Chinese Studies, Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The Institute of Asian Studies was established in 1959, and currently is an academic entity within the St. John's College of Arts and Sciences. The main goal for all programs at the Institute of Asian Studies is to foster, facilitate and enhance a global, multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual education at St John's University.

The general objectives for all programs at the Institute are not only to offer programs leading to a B.A. degree, M.A. degree or certificate, but more importantly to foster, facilitate and enhance a comprehensive and critical study of the development of the Asian World, both as a whole and as individual societies, culturally and linguistically.

Courses in humanity and social sciences, such as history, literature, philosophy, religion, society, politics, etc., are offered. Language courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean are offered in various levels. The M.A. programs  (M.A. in Chinese Studies and M.A. in East Asian Studies) also seek to provide intensive knowledge of the field and experience in the critical use of sources and in the presentation of research.

Department Contact
Bernadette Y. Li, Director
Institute of Asian Studies
Sun Yat Sen Hall Room 20
Queens, NY 11439

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Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

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Additional Information

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to full-time students on the basis of academic achievement and/or foreign language proficiency. In addition to holding research responsibilities, assistants are instrumental in assisting faculty in their teaching and research interests.
The Institute also awards five kinds of scholarships annually or per semester to the students at the Institute:

a. the Dr. and Madame H. K'ung Scholarship,
b. the Ta-lin and Han-lee Award,
c. the Ju Nan Wu Scholarship,
d. the Dr. Tingfu and Mrs. Nadline F. Tsiang Scholarship,
e. the Pearl Tsai, Alfred Tsai and David Choy Scholarship.

Contact the Director of the Institute for more information:
Office: Sun Yat-Sen Hall, Room 37B
Telephone: 718-990-6582
Fax: 718-990-1881

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