Guidelines
     Language Requirement
     Required Core Courses
     Other Course Work
     Grade Requirements
          Final Papers and Oral Exam
            Final Papers
            Oral Exam
Applying to Graduate
Program Procedures for Finishing
Registration and Planning Your Class Schedule
Sample First Year Program
Faculty

 
Guidelines

Familiarize yourself with both the China Studies Program Requirements for a Master of Arts in International Studies and the General Graduate School Requirements for a Master’s Degree. The program requirements are designed to meet Graduate School requirements, but it is important to know that you must satisfy both sets of requirements to graduate.


Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)
Professor Madeleine Yue Dong is the Chair of the China Studies Program, and Professor David Bachman is the Faculty Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for China Studies. As the GPC, Professor Bachman serves as your overall faculty advisor. You should meet with the GPC at least once a year to review your course of study. As you review the program requirements and guidelines, you will find that some actions on your part need formal approval from the GPC. This approval should be in writing and placed in your file in the GPA’s office.


Language Requirement

Language study is an essential part of the program. Courses in Chinese language and literature are offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. While you are required to complete third-year Chinese, or second-year Heritage Chinese, you are urged to take instruction beyond this level if your schedule permits.
Students with minimal background in Chinese may wish to take Intensive First-Year Chinese the summer before entry, second-year Chinese the first year, then CHIN 311, 312 and 313/Third-Year Chinese in the second year.
The Department of Asian Languages and Literature requires a placement exam before you register for Chinese. Contact the department asianll@uw.edu or see the web site: http://depts.washington.edu/asianll/course_info/placement.html.
 

Required Core Courses

All China Studies graduate students must register for JSIS A 521 and 522 (Winter and Spring quarters, respectively) in their first year. These are introductory graduate-level courses on the interdisciplinary study of modern China through readings drawn from several academic disciplines. The paper written for these courses usually is one of the papers presented for the final degree requirements.

 

Other Course Work

You must take 26 additional credits with at least 8 credits at the 500 or 600 level. It is possible to apply Graduate Independent Study (JSIS 600) toward this requirement. Thesis credits (JSIS 700) do not count toward these 26 credits. In all cases of 500- and 600-level course work counting toward this requirement, the student is expected to write a substantial paper (15 pages). You are strongly encouraged to take Graduate Seminar (500) credits.

The courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be from at least two departments (or disciplines) other than Asian Languages and Literature. This is to ensure that your program of study is interdisciplinary. Courses at the 400, 500 and 600 levels may be counted toward your China studies course work.
First through fourth year Chinese and first year classical Chinese are not included in these 26 units.

While most of your work should focus on China, students may take a maximum of two courses not specifically focused on China for the purposes of fulfilling specific educational or professional objectives, or if these courses will contribute to understanding more fully an issue for the thesis or one of the final papers. For instance, those planning to pursue a Ph.D. may find that the departments they wish to enter have prerequisites not related to China that they must fulfill. On the other hand, students pursuing non-university careers may determine that course work from one of the departments or schools relevant to their career objectives (e.g., Public Affairs, Communications, Business Administration, Education, etc.) will be useful. In both cases, students should consult Advisors from the appropriate schools or departments early. Students adopting this option must obtain written approval from the GPC.

Graduate Independent Study at the 600 level counts toward your overall credits, but it is not considered graded credit even though you may, in some cases, receive a decimal grade. Such grades are not included in your GPA.  The form you’ll need to complete in order to register for either JSIS 600 or 700 is available in the Office of Student Services, Thomson 111.
 

Grade Requirements

Students are expected to maintain a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. Grades for course work must be at least 3.0, including Chinese language classes.


Final Papers and Oral Exam

Students must take a final oral exam after completing either two research papers or a thesis. With the GPC’s approval, students select a Supervisory Committee consisting of at least two faculty members to oversee both elements, with the Chair a Graduate Faculty member from the China Studies program.


Final Papers

Two Research Papers
One of these papers normally will be completed in JSIS A 521 and 522. The other should be written for a 500-level course in one of the disciplines. This second paper can come from a 400-level course where no comparable 500-level course exists. Each paper should be at least 20 pages in length. These papers should be revised to incorporate comments from the instructor on the original versions.

 Thesis
This option is designed for students who wish to undertake a major research project that involves extensive use of primary sources. Normally work on the thesis is begun in a graduate seminar. If you are considering this option, you should consult the GPC. If you decide to do a thesis, you should consult regularly with the members of your Supervisory Committee for guidance in both research and writing.

You must register for at least 9 thesis credits (JSIS 700). You do not have to register for all of them in one quarter and there is no limit on how many thesis credits you may take. In order to register for thesis credits, you must complete an Application for Independent Study/Thesis Credits form (available from the Student Services office, THO 111) each quarter and obtain a signature from the chair of your Supervisory Committee. Submit this form to JSIS Student Services to get the instructor ID number you will need to register.

Your paper(s) must be approved by your Supervisory Committee prior to taking your oral exam. Regardless of the option you choose, you must submit your finished paper(s) to Paula Milligan by the end of the 6th week of the quarter in which you plan to graduate. Give to Paula a separate manila envelope for each member of your committee containing both of your  papers or your thesis. (Address each envelope with the faculty name and box number.) These envelopes will be distributed to your Supervisory Committee members.

Submitting papers in the sixth week allows the Supervisory Committees sufficient time to read the papers and determine whether they are acceptable. If a paper is not acceptable, you will have time to rewrite it. If you are late in submitting your paper(s), you will probably have to register for another quarter.
 

Oral Exam

Once your paper(s) are approved, you must also pass an oral exam. This exam focuses on your final paper(s), but also may cover your course work.  For the Oral Exam, you must be physically present.

Before making plans to graduate Summer quarter, check with your committee members to see whether summer graduation is convenient for them. If they agree, your paper(s) must be submitted to the GPA by the nearest weekday to August 1.

 

Applying to Graduate

To graduate, you must apply for your degree through the Graduate School’s degree application Web site: http://www.grad.washington.edu/stsv/mastapp.htm The application period commences the first day of the quarter of graduation. The Jackson School requires that you apply by the 7th Sunday of the quarter (5th in Summer).

The Graduate School will send you an email confirmation of  your application for Master’s Degree and inform you of Graduate School requirements that must be met by the end of the quarter in which you graduate. The Graduate Program Adviser (Paula Milligan) will be notified of your application for Master’s Degree and will enter information detailing departmental requirements that must be met. This will generate an email from the Graduate School to you informing you of requirements.

If you do not finish in the quarter you applied to graduate, you will have to apply for the degree again. You must be registered for at least two credits in the quarter you graduate.

 

Program Procedures for Finishing

As you are approaching the completion of your paper(s), you must schedule your oral exam with your Supervisory Committee. Once the date and time are set, complete an Oral Exam Scheduling Form (available from Paula Milligan) and obtain Professor Bachman’s or Professor Dong’s signature. Then give it to Paula Milligan, who will schedule a room for the exam if needed and notify everyone involved. Paula will prepare your file for your oral exam. Be sure to make an appointment with Paula in the quarter prior to your planned graduation to make sure that you will have met all requirements, and to review the procedures for finishing.

Prior to your oral exam, your file will be given to one of your committee members. Aside from providing a record of the work you have done in the program, your file also will contain your Oral Exam Completion Approval of Graduation Form and the Application for Master’s Degree, also called the Warrant. Both of these documents must be signed by your committee members following the successful completion of the oral exam and placed in your file.

Thesis Option

Students choosing the thesis option should carefully review the Graduate School page “Final Submission of Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)” 

See (http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/etd/info.shtml) for information about uploading the thesis and printing and submitting the signed Supervisory Committee Approval Form, which is required by 5:00 on the last day of the quarter.

 

Registration and Planning Your Class Schedule

Registration for classes begins in the middle of the preceding quarter (middle of Spring Quarter for Autumn). Course booklets on East Asia, which contain course descriptions for the upcoming quarter, are available in Student Services prior to each registration period. As a continuing student you will be eligible to register in the first Registration Period. Registering early will help you get into the classes you want.
 

SAMPLE FIRST-YEAR PROGRAM
Autumn Quarter
Chinese (at the appropriate level) 5 credits
Elective 3-5 credits
Elective 3-5 credits
Winter Quarter
Chinese (at the appropriate level) 5 credits
JSIS A 521 Seminar: Introduction to
Interdisciplinary Study of China 5 credits
Elective 3-5 credits
Spring Quarter
Chinese (at the appropriate level) 5 credits
JSIS A 522 Seminar: Introduction to
Interdisciplinary Study of China 5 credits
Elective 3-5 credits

 

China Studies Faculty

Please see http://jsis.washington.edu/china/faculty.shtml for fuller details, and http://www.washington.edu/home/directories.html.

 

Jackson School
Office of Academic Services
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Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6001
jsisadv@u.washington.edu