Korea Studies MAIS Handbook

First Things First

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) houses many academic programs; the Korea Studies program is one of them. The variety of 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 the Graduate Lounge, in Thomson 311. Be sure to check it regularly for materials not sent via e-mail. Aside from being a good place to study or meet other students, the Graduate Lounge features 5 computers and a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. Please see the Graduate Program Adviser for the entry code for the lounge.

The Academic Services office is in Thomson 111. Check the bulletin boards across the hall for information on visiting speakers, film series, etc. Other resources available in the Academic Services office include announcements for internships and job openings. If you have specific questions regarding these announcements, contact the career and internship adviser, Alison Wattles.

Advising and Resources
Program Guidelines
Degree Requirements Final Papers Oral Exams
Applying to Graduate Program Procedures for Finishing On-Leave Status
Fellowship Applications and Financial Aid Libraries and Other Resources

Advising and Resources

Clark Sorensen Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) Clark Sorensen, Thomson 421, sangok@uw.edu

The GPC is the faculty adviser for the first year of the program and will help students determine a suitable faculty mentor for the second year. Students should meet with their faculty adviser at least once a quarter. By the fourth quarter in the program, students should establish a Supervisory Committee to advise completing the final requirements of the program.


Graduate Program Manager (GPA) Rebecca Alhadeff

THO 116, ralhadef@uw.edu

The GPA guides students and provides advice on procedures and requirements for graduating from the Jackson School. For quick questions, students may stop by during drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 10 am to noon or Thursdays from 2-4 pm. Appointments are made here.

Young Sook Lim Korea Studies Associate Director Young Sook Lim, Thomson 431, yslim@uw.edu

Once you have set up your UW email, be sure to e-mail Young Sook Lim so that you can be put on the Korea Studies email list. This will assure that you receive announcements of talks, courses and other events relevant to Korea Studies and/or East Asia in general.

Kristi Roundtree East Asia Center Managing Director Kristi Roundtree, Thomson 301A, barnesk@uw.edu

The East Asia Center arranges for speakers, colloquia, and other on campus events for graduate students. Additionally, it is an excellent resource for information on language programs and fellowship opportunities.

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies JSIS FLAS/Fellowship Coordinator Robyn Davis, Thomson 126, rldavis@uw.edu

Every autumn the FLAS Coordinator organizes FLAS information sessions for students ahead of the winter application deadline, which usually falls in mid-January. She is also available to meet with students in person and will answer questions via email about applying for and receiving FLAS fellowships.

hyi Korea Studies Librarian Hyokyoung YiGowen 336, hkyi@uw.edu

The University of Washington has one of the best collections of Korea related materials in the country. Materials are housed in many different buildings across campus. Hyokyoung specializes in the Korea related collections housed at the university, including the vast digital resources. Hyokyoung is willing to meet with students to provide introductions to Korea related collections and resources, customize and tailor research inquiries, and provide general guidance on graduate student research.

Alison Wattles JSIS Career Services & Alumni Relations Alison WattlesThomson 124, awattles@uw.edu

The Career Services Office organizes events on campus with employers, as well as provides support for students seeking internships and preparing to enter the job market upon completion of their degree. Appointments can be made here.

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies JSIS Computer Specialist, Mark HaslamThomson Hall 407, jsishelp@uw.edu

For technical or software problems with the computers in the Jackson School, contact Mark.

You should meet with the GPA 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.

In your second year in the program, you should establish a Supervisory Committee of at least two graduate faculty members to advise you in completing the final requirements of your program.

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.

Program 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. Please also keep in mind the Jackson School’s Satisfactory Progress and Performance Policies for Master’s Students.

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 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 and JSIS A 585

There is some flexibility, however, in the order in which you take them. While the Korea Studies Program normally does not accept course work at other universities as equivalent to any required course, with written permission of the GPC, the program may accept course work at other universities as equivalent to a required course.

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 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.

Recommended Courses

Korean 435

Korean 531

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. 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 Advisor) 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 one credit 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 and obtain the GPC’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 the office of one of your committee members, but if it is necessary to schedule a room, you can indicate this on your form and a room will be arranged for you.

The GPA 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 the GPA 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.

On-Leave Status

From the Graduate School’s “General Graduate Policies” page:

“Graduate students are required to maintain graduate status during their program of study. Failure to maintain this status requires reinstatement to the University of Washington. 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. For complete details regarding the on-leave policy, refer to Graduate School Memorandum 9.”

If you fail to register for any quarter (except Summer Quarter) without having gone on leave, you will lose your status as a student and will have to reapply to the UW Graduate School and the Korea Studies program.

Registration and Planning Your Course Schedule

Registration for classes begins in the middle of the preceding quarter (middle of Spring Quarter for Autumn). East Asia and International Studies course descriptions for the upcoming quarter are available on the Academic Services website prior to each registration period. Course information also is available on the East Asia Studies 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.

Taking Courses Outside the Requirements

You may take courses that do not fulfill program requirements. Comparative study is encouraged, and classes which do not meet Korea 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.

Courses Not to Take

Do not register for any course numbered 499/Undergraduate Independent Study, unless you are using it for language credit. This will not count for graduate credit. Graduate Independent Study is numbered 600.

Number of Credits Per Quarter

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 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.

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.

Fellowship Applications and Financial Aid

You can be considered for most fellowships offered through the Jackson School by applying through the JSIS Fellowship Application. This application is on-line and procedures will be announced in October or November; the application deadline is usually January 31st. Awards are made in mid-April for the following summer and/or academic year. Specific questions concerning fellowships, including FLAS should be addressed to the Fellowship Director, Robyn Davis, in Academic Services. Faculty evaluations and grades earned at the UW are of particular importance to JSIS 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.

Library and Other Resources

The University of Washington Libraries is a large library system housed in many different buildings across all three campuses (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma). English materials about Korea are mainly housed in Suzzallo and Allen Libraries while Korean language materials are located in the East Asia Library. The East Asia Library is in Gowen Hall and the Gallagher Law Library is in William H. Gates Hall; other branch libraries also contain East Asia related resources.

Computer Resources

In addition to the computers in the Graduate Reading Room (THO 311. Information about the University’s technology spaces can be found at on the UW IT Connect website. The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) in Savery 110 offers consultation on computer services and programs for social science students, which includes all JSIS students.

Jackson School Events

The Jackson School’s 15 degree programs, including Korea 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 in Thomson Hall and in the Jackson School Calendar of Events. You can subscribe by email to this calendar at no cost by posting a message to: jsis@u.washington.edu. The calendar is updated and information about it is emailed weekly.