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Graduate Program Overview

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers programs for students who wish to engage with the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea as articulated in language, linguistics, literature, film, cultural studies, and visual arts. Students emerge with a sophisticated understanding of culture as a dynamic process embodied in language and other representational media, especially the verbal and visual forms that are central to humanistic study.

Our department currently offer the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Chinese
  • Master of Arts in Japanese
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese, Linguistics Track

All students contemplating application for admission to graduate study must have a creditable undergraduate record. The applicant need not have majored in Chinese or Japanese as an undergraduate, but must have had the equivalent of least three years of training in the language in which he or she intends to specialize, and must also demonstrate a command of English adequate for the pursuit of graduate study. Applicants should not wish merely to acquire or improve language skills, but to pursue study in one of the following fields: Chinese History (pre-modern), Chinese linguistics, Chinese literature, Chinese Philosophy, Japanese cultural history, Japanese literature and Japanese linguistics.

For more information, please explore other pages to learn more about our graduate programs. Please contact our Student Services Officer, Ai Tran (aitran@stanford.edu).