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University of Pittsburgh

Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in

East Asian Studies (IDMA)

Requirements

  • The IDMA in East Asian Studies requires a minimum of 27 credits of course work in two or more departments, including the East Asian Studies "bibliography course" (EAS 2005). This excludes language credits. The student works with a faculty advisor, assigned before the student is admitted, to plan a coherent academic program.

  • Students must have completed two years of Chinese or Japanese language study at the college level to be considered for admission to the IDMA, and they must continue their language study as part of their graduate work. Three years of college-level language study or its equivalent is necessary to fulfill the language requirement for the degree.

  • Students who specialize in China must take a least one 3-credit course on Japan; and those who specialize in Japan must take at least one 3-credit course on China.

  • Six of the required credits for the degree must be taken in course work relating to the pre-modern and modern histories of either China or Japan.

  • Students must choose a thesis topic in consultation with their academic advisor and two additional East Asian faculty members. These three faculty members serve as the student’s thesis committee. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s ability to carry out research using East Asian language materials.

  • In preparation of the thesis, each IDMA student must give a talk on their thesis topic in the EALL Colloquium series.
  • When course work and thesis have been completed, the student must pass an oral comprehensive examination centered on the thesis topic.

 

Description of Learning Outcomes

IDMA students are regularly assessed in the following skills areas to ensure the graduates will be able to perform competently. These areas are described as follows:

1.Students will acquire expert knowledge and key research skills in the chosen discipline and covey such knowledge in professional, academic writing.

2.┬áStudents should demonstrate an ability to conduct research in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean and use the skill to gather information and to conduct a critical and nuanced analysis of the topic acceptable in the discipline of the student’s choice.

3. The student should be able to speak and understand the target language appropriately and accurately in social and professional situations.

4. The student should be able to read the target language appropriately and accurately in social and professional situations.