Global & International Studies Master’s Degree



Core Knowledge and Skills (12 Hours):

  • GIST 701 Approaches to International Studies
  • CEAS 701 Professionalization Seminar in East Asian Studies
  • CEAS 710 Research Design for International Area Studies
  • CEAS 898 Thesis and Research Project Writing

Regional Specialization Cluster (9 Hours):

Students choose 3 courses with contemporary East Asian content. Specific courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Topic Specialization Cluster (9 Hours):

Students choose 3 courses that enable them to specialize in a topic or issue. This focus must be approved by the student’s advisor. Specific courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Please note, for the 2 clusters above:

  • At least 4 courses must contain CEAS approved East Asian content courses
  • No more than 3 elective courses can be in a single discipline
  • 2 advanced East Asian language courses can be included (500 or higher)

Language:

Proficiency in an East Asian language is not required for admission to this program, but proficiency at the second level (intermediate) is required in order to complete the degree. Credit earned in introductory and intermediate language courses will not count toward the 30 hours required. If such courses are taken after admission, they will add substantial time to the program. Students who plan to continue on to a Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to pursue language at the third level.

Research Paper and Oral Defense:

  • Prepare a publishable research paper (25-30 pages).
  • Successfully pass an oral defense of that paper to the satisfaction of an M.A. examination committee.
  • Submit your paper to an academic journal(s) to be considered for publication.

The purpose of the M.A. research paper requirement is to train students in writing, conceptualization, research, and presentation of the subjects in their area of specialization in social science.