East Asian Cultural Studies, Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The program provides a comprehensive and critical study of the historical, social, economic, political and cultural developments of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. It also provides intensive knowledge of the field and experience in the critical use of sources and presentation of research.

Learning Objectives
The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of major scholarly theories including social, political and cultural developments, both historical and contemporary, in East Asian countries.

  • Succinctly describe and critically assess any of these theories.
  • Identify aspects of the theory better explained in alternative theories.

Demonstrate ability to critically assess scholarly analyses.

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of an analysis.
  • Analyze the logic of the argument and use of primary and secondary sources (including sources not used).

Demonstrate the ability to locate and use source materials, both primary and secondary.

  • Identify the most important primary and secondary required sources.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of each and every source material.

Write research paper on original topic.

  • Define an original topic of appropriate scope to be comprehensively covered in a master’s length thesis
  • Explain its significance in the field and identify the relevant primary and secondary research sources.
  • Collect and synthesize data into a logically organized and clearly presented thesis supported by evidence from primary sources.
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Graduate Admission Information
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