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Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy Programs in East Asian Languages and Cultures

Our department offers doctoral programs in Chinese and 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures

Candidates for the degree are expected to acquire a thorough familiarity with Chinese or Japanese literature and linguistics, an adequate command of relevant languages, and a comprehensive knowledge of East Asian history, social institutions, and thought. The University's basic requirements for the Ph.D. program are given in the "Graduate Degrees" section of the Stanford Bulletin.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese

The Ph.D. program in Chinese is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Chinese literature, philosophy, or linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Chinese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students will complete the M.A. as described above on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (see Requirements for the Ph.D. in Chinese here). The majority of required course work for Ph.D. students demands the ability to read primary and secondary materials in Chinese. Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in Chinese literature or linguistics elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan

The Ph.D. program in Chinese Archaeology is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Chinese archaeology. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Chinese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Students on the Ph.D. track will complete the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan, on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (For Chinese Archaeology M.A. requirements, click here). Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in archaeology or anthropology elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. track. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Subplans are printed on the transcript and diploma and are elected via the Declaration or Change to a Field of Study form.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese

The Ph.D. program in Japanese is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Japanese literature, cultural history, or linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Japanese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students will complete M.A. requirements on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (see department guidelines for admission to candidacy above). The majority of required course work for Ph.D. students demands the ability to read primary and secondary materials in Japanese. Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in Japanese literature or linguistics elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese, Linguistics Track

The Ph.D. program in Japanese, Linguistics Track, is designed for students who wish to specialize in Japanese linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Japanese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students will complete the Master of Arts in Japanese requirements on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (see department requirements for the Master of Arts in Japanese). Candidates are also expected to take relevant courses in linguistics, and other supporting fields. These fields are to be determined with the consultation of the student’s primary adviser, may include applied linguistics, Chinese linguistics, psychology, education anthropology, sociology, etc. Like the Japanese Ph.D. program, Ph.D. candidates on the Japanese Linguistics Track must be able to read primary and secondary materials in Japanese. Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already have already completed an M.A. in Japanese literature or linguistics elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures

A student taking a Ph.D. minor in Chinese or Japanese must complete at least 30 units of work within the department at the 200 and 300 level, chosen in consultation with a department adviser. The student must take either CHINLIT 201 Proseminar: Bibliographic and Research Methods in Chinese Studies or JAPANLIT 201 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Study in Japanese unless the department is satisfied that work done elsewhere has provided similar training. The student must also pass a written examination in the Chinese or Japanese language.