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Master of Arts Degree
The Master of Arts program in Southeast Asian Studies offers students a framework within which to carry out the interdisciplinary study of the peoples and nations of insular and mainland Southeast Asia¯Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philppines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Loro’sae, and Viet Nam. The curriculum combines training in one or more Southeast Asian languages with study of various aspects of modern and classical Southeast Asian civilizations. The University has a distinguished faculty of scholars who provide instruction in diverse areas of Southeast Asian studies, offering a rich variety of courses on these topics.
Students in the Master’s Degree program in Southeast Asian Studies may specialize in language, drama, ethno-musicology, literature, or cinema, or may concentrate in any field of social scientific application including anthropology, history, geography, political science, or sociology. Students must take courses from at least two different departments during their course of study.
The University’s Southeast Asia program offers special strengths in ethnomusicology, film, history, anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies and marine affairs, political science, sociology, cultural studies, science and technology studies, postcolonial theory, and women studies. Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, Khmer and Vietnamese are regularly taught on campus, and other Southeast Asian languages, including Burmese, can be studied by special arrangement.
Southeast Asian Studies graduates have gone on to graduate programs in various academic disciplines, as well as careers in government service, journalism, teaching, research, marine affairs, international trade, and international development.
-Laurie J. Sears
Chair, Southeast Asian Studies
Applicants must meet the basic requirements set by the Graduate School which include a 3.00 grade point average for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) graded credits, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and test results from the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants must also meet all application requirements and deadlines set by the Jackson School and described in its application guidelines. Meeting minimum standards, however, does not ensure admission. Previous training in a Southeast Asian language, and experience in Southeast Asia is desirable, but not required.
All students must complete a minimum of 36 credits, not including language. The expectation is that students will complete this degree within two years. The components of the degree are as follows:
Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to completion of the third year in a Southeast Asian language. Beginning, intermediate and advanced Southeast Asian languages are taught during the academic year, and the Southeast Asia program can provide further information on summer language study.
Students must complete at least 21 credits in course work from at least two different departments. Most of this course work should be focused primarily on Southeast Asia, or in courses taught by Southeast Asia Faculty on topics relevant to specializations the student has chosen. Students may take a maximum of 5 credits in courses that are not focused on Southeast Asia, nor taught by Southeast Asia Faculty, but help to fulfill disciplinary or professional objectives. All courses are planned with the program advisor to ensure that program goals are met.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
Students have the option of completing either a thesis or non-thesis MA degree. For the thesis option, the student will submit a thesis to a committee of at least two including the MA advisor. The student and the committee will agree on the content, methods, and length of the thesis. Students may also choose not to write an MA thesis, in which case two seminar papers, a documentary film or other original artistic creation, or an original theater production will be required. This requirement must be designed in consultation with and agreed upon by the MA adviser and approved by a committee of at least two including the MA adviser.
Application Instructions: http://jsis.washington.edu/advise/graduate/app_procedures.shtml
For additional information on the Master of Arts Degree in Southeast Asian Studies please contact Prof. Rick Bonus, Graduate Program Director.
For more information on graduate programs in the Jackson School of International Studies: http://jsis.washington.edu/advise/graduate/
Helpful Links to Prospective Students:
|Southeast Asia Center|
|University of Washington|
|303 Thomson Hall|
|Seattle, WA 98195|
|(206) 543-9606 tel|
|(206) 685-0668 fax|
|Laurie Sears, Director|
|Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies|
|Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director|
|Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator|
|Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator|
|Mary Barnes, Program Assistant|
|Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant|