University of Washington

Office of Academic Services

Thomson Hall Room 111








Welcome to the University of Washington and the China Studies program. This handbook provides you with information concerning both academic and non-academic matters. We hope it will be of use to you.

     Language Requirement
     Required Core Courses
     Other Course Work
     Grade Requirements
     Final Papers and Oral Exam
          Final Papers
          Oral Exam

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) houses many academic programs; the China Studies program is one of them. The variety of JSIS programs provides a wealth of resources, including colloquia and symposia which bring in outside speakers. We hope you will take advantage of them while you are here.

Thomson Hall is the home of the Jackson School. Your mailbox is in Thomson 311, the Graduate Reading Room. Aside from being a good place to study or meet other students, the Graduate Reading Room features 4 computers and a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. A more fully-equipped Computer Lab is located in the basement of Thomson Hall. Your UW student card is your “key” to the graduate reading room and the computer lab. Be sure to take your card to Mark Haslam (Thomson 407), the Jackson School Computer Specialist, so that your card can be activated.

Academic Services is in Thomson 111. Check the bulletin boards just outside the door and across the hall for information on visiting speakers, film series, and events. You can pick up information about relevant course offerings for upcoming quarters from the shelves against the wall. One of the Academic Services staff members or either of the Student Assistants can assign you a locker, which you may retain as long as you are here, if you renew it each spring.

Once you have established an e-mail account for your UW messages, be sure to e-mail Curtis Reed (, the China Studies Program Coordinator, so that you can be put on the China Studies email list. This will assure that you receive announcements of talks, courses and other events relevant to China and/or East Asia in general. You will also be added to the jsisgrads email list for general messages to all Jackson School grad students, and through this you will also receive the Jackson School Calendar.

For advice on procedures and requirements, contact Paula Milligan, the Graduate Program Adviser (GPA), in JSIS Academic Services. For quick questions, you may come during drop-in hours (Mondays 9-11 am or Thursdays 2-4 pm). For questions that will take more than 10 or 15 minutes, it may be best to make an appointment. Paula’s appointment calendar is on-line at; her office is in Thomson 116. There are approximately 150 JSIS Master’s students, so you may need to remind Paula of your name and your program of study. You should meet with Paula at least once a year. It is particularly important to meet with her before registering for your last quarter, to make sure that you have met all requirements and to review graduation procedures.

Professor Madeleine Yue Dong is the Chair of the China Studies Program, and Professor David Bachman, the Associate Chair, is the Faculty Adviser and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for China Studies. As the GPC, Professor Bachman serves as your overall academic 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.

In your second year in the program, you should establish a Supervisory Committee to advise you in completing the final requirements of your program. Obviously, if you intend to graduate in less than two full years, you need to establish your supervisory committee at least a quarter before you graduate.
If you find yourself struggling academically, we strongly advise you to meet with the GPC and/or the GPA as soon as possible to discuss your options.

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.

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 or see the web site:

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. These courses must be 400 level and above.

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 averaged into 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 Academic Services, Thomson 111. It requires the signature of your faculty supervisor for the project.

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.

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 Academic Services office, THO 111) each quarter and obtain a signature from the chair of your Supervisory Committee. Submit this form to JSIS Academic 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. (August 1st if your Oral Exam is in Summer quarter.) Give 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.

To graduate, you must request your degree through the Graduate School’s degree application Web site: 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 Sunday 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.

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 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)”
( for information about uploading the thesis and printing and submitting the signed Supervisory Committee Approval Form, which you must submit by 5:00 on the last day of the quarter.

Graduate students are required to maintain graduate status during their program of study by enrolling for at least one credit. Failure to maintain this status requires application for reinstatement to the University of Washington ($250). Students who desire to take a quarter or quarters off without going through the reinstatement process must apply for on-leave status for each quarter they do not register, not including summer. For complete details regarding the on-leave policy, refer to Graduate School Memorandum 9.

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 Academic 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.


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

You may take courses that do not fulfill program requirements. Comparative study is encouraged, and classes which do not meet China Studies requirements may be useful. However, taking too many courses that do not apply to your degree could prevent you from completing the program within two years.

An average load per quarter for Jackson School graduate students is 12-15 credits or 3-4 courses, depending on credits per course. In the final quarter, students may take fewer courses as they focus on completing their Essays. If you are receiving financial aid, or hold a scholarship, fellowship, or TA or RA position, you must carry at least 10 credits per quarter. International students must be registered for 10 credits in order to maintain F-1 status. International students may take fewer than 10 credits in the final quarter if they have completed all requirements but for the Oral Exam.

You are not required to take a full course load every quarter, but taking a reduced load during Autumn Quarter may put you at a competitive disadvantage for fellowship consideration. It is difficult for the fellowship committee to assess your scholastic performance if you have taken only a course or two. Nearly all students finish this degree in two years (6-7 academic quarters). If you do not carry a full load in your first year, it may affect your ability to finish within two years. You should start your language studies as soon as possible. Many students finish in less than 5 quarters.

You can be considered through the International and Area Studies Fellowship application for most fellowships offered by the Jackson School. Application procedures will be announced in October; the application deadline is usually January 15, but it is a good idea to check the deadline well in advance. Awards are made in mid-April for the following summer and/or academic year. Specific questions concerning FLAS should be addressed to the Fellowships Coordinator, Robyn Davis (Thomson 126).

Faculty evaluations and grades earned at the UW are of particular importance to fellowship committees, so it is helpful to carry a full load of relevant courses and do well in them. It is important to make good progress toward your degree before applying, and you must continue this progress if you receive a JSIS fellowship.

For information on need-based financial aid, see (Student Financial Aid office).

The University has a large library system housed in many different buildings across all three campuses (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma). The reference section is on the ground level of the Suzzallo/Allen Library. This can be particularly helpful in searching for materials via on-line catalogue (the catalogue of the UW collection is not complete for pre-1979 works) or published indexes. The East Asia Library is in Gowen Hall and the Gallagher Law Library is in William H. Gates Hall. Branch libraries also contain China-related resources.

The Jackson School Graduate Student Council (JSGC) has been successful on several occasions in applying for funds for computers and equipment. Thanks to these efforts, there are 9 workstations and two printers in the JSIS Basement Annex, and four workstations, a printer and an email terminal on the third floor in the Graduate Reading Room. You may use the printers after paying a quarterly fee to JSGC for paper and supplies. Jackson School graduate students also may borrow one of the three laptop computers. To check these out, or if you have any technical or software problems with the computers in either of the Jackson School computer labs, contact the Jackson School’s computer specialist, Mark Haslam, at The computer specialist’s office is in Thomson 407.

The University’s Computing Resource Center is in Mary Gates Hall. Information about this and other computer labs can be found on the Web at These labs offer word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics applications, and access to the Internet. The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) in Savery 145 offers consultation on computer services for social science students, which includes all JSIS students.

The Jackson School Graduate Student Council was formed to promote better communication among programs. Over the years, in addition to its success with funding equipment, JSGC has greatly improved the facilities in the Graduate Reading Room and organized several social gatherings for the whole school.
JSGC seeks representatives from each of the graduate programs to serve on this Council. The group meets periodically throughout the year.

The Jackson School’s 15 degree programs, including China Studies, offer a wide range of colloquiums and symposia featuring JSIS faculty members and guest speakers. Graduate students are encouraged to attend these events. Announcements are usually posted both in Thomson Hall and in the Jackson School Calendar of Events on the Web at The calendar will be sent to you via the jsisgrads email list. The calendar is updated and e-mailed weekly.


DANIEL ABRAMSON, PhD Tsinghua University (1998) Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Design; Transnational comparative aspects of urban design, historic preservation and neighborhood planning; physical, social and cultural transformation of Chinese cities.
ANN S. ANAGNOST, PhD Michigan (1985) Professor, Anthropology; Chinese anthropology, ethnography of the state
DAVID BACHMAN, PhD Stanford (1984) Professor, International Studies; Chinese politics and foreign policy
LUKE BERGMANN, PhD University of Minnesota (2012) Assistant Professor, Geography, connections between global political economy and carbon emissions, land use and the evolution of disease
NYAN-PING BI, PhD Indiana (2000) Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language
WILLIAM G. BOLTZ, PhD California-Berkeley (1974) Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; classical Chinese, philology, script, textual criticism, mythology
YOMI BRAESTER, PhD Yale (1997) Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Adjunct, Asian Languages and Literature; modern Chinese literature, film, literary criticism and theory of art
YUQING CAO PhD Washington (in progress) Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language and comparative literature
KAM WING CHAN, PhD Toronto (1990) Professor, Geography; China and Third World, urban, economic geography
IAN CHAPMAN, PhD, Princeton (2007) Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Religion and culture in medicine China
MADELEINE YUE DONG, PhD California-San Diego (1996) Professor, International Studies and History; modern Chinese history
PATRICIA EBREY, PhD Columbia (1975) Professor, History; premodern Chinese social and cultural history, especially Song Dynasty
R. KENT GUY, PhD Harvard (1981) Professor Emeritus, International Studies and History; late imperial Chinese history
GARY G. HAMILTON, PhD Washington (1975) Professor, International Studies and Sociology; East Asian organizations, greater China, overseas Chinese
CHRIS HAMM, PhD California-Berkeley (1999) Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language and vernacular fiction
ZEV HANDEL, PhD California-Berkeley (1998) Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language, historical phonology, Chinese dialectology, Tibeto-Burman languages
STEVAN C. HARRELL, PhD Stanford (1974) Professor, Anthropology; Chinese anthropology and society
LISA HOFFMAN PhD California-Berkeley (2000) Associate Professor, Urban Studies, Tacoma Campus; urbanism and globalization (especially in Asia), subjectivity, governmentality, gender, and power
JEFF HOU, PhD UC Berkeley (2001) Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, and Public Art
DAVID R. KNECHTGES, PhD Washington (1968) Professor Emeritus, Asian Languages and Literature; Han and Six Dynasties literature, fu, Wen xuan, Chinese literary history, classical prose
WILLIAM R. LAVELY, PhD Michigan (1982) Professor, International Studies and Sociology; Chinese demography and society
ZHI LIN MFA U. London (1992) Professor, School of Art; painting and drawing
MATTHEW MOSCA, Ph.D. Harvard (2008). Assistant Professor of History and International Studies; Late Imperial Chinese history.
DEBORAH PORTER, PhD Princeton (1989) Associate Professor, International Studies; Chinese languages and literature, cosmogony, archaeoastronomy, paleography
QING SHEN, PhD University of California-Berkeley (1993) professor, Urban Design and Planning; urban economics and transportation planning
KYOKO TOKUNO PhD California-Berkeley (1994) Senior Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies; Buddhist studies
JAMES TWEEDIE PhD Iowa (2002) Associate Professor, Literature; Chinese cinema, globalization and cinema, cultural studies, and visual culture
HONGYAN, NEWTON Lecturer; Chinese Language
HAICHENG WANG Ph D Princeton (2007) Assistant Professor, School of Art; origins of the Chinese writing system, ancient Chinese bells of the Western Zhou period
PING WANG. Ph.D. University of Washington (2006), Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature. Chinese literature.
SASHA SU-LING WELLAND PhD California-Santa Cruz (2005) Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women Studies; Gender, feminist ethnography, oral history, anthropology of art, visual/expressive culture; China, East Asia, Asian America
KAR-YIU WONG PhD Columbia (1983) Professor, Economics; international trade; international economics
SUSAN WHITING, PhD Michigan (1995) Associate Professor, Political Science and International Studies; Chinese politics
ANAND YANG, PhD University of Virginia (1976) Professor, International Studies and History; China-India comparative history and relations
LIPING YU MA LSU (1998) Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language and linguistics
ANNE YUE-HASHIMOTO, PhD Ohio State (1966) Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Chinese language, linguistics, dialectology and grammar
DONGSHENG ZANG S.J.D. Harvard (2004) Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law; Chinese law, comparative law, international trade

See for fuller details, and for contact information


Graduate Program Advisor
Paula Milligan
THO 116

Academic Services Office
THO 111

Director of Academic Services
Wolfram Latsch
THO 111

Careers/Internship Director
John Charlton
THO 208

FLAS Coordinator
Robyn Davis
THO 126

China Studies Program Coordinator
Curtis Reed
THO 308

Jackson School Computer Specialist
Mark Haslam
THO 407

CSSCR (Soc. Sci. Computing) 
SAV 145

Computing Resource Center
MGH 131

(extension to all emails:


  • Language Requirement
    Completion of third-year Chinese or second-year Heritage Chinese at this University or equivalent proficiency.
  • Required Core Courses

    JSIS A 521-522 (5 credits each) completed first year.
  • Other Course Work

    26 credits taken from at least two different departments other than Asian Languages and Literature. A maximum of two courses not specifically focused on China may be taken, with the GPC’s permission. At least 8 credits must be at the 500 or 600 level.
  • Final Papers and Oral Exam

    Students select a Supervisory Committee to oversee both an oral exam and the writing of either two research papers or a thesis


Error processing SSI file
African Studies Program
University of Washington
326 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Joel Ngugi / Chair
Associate Professor, School of Law

Mary Kay Gugerty/Adjunct Director
Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

Error processing SSI file