Phonology (3) – Prerequisite: LING 170 or ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
    • LING 421. English Syntax (3) – Prerequisite: LING 170 or ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
  3. Cross-cultural Communication
    • LING 425/ANTH 421. Education Across Cultures (3) – Prerequisite: None.
  4. Basic TESOL Methodology:
    • LING 486. Second Language Teaching Methods (3) – Prerequisite: ENGL 325 or consent of instructor.
  5. Curriculum:
    • LING 561 Second Language Curriculum Development (3) – Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of instructor.
  6. Testing and Assessment:
    • LING 562 Second Language Testing & Assessment (3) – Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of instructor.
  7. Specialized Methodology. One course from:
    • LING 560 TESOL Composition (3) – Prerequisite: None.
    • LING 575 Literacy and Linguistics (3) – Prerequisite: Six units in linguistics or consent of instructor.
  8. Practicum:
    • LING 593 Practicum in TESOL (3) – Prerequisite: LING 486.

Chinese Language and Culture option (30-42 units).

This option includes a concentration in Chinese Language and Culture or Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Course Requirements: Asian Studies core courses (12 units) and 18 units from the following electives, selected with consultation of the graduate advisor:

  • CHIN 410/510. Chinese Information Processing (3) – Prerequisite. CHIN 202 or equivalent. May be waived with instructor’s consent.
  • CHIN 430A/530A. Classical Chinese Fiction (3) – Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 430A/530B. Classical Chinese Drama (3) – Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 430C/530C. Classical Chinese Poetry (3) – Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 451/551. Chinese Culture and Tradition (3) – Prerequisite: One China-related course in Asian Studies or History and CHIN 301 or equivalent proficiency.
  • CHIN 462/562. Contrastive Analysis of Chinese and English (3) – Prerequisite: CHIN 301 or equivalent or by consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 485/585. Masterpieces from China (3) – Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 490/590. Selected Topics in Chinese Studies (3) – Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 561. Structure of Modern Chinese Language (3)
  • CHIN 581. Principles and Practice of Teaching Chinese (3)
  • CHIN 599. Directed Studies in Chinese (1-3) – Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
  • LING 561. Second Language Curriculum Development (3) – Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 562. Second Language Testing and Assessment (3) – Prerequisite: LING 325 or consent of instructor.
  • Suggested electives for “Chinese language and Culture” concentration:  CHIN 530A; CHIN 530B; CHIN 530C; CHIN 551, CHIN 561; CHIN 585; CHIN 599.
  • Suggested electives for “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language” concentration: CHIN 510; CHIN 551; CHIN 561; CHIN 562; CHIN 581; CHIN 599; LING 561; LING 562.

Japanese Language and Pedagogy option (33-42 units)

Course Requirements: Asian Studies core courses (12 units) and 21 units from the following courses and electives, selected with consultation of the graduate advisor:

Five Required Japanese Courses (15 units)

  • JAPN 463/563. Acquisition of Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language: Theory and Practice (3) – Prerequisites: LING 101 or LING 170 or JAPN 461; and JAPN 302 or Placement Test.
  • JAPN 461/561. The Structure of the Japanese Language (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.

OR

  • JAPN 482/582 Pedagogical Grammar (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 481/581. Principles and Practice of Teaching Japanese (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.

OR

  • JAPN 483/583. Curriculum and Materials Development (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN681 Practicum (3×2=6) – Prerequisites: two of the above courses (JAPN463/563, JAPN481/581, JAPN583) or consent of instructor.

Two electives (6 units)

  • JAPN 421/521. Selected Readings/Writing in Japanese (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 422/522. Technical Japanese (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 451/551. Japanese Civilization – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 452 Japan: its land, people, and culture (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 453 Japanese Culture and Social Process (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 350, or consent of instructor.
  • JAPN 461/561. The Structure of the Japanese Language (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor. (If not taken as a required course.)
  • JAPN 462/562. Contrastive Analysis of English and Japanese (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312 or equivalent as determined by instructor.
  • JAPN 471 Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature (3) – Prerequisite: JAPN 371 or equivalent as determined by instructor.
  • JAPN 481/581 Principles and Practice of Teaching Japanese (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor. (If not taken as a required course.)
  • JAPN 482/582 Pedagogical Grammar (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor. (If not taken as a required course.)
  • JAPN 483/583. Curriculum and Materials Development (3) – Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor. (If not taken as a required course.)

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Advancement to Candidacy

Students should see the Graduate Advisor to file Advancement to Candidacy after at least 6 units but no more than 15 units of graduate coursework are completed. We expect students to complete their MA within two-three years.

Students must have taken AST 600 as well as have passed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) or appropriate designated course. The Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE), part of the GWAR, is administered several times every academic year by the University Testing Office. It must be attempted in the first semester of graduate work and passed by the time of advancement. This exam may be waived if earned a 4.0 or higher on Writing portion of GRE.

Advancement must take place at least two semesters prior to taking the Comprehensive Exams. The Comprehensive Examination Approval Form must be filed with department at the time of Advancement. Advancement to Candidacy is a formal contract listing courses student has taken, is taking, and will take. Changes to contract may be made in consultation with Graduate Advisor.

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