University of Wisconsin, Madison Graduate Programs in Asian Studies

Department of East Asian Languages & Literature
1212 Van Hise
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-2291


Chinese M.A. Degree
The department attempts to maintain an informal scholarly atmosphere with close contact between students and teachers. A monthly Sinological Circle discussion meeting and the departmental Reading Room, which contains necessary basic research material, manifest this policy. Strong emphasis is placed upon scholarly methodology and research based upon linguistic, literary, philosophical, and philological expertise.
Chinese Literature M.A. Degree

The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Chinese literature. Professors Nicole Huang, and William H. Nienhauser, Jr., mentor students in most eras and genres of traditional and modern literature. Training is especially strong in close reading of texts, cultural studies, visual culture studies, philology, translation, and the application of modern Western theory. Nicole Huang specializes in twentieth-century Chinese literature, film, and popular culture. William Nienhauser emphasizes careful philological readings of early narrative and poetry in the context of relevant modern Western theory. Wang Ping focuses in early and medieval Chinese literature, especially Six Dynasties poetry. The faculty value close interaction with graduate students in research projects (Translation of Classical Literature Projects), through a Sinological Circle held in faculty homes in which faculty or graduate students present papers for discussion, followed by refreshments, and in regular informal discussions.

Japanese M.A. Degree

The department attempts to maintain an informal scholarly atmosphere with close contact between students and teachers. The departmental Reading Room contains basic research material and there is a strong East Asian collection at the Memorial Library.

Graduate students can choose to concentrate either in literature or linguistics. The program develops students’ expertise in both modern and classical Japanese language and literature, comparative applications of contemporary Western literary theory, Japanese linguistics, history of Japanese language and literature, and language pedagogy. A student who passes the M.A. at an appropriately high level will be eligible to enter the Ph.D. program.

Japanese Linguistics M.A. Degree

Our Japanese program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the few programs in the US that offer both the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics. With three professors who specialize in various subfields of Japanese linguistics, our program is particularly strong in areas such as functional linguistics, pragmatics, discourse / conversation analysis, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and language pedagogy. We aim at producing future educators / researchers of Japanese language and linguistics who have balanced interests and skills in both teaching and research.

Japanese Literature M.A. Degree

UW-Madison offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Japanese literature. Professors D’Etcheverry, Kern, and Ridgely train students in a variety of eras and genres, with particular strengths in Heian fiction and poetry, Tokugawa literature and popular culture, and the experimental, cross-media offerings of the postwar avant-garde. Our theoretical perspectives are equally eclectic: D’Etcheverry favors new historical explorations of text and audience, Kern works on the verbal-visual relation, and Ridgely prefers the insights of cultural studies. We consider this combination of intellectual flexibility and shared commitment to fundamentals to be one of the subtler strengths of our program. Students will leave our program conversant with several approaches to Japanese literature as well as a particular area of expertise.

Faculty Strengths/Institution Focuses:  
Primarily Chinese and Japanese Linguistics and Literature

GRE/GPA:  3.0
GRE averages of accepted applicants: Verbal :520
Quan: 668
A : 3.75