How is the Undergraduate Course of Study Different from the Standard History Major?

Students admitted to the program will take up to four courses (12 credits) that will count for both degrees, speeding time to completion of the M.A. degree. Students admitted to the program spend Years 1, 2 and 3 in undergraduate courses like their peers; Year 4, however, will be a combination of undergraduate courses plus graduate courses, followed by full-time graduate study from year 5. Total time to complete the M.A. degree will take one or more years after the B.A. requirements are completed, depending largely on the intensity of the student’s study of an East Asian language.

Required courses for the History Major are unchanged, and the degree requirements for the M.A. are the same as for students who go through the ordinary admission process. For detailed specifics, see the History Major description and that for the East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary M.A. In brief, students in the M.A. program must do language work in each semester of enrollment, take Introduction to Graduate Level East Asian Studies in each semester of enrollment, and prepare a cohesive major field and a secondary field. The sample programs provided here [pdf] illustrate the ways that a student might fulfill requirements of both degrees. Note that both B.A. and M.A. programs provide considerable flexibility and options are available to create highly individualized courses of study.

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