Graduate Degree Programs
MA International Studies Japan
Program Description – Japan Studies
The Japan Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that provides concentrated Japanese language and area training. The core curriculum is offered through the Jackson School and is supplemented by numerous classes on Japan in Political Science, History, Literature, Linguistics, Art, Art History, Architecture, Law, and Business. This opportunity for well-rounded study is enhanced by specialized training in areas of individual interest, allowing students to develop their academic skills and to pursue their professional goals.
The MAIS degree in Japan Studies gives students in-depth knowledge of many facets of Japan and familiarity with Japanese society and culture. Coursework helps prepare students for careers in business, government, journalism, secondary-school teaching, and a variety of other professional fields. The Japan Studies Master’s program is specifically designed for students with BAs who need language and interdisciplinary training on Japan to pursue their career goals, as well as for preparation for PhD work in an academic discipline involving Japan for students who have had little or no training on Japan or in the language. The MAIS in Japan Studies may also be pursued concurrently with a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Public Affairs. Japan Studies MAIS students are encouraged to explore the QUAL Initiative to expand qualitative research design and methods in their graduate training.
Because of the crucial importance of language skills in understanding Japan, students in the Japan Studies program are strongly encouraged to study Japanese to as advanced a level as possible.
Variety and depth are added to regular coursework by Japan Colloquia and by occasional special symposia, where recent research findings and discussions of significant contemporary topics are presented by specialists from the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. The program strives to offer students the opportunity to study all aspects of Japan—through the number and variety of courses offered, the research activities of faculty members, Japan Colloquia, and in the fact that the most important academic journal in the field, The Journal of Japanese Studies, is published here at the University of Washington. These contribute further to the intellectual environment of the program, giving students the benefit of learning about research done by scholars at the forefront of the Japan field.
The University of Washington has a long-standing commitment to the study of Japan, and its programs on East Asia are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Japan-related curricula are offered in many of the University’s departments and professional schools. Similarly active programs focusing on other world regions make the University of Washington a rich environment for study and enable students to gain a comparative international perspective.
Applicants must meet the basic Graduate School requirements, 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 submission of 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. At least one year of prior training in Japanese language is strongly recommended. Applicants to concurrent degrees must also meet all application requirements and deadlines for the MBA program in the Business School or the MPA program in Public Policy and Governance.
All students must complete at least 52 credits in addition to fulfilling the language requirement. Generally, this program is completed within two years. Concurrent programs require at least three years. Those enrolled concurrently in other programs must meet the requirements of both the other program and Japan Studies; however, some course work is counted for both degrees.
Students must attain competency in the Japanese language through at least the third-year level. This competency may be demonstrated either by results from the UW proficiency test or through coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to take language throughout their studies at the University of Washington. Those who enter the program with proficiency beyond the third-year level may continue language study through classes in fourth-year and classical Japanese, or a variety of literature courses based on Japanese-language texts. Summer courses in intensive language training are offered at lower levels only.
- JSIS A 555 Introduction to Modern Japanese Studies (5 credits) Introduction to the study of Japan, analysis of primary and secondary materials, and writing.
- One modern Japanese history course (5 cr.) chosen from JSIS A/HSTAS 423/History of Modern Japan, JSIS A/HSTAS 424/Emergence of Postwar Japan, or JSIS 584/HSTAS 521H/Modern Japanese History.
Minimum of 15 credits of course work chosen from an approved list
|JSIS 483||Asian Regionalism (5)|
|JSIS 584||Hiroshima and Nagasaki (5)|
|JSIS 584/HSTAS 521*||Modern Japanese History (5)|
|JSIS A/HSTAS 423*||History of Modern Japan (5)|
|JSIS A/HSTAS 424*||Emergence of Postwar Japan (5)|
|JSIS A/POL S 435||Japanese Government and Politics (5)|
|JSIS A 536/POL S 429||Political Parties in Japan and East Asia (5)|
|JSIS A 537POL S 424||International Relations in Japan (5)|
|JSIS A 449/ANTH 443||Anthropology of Japan (5)|
|JSIS A 539/HSTAS 540||Japanese History in Ecological Perspective (5)|
|JSIS A/LAW B 540||Japanese Law (4)|
|JSIS A 543||Japan, U.S., and New Orders in Asia (5)|
|JSIS A 548||National Security of Japan (5)|
|JSIS A 551/POL S 539||International Relations of NE Asia (5)|
|JSIS A 581/I BUS 561||Science, Technology, Innovation Policy in Japan (5)|
|JSIS A 573||Political Economy of Postwar Japan (5)|
|JSIS A 574||Civil Society in Japan and East Asia (5)|
|JSIS A 577||Political Economy of Japan and NE Asia (5)|
|JSIS A 578/I BUS 562||Japan Business and Technology (5)|
|JSIS A 587/POL S 418||Japanese Trade Politics (5)|
*If not taken as the required Japanese history course
27 credits of elective course work chosen from approved lists,* including at least 18 credits at 500 or 600 level. Up to 15 credits from advanced Japanese-language courses may be counted toward these 27 additional credits.
|ARCH 441||Visions of the Japanese House (3)|
|ARCH 453/ART H 419||Japanese Architecture (3)|
|ART H 420||Art of the Japanese Print (3)|
|ART H 421||Topics in Art and Visual Cultures: Japan (5)|
|ART H 515||Seminar in Japanese Art (5)|
|ASIAN 498||Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (5)|
|ASIAN 503||Seminar on Japanese 2nd Language Acquisition (5)|
|JSIS 483/ARCH 498||Asian Cities: History, Theory, Practice (3)|
|JSIS 584||Alternative Japan (5)|
|JSIS 584||Education, Work, and Family in Japan (5)|
|JSIS 584||Japan’s Changing Generations (5)|
|JSIS 584||Media and Popular Culture in Japan (5)|
|JSIS 584||Religion in Japan (5)|
|JSIS 594||International and Area Studies (2)|
|JSIS D/LAW B 549||Government Regulation of Business in Japan (3)|
|JSIS 600||Independent Study or Research (Maximum 5 credits)|
|Maximum of 15
credits chosen from:
|JAPAN 405||History of the Japanese Language (5)|
|JAPAN 421-23||Fourth-year Japanese (5-5-5)|
|JAPAN 428||Advanced Oral Communication (3)|
|JAPAN 429||Advanced Writing in Japanese (3)|
|JAPAN 431-33||Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5-5-5)|
|JAPAN 434||Seminar in Premodern Japanese Literature (5)|
|JAPAN 435||Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature (5)|
|JAPAN 440||Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (5)|
|JAPAN 460||Topics in Japanese Culture (5)|
|JAPAN 471||Introduction to Classical Japanese (5)|
|JAPAN 472-73||Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5-5)|
|JAPAN 505||Kambun (5)|
|JAPAN 531-33||Adv. Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5-5-5)|
|JAPAN 561||No and Kyogen (5)|
|JAPAN 580||Development of Modern Japanese Fiction (5)|
|JAPAN 590||Seminar in Japanese Literature (5)|
|JSIS C 547||Readings on Japan in the Social Sciences (5)|
Final Papers and Oral Exam
Students take an Oral Exam after having completed two research papers or an Essay of Distinction.
The University of Washington’s Japan collection is one of the most important of its kind in the nation. The East Asia Library and the Gallagher Law Library together house over 140,000 volumes of Japanese-language materials. The libraries on campus maintain an up-to-date collection of English- and European-language works in the humanities, social sciences, and art and a good collection of prewar and nineteenth-century books and periodicals.