Asian Languages and Literatures at UMass Amherst offers a comprehensive course of studies leading to the Master of Arts degree in Chinese. The principal focus of the program is practical training, with an emphasis on the development of advanced linguistic skills that will enhance future work in translation, interpretation, teaching, journalism, business or government. For those who intend to go on to future graduate study, the curriculum is flexible enough to allow emphasis on more traditional literary or cultural studies.
Students whose native languages is not Chinese, entering the program are expected to have advanced level competency in Chinese language, and to have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with an undergraduate major in Chinese (or its equivalent) before matriculation with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale). Students whose preparation is deficient in certain areas may be required to do remedial work after admission to the program. Such work will not be counted toward the degree. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants, including foreign applicants. The Graduate School requires all applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). However, the standard English test scores are only one part of the application. We review all the applications and make decisions. We also look at the student's background in college coursework and potential in graduate studies. Writing sample separately from the application, is not required.
Students are required to complete at least 30 semester credits of course work and 6 credits of Master's Thesis. Up to 6 credits of appropriate course work at the graduate level from other institutions may be accepted with the approval of the graduate committee. It is expected that most suitably prepared students will be able to finish all requirements for the degree within two academic years. For students emphasizing linguistics, Chinese 576 and 577 are required. For those emphasizing classical literature, Chinese 552, 555 and 556 are required. For those emphasizing modern literature, Chinese 526 and 527 are required. Chinese 580 is required for all teaching assistants.
Before starting the thesis the student must pass a general examination, not necessarily limited to the thesis topic. The examination will be administered by a committee appointed by the graduate advisor.
|Chinese 528||Chinese Language in Contexts|
|Chinese 570||Research in Chinese Source Materials|
|Chinese 575||Syntactic Structures of Chinese|
|Chinese 626||Expository Writing|
|Chinese 660||Problems and Methods of Translation|
|Chinese 691||Graduate Seminar in Chinese|
ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credits)
|Chinese 526||Readings in Modern Chinese Literature I|
|Chinese 527||Readings in Modern Chinese Literature II|
|Chinese 536||Premodern Vernacular Literature|
|Chinese 537||Readings in Vernacular Literature|
|Chinese 552||Readings in Chinese Historical Texts|
|Chinese 555||Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Poetry|
|Chinese 556||Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Prose|
|Chinese 576||History of the Chinese Language|
|Chinese 577||Chinese Dialectology|
|Chinese 580||Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language I|
|Chinese 581||Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language II|
|Chinese 597||Special Topics|
|Chinese 697||Special Topics|
|Chinese 699||Master's Thesis|
Asian Languages and Literatures—a unit within the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UMass Amherst—offers a course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Japanese. There are two principal foci of our program: one is the study of Japanese literature and/or culture, and the second is the acquisition of practical language skills to enhance future work in such fields as translation, interpretation, teaching, journalism, business or government.
Our entering class averages 3-5 students each year. The students have diverse backgrounds. The University of Massachusetts does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs and affiliations, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Please click here to see our admission guidelines and other information useful for prospective students.
Students are required to complete at least thirty semester credits of course work plus a master’s thesis (six credits). Up to six credits of appropriate course work at the graduate level from other institutions may be accepted with the approval of the graduate committee. It is expected that most suitably prepared students will be able to finish all requirements for the degree within two academic years.
REQUIRED COURSES (21 credits)
Japanese 537 Advanced Modern Japanese II
Japanese 556H Classical Japanese I
Japanese 570H Research in Japanese Source Materials
Japanese 592A Pro-seminar in Japanese 1
Japanese 592B Pro-seminar in Japanese 2
Japanese 660 Problems and Methods in Translation
Japanese 691 Graduate Seminar in Japanese
ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits)
Japanese 532 Media Japanese I
Japanese 536 Advanced Modern Japanese I
Japanese 557H Introduction to Classical Japanese II
Japanese 580 Teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language
Japanese 591B Seminar in Modern Japanese Philosophy
Japanese 591S Japanese Women’s Literature
Japanese 591T S-Tokyo through Literature & Film
Japanese 593 Heian Literary Culture
Japanese 593B Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
Japanese 597A Manuscript Japanese (1 credit, repeatable)
Japanese 597K Japanese Video Games
Japanese 698Y Practicum
Up to two courses (six credits) from other units or departments may also be accepted with the approval of the graduate committee.
THESIS AND EXAMINATION (6 credits)
Japan 699 Thesis and Examination