College of Arts & Sciences

Curriculum

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of Asian Studies for more than 50 years. In fact, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, published by The New York Times, recently cited the department for excellence in the quality of its faculty, as well as its programs.

MA in Asian Studies
Seton Hall’s Master of Arts in Asian Studies program consists of 36 credits (with a thesis) or 39 credits (without a thesis).

Degree requirements include:
A. Required Core Courses (21 credits)

     Credits
  Traditional East Asia 12 
  China (6 credits)
ASIA 6140
Survey of Chinese Civilization
3
   and one of the following:
 
ASIA 6141
Foundations of Chinese Civilization
3
ASIA 6142
Development of Chinese Civilization
3
ASIA 6143
Maturity of Chinese Civilization
3
  Japan (6 credits)
 
ASIA 6121
History and Culture of Japan I
3
ASIA 6122
History and Culture of Japan II
3
  Modern and Contemporary East Asia (6 credits)
 
ASIA 6145
Modern East Asia
3
ASIA 6146
Contemporary East Asia
3
  Research Methodology (3 credits)
 
ASIA 9111
Research Methods in Asian Studies
3

B. Elective Courses

Elective courses are chosen by the student, in consultation with the graduate adviser, to constitute an integrated program of study.

  • Non-thesis option: 18 credits
  • Thesis option: 15 credits

Students requesting faculty recommendations for PhD studies are required to write a thesis and register for the 3-credit Thesis Research course under the guidance of a thesis mentor.

Master of Arts (MA) in Asian Studies with a Track in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture

The department offers a new graduate component in the Master's in Asian Studies.  The program will prepare students to meet the Chinese content area requirement for a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE).  The curriculum includes courses in Chinese language, literature, history, civilization, Chinese linguistics, applied linguistics, and teaching methods. 

Upon successful completion of 39 credits, students will receive a Master of Arts in Asian Studies degree from Seton Hall University, and be qualified to enter an alternate route program through which they can earn a Certificate of Eligibility that leads to the New Jersey State teaching certificate.

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture:

A. Required Core Courses (24 Credits):

  Chinese Civilization (6 credits)
Credits
ASIA 6140
Survey of Chinese Civilization
3
   and one of the following:
 
ASIA 6141
Foundations of Chinese Civilization
3
ASIA 6142
Development of Chinese Civilization
3
ASIA 6143
Maturity of Chinese Civilization
3
  Chinese History (3 credits):
 
ASIA 6129
History of Republican China
3
ASIA 6130
History of Contemporary China
3
  Chinese Literature (3 credits):
 
CHIN 6115
Graduate Readings in Classical Chinese
3
CHIN 6117
Graduate Readings in Modern Chinese
3
CHIN 6125
Readings in 20th Century Literature
3
ASIA 6116
Modern Chinese Literature

  Linguistics (3 credits):
 
ASIA 7113
Chinese Linguistics
3
ASIA 7116
Applied Linguistics
3

Methods of Teaching Chinese/Japanese (3 Credits):

ASIA 7124
Methods for Teaching Chinese/Japanese
3

Research Methodology (3 Credits):

ASIA 9111
Research Methods in Asian Studies
3

Directed Studies Internship (3 Credits):

ASIA 9191
Directed studies
3

Total:  24

B. Elective Courses

Elective Courses will be chosen from the department's course offerings by the student, in conjunction with the graduate adviser, in order to constitute an integrated program of study.

Thesis option electives: 12 credits

Non-Thesis option elective: 15 credits

For a full list of course offerings and their descriptions, please see the 2009-10 Graduate Catalogue.

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Dongdong Chen

(973) 761-9465
Dongdong.Chen@shu.edu

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