Students will specialize in the same geographical region (China or Japan) they chose for their BA studies. Students who received their BA from another department will be required to complete the mandatory classes for BA studies, including language courses. As part of their MA studies, the students from both sections, Japan and China, will participate in seminars, guided reading classes, and other courses from within and outside the department under approval from the MA consultant of the department.
In the China section, several integrative seminars will be given each year, dealing with major issues such as Chinese history, politics and society. Students of the department in the research program will be required to present at least one seminar paper as part of the integrative seminars.
Students will be allowed to participate in a private personal guiding from one of the teachers, on a subject that will be approved by the teacher, instead of one of the other courses.
Students who are continuing their studies after a break, will be required to take a test to prove their language skills in the language that they are specializing in (Chinese or Japanese). In case of failure in the test, these students will be required to retake Chinese/Japanese third year course.
The Non-research program for MA studies consists of 40 credit points(excluding written assignments).
Selective courses from within and outside the department must be approved by the department’s MA advisor. These courses will constitute as 45% of the final grade. Written assignments do not award credit points.
Students are required to hand in two seminar papers which will constitute as 40% of the final grade. Students from the China section must write at least one seminar paper as part of the integrative seminar.
Students will also be required to take a final examination which will constitute as 15% of the final grade.
GUIDED READING OF CHINESE/JAPANESE TEXTS (1ST YEAR) – 4 CREDITS
GUIDED READING OF CHINESE/JAPANESE TEXTS (2ND YEAR) – 4 CREDITS
TWO SEMINAR PAPERS WITH A RESEARCH ASPECT– 4-8 CREDITS
SELECTIVE COURSES FROM WITHIN/OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT – 22-26 CREDITS
DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR IN ASIAN STUDIES (1ST OR 2ND YEAR) – 2 CREDITS
40 CREDITS IN TOTAL
Two seminar papers-
Students who wish to switch to the research program, may do so by the end of their first year, as long as their average stands on at least 85 for 20 credit points, and that they passed the first year of their secondary language course.