Asian Studies

Graduate Degrees: M.A.

Apply for Admission: December 3, 2018

Required Tests: GRE (general test)


The Faculty Group in Asian Studies administers an interdisciplinary program
leading to an M.A. degree. Utilizing the faculty and facilities of the entire
university, this degree program cuts across conventional disciplinary lines and
emphasizes a basic core of knowledge concerning one particular geographic area
of Asia. Within this core, which requires course work in multiple departments and
reading knowledge of at least one Asian language, the regionally-oriented
students have the flexibility to design a cross-disciplinary individual
program according to their interests and approaches. No two programs are alike,
and students work closely with the Student Affairs office and with a faculty
mentor in designing their customized academic plan. The group is supported in its
efforts by the Institute of East Asian Studies, and Interdisciplinary Social Science
Programs (ISSP), under the College of Letters and Science.

The University of California at Berkeley has long been noted for its outstanding
scholarship in the area of Asian Studies. Faculty from across campus in numerous
disciplines are presently engaged in teaching and research concerning Asia. Our
students take classes in such disciplines as Anthropology, Buddhist Studies, Film/
Media Studies, History, Journalism, Literature, Political Science, Religion, South/
Southeast Asian Studies, Sociology, and other fields in the humanities and social

These resources are supplemented by extensive library facilities and by the
programs of six major area centers that offer lecture series and colloquia
throughout the year. The Bay Area itself, with its diverse communities, museums,
performing arts, religious institutions, and thriving financial and technological
sectors provides unlimited cultural opportunities for the student interested in
reaching beyond the confines of the university.

Source: Berkeley Academic Guide

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