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Korea Studies

GUIDELINES
       
Language Requirement
       
Required Core Courses
       
Other Course Work Requirements
       
Final Degree Requirements
       
Final Papers
       
Oral Exam
APPLYING TO GRADUATE
PROGRAM PROCEDURES FOR FINISHING
REGISTRATION AND PLANNING YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE
KOREA STUDIES FACULTY

 


GUIDELINES

Familiarize yourself with both the Korea 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 you must be certain to satisfy both sets of requirements to graduate.

 
Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)

Professor Clark Sorensen is both the Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for Korea Studies. As the GPC, Professor Sorensen serves as your faculty adviser. You should meet with the GPC at least once a quarter. As you review the program requirements and guidelines, you will find that some actions on your part need written approval from the GPC. This approval should be in writing and placed in your file in the JSIS Student Services Office.

Language Requirement
Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to the completion of 3rd-year level in Korean language. Korean language courses are offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Language study is an essential part of the program. We would like you to achieve the highest level of proficiency in Korean as is possible while you are here Those starting with first-year Korean are strongly advised to consider a summer intensive program, either before beginning the Korea Studies program or between the first and second years, in such cases.

Before you register for Korean, you will have to complete a placement or proficiency examination. See the Asian Languages and Literature website (http://depts.washington.edu/asianll/course_info/placement.html) for more information about how to register for this exam. If your class is already full, have your name placed on a waiting list in Asian Languages and Literature and identify yourself as a Jackson School Korea Studies graduate student.
If you are beyond third-year Korean, in addition to taking advanced reading courses in Korean, you might want to consider taking another Asian language through Asian Languages and Literature. Chinese and Japanese classes fill up very early.


Required Core Courses

The four required courses that you must take are: 
HSTAS 482                   JSIS A 566
        JSIS A 584*                  JSIS A 585
There is some flexibility, however, in the order in which you take them. Note that we do not accept course work at other universities as equivalent to any of our required courses. 
 
*For Korea Studies Master’s students beginning the program Autumn 2012, JSIS A 448/ANTH 448 should be taken instead of JSIS A 584, in Autumn quarter 2012.
If you wish to take some of the more advanced Korean History courses, it would be good to take HSTAS 481 and 482 first. For this reason, these two courses are usually taken in the first year, but they can be taken in the second year.  
 
JSIS_A 584 (JSIS A 448 if taken Autumn 2012) is the prerequisite to JSIS_A 585. Through JSIS_A 585, you will produce a major research paper which you will use as one of the papers you present for your oral exam. It is, therefore, best to take this course in your second year, after you have completed most of your other course work. Because JSIS_A 585 usually is offered Winter Quarter and JSIS_A 584 is usually offered Autumn Quarter, JSIS_A 584 should be taken in your first year. 

Korea Studies graduate students are expected to maintain a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. Grades for course work must be at least 3.0.
 

Other Course Work Requirements

As this program emphasizes the study of Korea in the context of East Asian civilization and the modern world economy, not simply as a single country in isolation from its neighbors, course work in this area does not have to focus solely on Korea. Courses on China and Japan are relevant to understanding Korea as are courses offered by the general International Studies program, so you are encouraged to take them to fulfill this requirement.
 
Course work used to fulfill this requirement may be offered by other departments such as History, Political Science, and Economics. You do not have to take Jackson School courses only. This is an interdisciplinary program and you are encouraged to take courses from a variety of disciplines. Language training classes cannot be utilized to fulfill this requirement, but courses in literature are allowed.
 
To complete this requirement, which is only 15 credits, you could potentially take as few as three 5-credit courses. We encourage you, though, to take more. There is a wealth of courses offered on East Asia as well as in the general area of International Studies and you should take this opportunity to take as many of them as is possible while you are here.  

Of the 15 credits needed for this requirement, 7 must be at the 500-level or above. You can take 300-level courses not prefixed JSIS A, but only with the written approval from the GPC. A preferable option would be to take the 300-level course as Graduate Independent Study* at the 600 level, making a contract with the instructor to do the work required for the class plus some extra work to meet graduate standards. The Graduate School will not allow 300-level courses to count toward the 36 credit minimum, so if you are taking a 300-level course, you may want to meet with the GPA to make sure you will have enough credits to graduate.
 

Final Degree Requirements

Students must take an oral exam after completing either two research papers or an Essay of Distinction. Your committee must consist of at least two faculty members, at least one of whom is a member of the Korea Program faculty. 

Final Papers

Most students write two research papers. If you think you would like to write an Essay of Distinction, consult the GPC first. An Essay of Distinction should utilize resources written in Korean and be equivalent to a thesis.

The final papers should originate from courses you have taken. The research paper produced in JSIS A 585 is normally used as one of these papers and could be expanded into an Essay of Distinction. Whichever option you choose, you are required to rewrite your paper(s) based on comments from your instructor(s).

In order that your Supervisory Committee has time to review your paper(s) before your oral exam, you should give each committee member a copy of both of your research papers or your essay one week before your oral. It is possible that you may be required to do further rewrites. If you are late in submitting your paper(s), you may find that instead of graduating in the quarter you planned, you have to register for another.


Oral Exam

Once the Supervisory Committee has approved your paper(s), you must take and pass your oral exam. This exam will be based on both your course work and your paper(s). Consult with both members of your Supervisory Committee about what to expect and how to prepare.


APPLYING TO GRADUATE

To graduate, you must apply through the Graduate School’s degree application website: http://www.grad.washington.edu/stsv/mastapp.htm. The application period commences the first day of the quarter of graduation.

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 departmental requirements.
If you do not finish in the quarter you applied to graduate, you will have to apply again. You must be registered for at least two credits in the quarter you graduate.
It is important for you to maintain your status as a student until you graduate. To do this, you must be registered for every quarter except Summer Quarter, or be formally on leave.


PROGRAM PROCEDURES FOR FINISHING

As you are approaching the completion of your paper(s), you will schedule your oral exam with your Supervisory Committee. Once the date and time are set, complete an Oral Exam Scheduling Form (available from the Graduate Program Adviser) and obtain Professor Sorensen’s signature. Then give it to the GPA. Oral exams for Korea Studies are usually scheduled the last week in the quarter. These exams often take place in Professor Sorensen’s office, but if it is necessary to schedule a room, you can indicate this on your form and a room will be arranged for you.
Paula Milligan will prepare your file for your oral exam. Be sure to make an appointment with her in the quarter before you plan to graduate, to make sure that you will meet Graduate School and program requirements and to review the procedures for finishing.
Prior to your oral exam, your file will be given to one of your committee members. In addition to providing a record of the work you have done in the program, your file will also contain your Oral Exam Completion Form and your Warrant for the Master’s Degree (a document generated as a result of your application for degree discussed above). Both of these documents must be signed by your committee members following successful completion of your oral exam, and will remain in your file. Signatures of your committee members will act as authorization for Paula to notify the Graduate School, once any contingencies are satisfied, that the department approves of your graduation and your graduation will be processed by the Graduate School.


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 and International Studies, which contain course descriptions for the upcoming quarter, are available in the Student Services office prior to each registration period. Course information also is available on the East Asia Studies following website.
As a continuing student you will be eligible to register in the first Registration Period. Registering early will help you enroll in the classes you want. Keep in mind that few classes relevant to the Korea Studies program are offered Summer Quarter.

 

KOREA STUDIES FACULTY

YONG-CHOOL HA, Korea Foundation Endowed Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
YONG-SUNG (JONATHAN) KANG, Assistant Professor, Law
SOOHEE KIM, Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature
JEONGYI LEE, Lecturer, Asian Languages an d Literature
HWASOOK NAM, James B. Palais Endowed Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies and Department of History.
CLARK SORENSEN, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; anthropology
HYOKYOUNG YI, Korea Bibliographer, East Asia Library

 


 

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