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Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media M.A.

Asian Languages and Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, 220 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6534; fax: 612-624-5513)
Email: all@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: The Asian Languages and Literatures Department considers applications only from students seeking the PhD degree; it does not admit students directly to the MA. The MA is offered only as an exit degree or interim credential. The Asian literatures, cultures, and media (ALCM) program enables students to pursue the study of Asian texts and media, broadly understood. The program encourages work that questions the boundaries of traditional area studies, demands proficiency in the language(s) of concentration, and provides opportunities for students to design a flexible program of study. Students must designate a language of concentration on their ALCM program application form. Currently, students may select Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Hindi/Urdu for their language of concentration. However, it is possible to select another South Asian language with permission of the director of graduate studies. For details, see the graduate program website at www.all.umn.edu.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Only applications from students seeking the PhD degree are considered, although applicants are not required to have taken graduate coursework before entering the program. The MA is offered as an exit degree or interim credential. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution (or its foreign equivalent) is required for admission. Students entering with an MA in a related field will have the appropriate number of credits and courses applied to their program of study (as determined by the director of graduate studies). Applicants are expected to have a strong academic record from a relevant humanities or social science discipline and at least three years of college-level study in the proposed language of concentration, or a demonstration of comparable linguistic proficiency.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Advanced knowledge in the chosen language.
A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The MA examination comprises the PhD qualifying examination, which is normally taken at the end of the student's second year in the program. Students entering the program with an MA in a related field can take the qualifying examination after one year of study, with approval of the director of graduate studies. The final examination consists of the following: 1) written language examination(s), typically an in-room reading/translation examination on materials directly related to study and research interests; 2) an oral presentation and interview discussing the materials that were part of the written examination; 3) submission of two Plan B research papers for evaluation (normally papers from two different classes, revised for submission); and 4) an oral examination (in English) by a faculty committee, based on the submitted papers.
Required Courses
ALL 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
ALL 8002 - Critical Approaches to Asian Studies (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
A maximum of 8 language credits can be applied as electives.
Take 0 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ARAB 4101 - Beginning Arabic I for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
· ARAB 4102 - Beginning Arabic II for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
· ARAB 4121 - Intermediate Arabic I for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
· ARAB 4122 - Intermediate Arabic II for Graduate Student Research (5.0 cr)
· CHN 4041 - Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese I (4.0 cr)
· CHN 4042 - Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese II (4.0 cr)
· CHN 5040 - Readings in Chinese Texts (3.0 cr)
· Seminars and Courses
Many 8xxx-level CLA seminars can be taken to fulfill the requirements of this degree. Students choose courses in consultation with their advisor. The following list includes frequently taken electives:
Take 16 - 24 credit(s) from the following:
· ALL 5xxx
· ALL 8xxx
· CSDS 8001 - Basic Research Seminar: Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society I (3.0 cr)
· CSDS 8002 - Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society II (3.0 cr)
· CL 5910 - Topics in Comparative Literature (3.0-4.0 cr)
· MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
· MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image (3.0 cr)
· HIST 5940 - Topics in Asian History (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HIST 5960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
· HIST 8960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 8710 - Seminar: Islamic Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 8720 - Seminar:East Asian Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 8950 - Seminar: Issues in the History of Art (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 5490 - Topics: Political Economy and Global Studies (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8810 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
 
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ALL 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Constructions of national identity, its consolidation in current disciplinary/academic structures.
ALL 8002 - Critical Approaches to Asian Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Issues/approaches in academic study of Asian literature/ cultures. Problems in contemporary academic theory in humanities. Application of theory to Asia/issues raised. Interventions of critical theory. Ethics of professional peer review. Crisis in higher education.
ARAB 4101 - Beginning Arabic I for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01562
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Oral practice, reading, comprehension, grammar.
ARAB 4102 - Beginning Arabic II for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01634
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Comprehension, oral practice, reading of standard Arabic. Meets with 1102. prereq: 4101 or equiv
ARAB 4121 - Intermediate Arabic I for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01561
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced grammar, conversational practice. Reading Arabic texts. prereq: 4102 or equiv
ARAB 4122 - Intermediate Arabic II for Graduate Student Research
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01635
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Advanced grammar, analyses of readings, oral comprehension. Meets with 3102. prereq: 4121 or equiv
CHN 4041 - Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writings of different styles. Short stories/essays written since 1949 that reflect Chinese society. Internet writing, use of language. Writings reflection of contemporary Chinese society, its culture/philosophies. prereq: 3032 or instr consent
CHN 4042 - Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Writings of different styles. Short stories/essays written since 1949 that reflect Chinese society. Internet writing, use of language. Writings' reflection of contemporary Chinese society, its culture/philosophies. prereq: 3032 or instr consent
CHN 5040 - Readings in Chinese Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students read authentic materials of various types to increase reading/speaking ability. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 4042 or equiv or instr consent
CSDS 8001 - Basic Research Seminar: Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01224 - CL 8001/CSDS 8001
Typically offered: Every Fall
Key texts, positions, problematics in field of comparative critical theory. Historical precursors, influential contemporary debates, disciplinary genealogies.
CSDS 8002 - Basic Research Seminar in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02064 - CL 8002/CSDS 8002
Typically offered: Every Spring
Key texts, positions, problematics in field of comparative critical theory. Special attention to historical precursors, influential contemporary debates, disciplinary genealogies.
CL 5910 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 32.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the moving image as the intersection between critical media studies and film studies. Not a historical overview, but rather current discussions in these areas contextualized with relevant readings in classical film and media theory.
MIMS 8003 - Historiography of the Moving Image
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genealologies of the moving image. "Crisis" of film in debates about "old" and "new" media; Hollywood's role in defining commercial and oppositional forms of moving images; approaches to the writing of history in relation to media historiography.
HIST 5940 - Topics in Asian History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses. prereq: Grad student or [advanced undergrad, instr consent]
HIST 5960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: [advanced undergrad with instr consent]
HIST 8960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Art/material culture of early China from Neolithic age (ca. 10000-2000 BCE) to early imperial period (221 BCE-906 CE).
ARTH 8710 - Seminar: Islamic Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focus depends on current research interests of the professor and needs and interests of graduate students in Islamic and Asian art history. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8720 - Seminar:East Asian Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Research focuses on closely defined topic, such as a short period of Chinese art, a restricted subject, or role of a single artist. A substantive research paper is required and participation in the seminar dialogue is expected. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 8950 - Seminar: Issues in the History of Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical or topical issues. Topics vary. prereq: 3 cr art history, instr consent
GWSS 5490 - Topics: Political Economy and Global Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 5980 - Topics in Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ANTH 8810 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar examines particular aspects of method and/or theory. Topics vary according to student and faculty interests.