East Asian Languages & Cultures, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Major in East Asian Languages and Cultures


department office: 2090 Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 244-1432

email: ealc@illinois.edu


department catalog page: East Asian Languages & Cultures

department website: Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

department faculty: East Asian Languages & Cultures Faculty


overview of admissions & requirements: Graduate Degree Information East Asian Languages & Cultures

college website: LAS


Applicants to the PhD program normally must hold a master's degree in East Asian studies or a related discipline with an East Asian concentration.

Candidates for the PhD may specialize in culture (e.g., religion, literature, history, anthropology), language acquisition, or language pedagogy, with a major concentration in China, Japan, or Korea.

Other general requirements include: an annual review of progress, including an evaluation of research capability; a written and oral preliminary examination in the major and two minor fields (after completion of coursework); presentation of a dissertation proposal (often as part of the preliminary exam); and completion and defense of the dissertation.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Major in East Asian Languages and Cultures


Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

Courses in the major field defined by culture and discipline (500-level)16
Research seminars (500-level)8
Elective 500-level courses8
Two graduate courses in a second discipline and two in a second culture must be completed as part of the Ph.D. coursework
Language Requirement:
Candidates must demonstrate a knowledge of one East Asian language at the fourth-year level by satisfactory completion of appropriate (400-level) coursework or examination and passage of a written examination covering material studied while in residence.
Demonstration of proficiency in a second language relevant to the student's course of study usually Chinese, Japanese, Korean evidenced by either a) completion of minimum of two years of an approved sequence courses; or b) by examination.
EALC 599Thesis Research (32 max applied toward degree)0-32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other Requirements may overlap
In addition to the language requirements noted above, Ph.D. students whose primary focus is Japan are required to take one year of classical Japanese, and those whose primary focus is China are required to take one year of classical Chinese. These may be counted toward degree requirements.
Qualifying Exam Required No
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

EALC 500Proseminar in EALC4
Two 500-level courses in the major field including one course designated as a research seminar in which the student produces a research paper using Asian language sources.8
Distribution requirements. a minimum of two (8 hours) 400- or 500-level courses that are: 1. outside the major field of interest. 2. in an East Asian culture other than the major areas of interest. 3. in a Second Period (modern or premodern)8
Elective hours to earn MA equivalency12
Courses in the major field defined by culture and discipline (500-level)16
Research seminars (500-level)8
Elective 500-level courses8
EALC 599Thesis Research (32 max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours96

Other Requirements1

Other Requirements may overlap
In addition to the language requirements noted above, Ph.D. students whose primary focus is Japan are required to take one year of classical Japanese, and those whose primary focus is China are required to take one year of classical Chinese. These may be counted toward degree requirements.
Qualifying Exam Required No
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75