Asian Studies

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, March 15

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test; TOEFL for foreign nationals

Degrees

  • M.A.

Subjects

  • Asian Studies (M.A.)

Major concentrations

  • East Asian studies
  • South Asian studies
  • Southeast Asian studies

Minor concentrations

  • East Asian linguistics
  • South Asian linguistics
  • Southeast Asian linguistics

This program is designed for students whose career goals require only the M.A. degree, as well as for those who want to continue in a major Ph.D. field but do not have the necessary language or area background.

Asian languages currently taught at Cornell are Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Nepali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

East Asian studies. Proficiency in speaking and reading Chinese, Japanese, or Korean is required. Each candidate must complete one year of full-time study (normally four courses each semester) in Asian studies. Students who have some previous language training will be directed to courses at the appropriate level and may, if they are advanced enough, complete the M.A. degree requirements in as little as one academic year.

South Asian studies. Proficiency in one or more South Asian languages, usually the equivalent of three years of nonintensive study, is required. An intensive summer program in Nepali is currently offered each summer.

Southeast Asian studies. Proficiency in one or more Southeast Asian languages, usually the equivalent of three years of nonintensive language study, is required. Proficiency can be obtained in two academic years plus one summer, or in two summers and one academic year. In addition to language study, each M.A. degree candidate is expected to successfully complete a minimum of eight one-semester courses.

Asian studies is available as a minor field of concentration for master's or doctoral degree candidates admitted to a major field of the Graduate School. Candidates selecting a minor in Asian studies should discuss language requirements with their Special Committee. Major and minor work is also offered in the social sciences, history, literature, and religion.

Application:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the field's brochures to determine if their research and study interests parallel those of current field faculty members; brochures are available on request from the graduate field office. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Nicholas Admussen -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: contemporary Chinese literature, especially poetry and prose poetry, Chinese poetry tranlation
Warren Bailey -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: financial markets of Asia, in particular, Southeast Asia
Anne Blackburn -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asian religions; Buddhism in Sri Lanka; Sinhalese literature; nationalism and religious conflict; South Asian Islam
Daniel Boucher -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: history of Indian religions; Indian Buddhism; early Chinese Buddhism; Chinese translations of Buddhist texts; Central Asian Buddhism
Allen Carlson -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Chinese foreign policy; international relations; Chinese politics; Asian security
Thak Chaloemtiarana -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: government - Southeast Asia
Jian Chen -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Chinese foreign relations; Chinese-U.S. relations
Yun Jung (Ellie) Choi -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Korean literature, film, and history
Abigail Cohn -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian linguistics; Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Indonesian languages, particularly Indonesian, Sudanese, Madurese, Buginese; French
Brett de Bary -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: modern Japanese literature
Rochelle (Shelley) Feldman -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asian rural sociology
Magnus Fiskesjo -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: China/Southeast Asia borderlands; indigenous peoples; East and Southeast Asia archaeology; Neolithic and Bronze Age China
Arnika Fuhrmann -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Southeast Asian literature, film and gender studies with particular expertise on Thailand
Durba Ghosh -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: women and gender in South Asia; modern history of South Asia; historiography and postcolonial of South Asia
Daniel Gold -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asian religions
Edward Gunn -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: modern Chinese literature
Ronald Herring -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: government - South Asia
TJ Hinrichs -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: history and culture of pre-modern China; popular culture of modern China in historical perspective
Vivo profile David Holmberg -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asian anthropology
Janice Kanemitsu -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: pre-modern and early modern Japanese literature; Japanese theatre
Karim-Aly Kassam -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: bio-cultural diversity; indigenous cultures and change; climate change and its impacts; community economic development; gender analysis; human ecology
Mary Katzenstein -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: government; India; ethnicity
Sarosh Kuruvilla -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asia; economic development and industrial relations
Jane Marie Law -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Japanese religions
Tamara Loos -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Southeast Asian history
Barbara Lust -- Concentrations: South Asian linguistics; Research interests: language and speech, child development, studies in South Asian linguistics
Thomas Lyons -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: economic development and planning in China
Kathryn March -- Concentrations: South Asian linguistics; Research interests: South Asian anthropology
Larry McCrea -- Concentrations: Research interests: Sanskrit; South Asia religious and intellectual history, with particular interests in poetics and aesthetics; South Asia knowledge systems in the medieval and early modern periods
Kaja McGowan -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Indonesia; gender studies; colonialism; landscape
Robin McNeal -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; modern Japanese history; Chinese literary sources
Andrew Mertha -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: modern Chinese and Cambodian political institutions, politics and policies
Hirokazu Miyazaki -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: anthropology of knowledge; hope; utopia; culture of capitalism; social studies of finance; exchange; religious language; colonialism; law; material culture; Fiji; Japan
Viranjini Munasinghe -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: South Asia; anthropology
Victor Nee -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: sociology - China
An-Yi Pan -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; South Asian studies; Research interests: Manjusri cult and representations of the Bodhisattva in China
Thomas Pepinsky -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Southeast Asian politics; comparative politics; international political economy; authoritarianism; Islam
Annelise Riles -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: feminist anthropology; anthropology of science; ethnography; gender issues in the Pacific; enthographic subjects; anthropological theory; Fiji; Japan
Naoki Sakai -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Japanese literature
P. Steven Sangren -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Chinese anthropology
James Siegel -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Southeast Asian anthropology
Eric Tagliacozzo -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Southeast Asian studies and culture
Keith Taylor -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: Vietnamese studies
Ding Xiang Warner -- Concentrations: East Asian studies; Research interests: Chinese literature; Chinese poetry; Chinese translation
Marina Welker -- Concentrations: South Asian studies; Research interests: corporations and capitalism; internal development; global networks; non-governmental organizations; political economy; social theory; business history of Southeast Asia
John Whitman -- Concentrations: East Asian linguistics; Research interests: Japanese and Korean linguistics
Andrew Willford -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: sociocultural anthropology; ethnicity; globalization; Hinduism
Lindy Williams -- Concentrations: Southeast Asian studies; Research interests: social change and gender relations

Assessment Guidelines for the MA in Asian Studies

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop appropriate competence in an Asian language necessary for their research and/or applied objectives.
  2. Students will demonstrate significant knowledge of a particular humanistic. social-scientific, or applied area within a recognized Asian regional or national zone.
  3. Students will communicate effectively in written and spoken presentations.
  4. Students will uphold standards of academic integrity in their scholarly and/or applied research.

Assessment Criteria

Outcome #1  (Language competency)

  • Direct Measurements: Satisfactory completion of the second-semester of a third-year language course at Cornell or attestation by an appropriate Cornell faculty member of the student’s competency at that level.
  • Indirect measurements: participation and presentation at conferences using target languages; field projects in which an Asian language is successfully used; research papers drawing on primary materials.

Outcome #2 (Demonstration of Knowledge)

  • Direct Measurements: The master’s thesis content.
  • Indirect Measurements: successful completion of area courses; conference papers and publications.

Outcome #3 (Communication)

  • Direct Measurements:  the thesis document and its defense.
  • Indirect Measurements: classroom and conference presentations.

Outcome #4 (Academic Integrity)

  • Direct Measures: Number of infractions, appeals submitted to Academic Integrity Hearing Board.
  • Indirect Measures: Participation in ethics workshops; teaching evaluations (as applicable).