East Asian Library at WashU

Graduate Program

About our graduate programs

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures provides a limited number of highly qualified graduate students with the opportunity to pursue intensive programs of study in Chinese and Japanese in six distinct programs:

  • MA in Chinese
  • MA in Japanese
  • PhD in Chinese Language and Literature
  • PhD in Japanese Language and Literature
  • PhD in Chinese and Comparative Literature
  • PhD in Japanese and Comparative Literature

The goal of these programs is to produce scholars well-trained in their chosen languages, firmly grounded in the linguistic and literary traditions they are studying, and thoroughly conversant with critical discourses (indigenous and western) relevant to their fields. In the completion of these programs at the PhD level, candidates have extended first-hand exposure to the modern societies whose languages, literatures, and cultures they study and significant teaching experience in both the language and the literature classroom.

Current WashU seniors may qualify for the Accelerated AB/AM program.

If you are interested in the East Asian Studies MA program, please see the East Asian Studies website.

The East Asian Library

Graduate students in EALC benefit from having a world-class East Asian studies library in the building next door. Pictured above, WashU's East Asian Library is one of the best places to study on campus. The Washington University Libraries began the regular purchases of major Chinese and Japanese materials in 1963. Housed in a beautiful, historic building, the collection includes 165,244 volumes of books and bound serials, including 105,431 volumes in Chinese, 57,603 volumes in Japanese, and 4,210 volumes in Korean, and 800 volumes in special collections.

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Chinese graduate study

Pursue graduate work in Chinese language and literature at WashU in one of our rigorous programs: the MA in Chinese, the PhD in Chinese language and literature, or the joint PhD in Chinese and comparative literature. Our Chinese literature faculty are internationally-recognized experts in the fields of premodern poetry, religious and women’s writings, narrative and dramatic literature of the late imperial period, and modern and contemporary literature from all parts of greater China. Our research areas include book culture, gender questions, popular culture, translation theory and practice, and globalization and cosmopolitanism.

Learn more about graduate work in Chinese at WashU

applying to our programs

The application deadline is January 1

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Japanese graduate study

The Japanese section of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures provides a limited number of highly qualified graduate students with the opportunity to pursue intensive programs of study leading to the MA in Japanese, the PhD in Japanese language and literature, and the joint PhD in Japanese and comparative literature.

The goal of these programs is to produce scholars well-trained in Japanese language, firmly grounded in the linguistic and literary traditions, and thoroughly conversant with critical discourses (indigenous and western) relevant to their fields. Students who complete the program at the PhD level, candidates have extended first-hand exposure to the modern societies whose languages, literatures, and cultures they study and significant teaching experience in both the language and the literature classroom.

Learn more about Japanese graduate study at WashU

PhD Program Certificates

Available to doctoral students, four graduate certificate programs offered in conjunction with other departments and programs allow students to enhance their ability to teach broadly and the interdisciplinary quality of their research. Students pursuing a certificate must consult the departments and advisers about credit sharing between the programs.

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Have questions? Reach out to Krystel Mowery for more information.

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