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Critical Asian Humanities

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Director of Graduate Studies
MA in Critical Asian Humanities
Duke University
Box 90414
Durham, NC  27708-0414
(919) 668 2603


General Information

Degree offered:
Faculty working with students:
The program has 8 core faculty, but students can take courses with Humanities and East Asian Studies faculty from throughout the university
16 (8 per matriculating class)
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Critical Asian Humanities is a terminal degree offered by the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The MA provides training in the critical analysis of written, visual, and performance cultures of East Asia. Integrating approaches and methodologies from literary studies, film studies, and cultural studies, we will offer an innovative and comprehensive program of study that will provide students with the skills needed to pursue either a doctoral or professional degree in a related area, or a career in field relating to East Asian culture and society.

The curriculum of the CAH-MA consists primarily of courses on East Asian cultural studies and cultural studies methodologies. Students must also attain advanced language proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, equivalent to three years of college-level study. Up to two East Asian language courses may be counted toward the 10-course requirement. Students who already have proficiency in one East Asian language are not required to study a second language, though they are welcome to do so.

Under the direction of a faculty advisor, each student will complete an MA thesis and submit it to their thesis committee. The thesis committee will be composed of three faculty, at least two of whom must be from AMES. The degree is dependent on the acceptance of the thesis and successful completion of an oral examination.

Other Requirements

*Applicants with TOEFL scores of 100 and above or IELTS scores of 7 and above are preferred.

* While priority is given to applications received by the Graduate School deadline of January 30, the department will consider fall applications until May 1.


Spring Application