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Asian Studies

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.

Members

Professors

D. Baker, J. Chen, N. Hur, R. King, J. Mostow, P. Nosco, H. Oberoi, S. Orbaugh, J. Schmidt, E. Slingerland.

Associate Professors

J. Chiu-Duke, B. Fulton, C. Laffin, D. Li, H.-G. Lynn, A. Murphy, C. Rea, B. Rusk, A. Sathaye, T. W. Shakya, L. Shin, C. Swatek, S.Thobani.

Assistant Professors

J. Main, F. Harlow, C. Yi.

Program Overview

UBC's Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America.

In many ways, UBC Asian Studies is a representative department within the Faculty of Arts. It has over 20 regular faculty, as well as an exceptionally well-qualified pool of instructors and sessional instructors.

In other ways, the program is in a league all its own. It has grown since its inception, but this growth became explosive during the 1980s and 1990s, reflecting the demographic shifts of Greater Vancouver. Where most of its counterparts at leading universities might offer instruction in Chinese, Japanese, and perhaps Korean, UBC Asian Studies adds Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, and Indonesian to the list. We have by far the largest (and in terms of issues related to heritage language learning, the most complex) programs in Chinese and Japanese language in North America, with thousands of registrations between just these two.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Asian Studies offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Asian Studies encompassing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, East Asian Buddhism, South East Asian and South Asian culture, including literature, linguistics, pre-modern history, religion, and philosophy.

Those interested in graduate studies relating to Asia in fields such as modern history, political science, economics, sociology, geography, anthropology, fine arts, etc., should apply to the departments concerned.

Admission Requirements

The program in Asian Studies offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies, focusing on the fields of language, literature, and pre-modern history, linguistics, religion and thought, and cultural studies. It also provides language training for those doing graduate work relating to China, Japan, and South Asia in other departments.

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Asian Studies normally requires an M.A. in Asian Studies or its equivalent. Applicants for the Ph.D. must have an adequate command of Chinese, Japanese, Hindi/Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Korean, or Indonesian, prior to admittance. In the case of Chinese, this will normally mean a competent reading knowledge of both modern and classical forms of the language.

Program Requirements

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete coursework and a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements. For details, see Ph.D. Program Requirements.

Master of Arts

The Department of Asian Studies offers the Master of Arts in Asian Studies encompassing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, East Asian Buddhism, South East Asian culture, including literature, linguistics, pre-modern history, religion, and philosophy.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program in Asian Studies normally requires a Bachelor of Arts with first class standing in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or South Asian languages. This implies a minimum of four years of language study prior to undertaking the M.A. The program is prepared to accept a limited number of students who are otherwise well-qualified and show linguistic aptitude but have less than this amount of preparation in language. Such students will be required to spend one or two extra years in their M.A. program making up this deficiency.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Asian Studies consists of a minimum of 30 credits (including a 12-credit thesis). The Program does not offer part-time or non-thesis study. For details, see M.A. Program Requirements.

Contact Information

Department of Asian Studies
607-1871 West Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604.822.5728
Fax: 604.822.8937
Email: asiagrad@mail.ubc.ca
Web: www.asia.ubc.ca
Jasmina Miodragovic, Graduate Program Assistant

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