MA in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
The Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MAAS) is a two-year degree with a flexible program of study for students who desire advanced training in Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures. Placing an emphasis on the development of strong language proficiency and relevant cultural knowledge, this degree is designed for three types of learners:
- Those who seek to prepare for entry into a PhD program in Asian Studies
- Those who will pursue careers in government, nonprofit institutions and social work, law, journalism, or business
- Those in or preparing for K-12 and community college education, library and archival work, or translation and interpretation
Completion of the MA degree indicates proficiency in one Asian or Middle Eastern language and knowledge of the relevant histories, literatures, and cultures of the region. Students must designate a language of concentration on their MA in Asian Studies program application form. Currently, students may select Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Urdu for their language of concentration.
The program’s focus is primarily humanistic, based on research in the traditions of philological, literary, visual, and philosophical scholarship. The program also encourages investigations in the interpretive social sciences—such as anthropology, history, and the sociology of class, gender, and race. See our list of course offerings.
To facilitate the wide range of student interests, career goals, and regional specializations, the MA in Asian Studies offers students both a thesis option (Plan A) and a non-thesis option (Plan B). Students in Plan A are required to complete 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits. Students in Plan B are required to complete 30 course credits, as detailed below.