Fields of Study
Fields include the general areas of Chinese literature and Japanese literature. (See also the Combined Ph.D Program in Film and Media Studies.) Although the primary emphasis is on these East Asian subjects, the department welcomes applicants who are seeking to integrate their interests in Chinese or Japanese literature with interdisciplinary studies in such fields as history, history of art, linguistics, religious studies, comparative literature, film studies, literary theory and criticism, and the social sciences. For a profile of this and other programs at the Graduate School, including admissions data, total enrollment, time to degree, and career data, please click here.
Graduate Faculty (11)
Professors: Kang-i Sun Chang, Aaron Gerow, Edward Kamens, Tina Lu, Jing Tsu
Assistant Professors: Lucas Bender, Michael Hunter, Seth Jacobowitz
Senior Lecturers: Pauline Lin
Visiting Lecturer (Spring 2017): Angelika Koch-Low
In residence 20-30; average in entering class 3-4.
Special Admissions Requirements
The department requires entering students in Chinese or Japanese (and the Combined Ph.D Program in Film and Media Studies) to have completed at least three years, or the equivalent, of either Chinese or Japanese. Students applying in Chinese are expected to have completed at least one year of literary Chinese. Students applying in premodern Japanese are expected to have completed at least one year of literary Japanese. This is a doctoral program; no students are admitted for Masters’ degrees. Students interested in a Masters’ degree should contact the East Asian Studies Program.
A high degree of proficiency in English is expected for all students, but there is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission. All students, international as well as US citizens receive similar financial aid packages.
In addition to the materials and test scores required by the Graduate School, the department asks all applicants to EALL and the Combined Program to submit a writing sample as part of their application. There is no strict limit on page or word length, but the sample should succinctly represent the scholarship of the applicant, reflecting his or her interests and skills.
To access the application, as well as learn about general Graduate School admissions requirements regarding deadlines, test scores, etc., please go to the GSAS Admissions page.
Special Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
During the first three years of study, students are required to take at least fourteen term courses. Usually students complete twelve term courses in years one and two, and then take two tutorials or two seminars in year three. Students concentrating in Chinese or Japanese literature are encouraged to take at least one term course in Western literature or literary theory. By the end of the second year all students must prove their proficiency in a language other than their primary language of study that is relevant to their course of study and is approved by the DGS. By the end of the third year, students specializing in premodern Japanese literature must pass a reading test in literary Chinese. At the end of the second full academic year, the student must take a written examination in the language of his or her specialization, including both its modern and premodern forms.
At the end of each academic year, until a student is admitted to candidacy, the faculty will review the student’s progress. For the second year review, the student must submit a revised seminar research paper, on a topic selected in consultation with the adviser, no later than April 1 of the fourth term. No later than the end of the sixth term the student will take the qualifying oral examination. The exam will cover three fields distinguished by period and/or genre in one or more East Asian national literatures or in other fields closely related to the student’s developing specialization. These fields and accompanying reading lists will be selected by October 1st of the third year in consultation with the examiners and the director of graduate studies in order to allow the student to demonstrate knowledge and command of a range of topics. After having successfully passed the qualifying oral examination, students will be required to submit a dissertation prospectus to the department for approval by September 1st of the seventh term in order to complete the process of admission to candidacy for the Ph.D.
Opportunities to obtain experience in teaching language and literature form an important part of this program. Students in East Asian Languages and Literatures normally teach in their third and fourth years.
For additional detailed information see the Calendar of Progress.
Combined Ph.D. Program
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures also offers, in conjunction with the Program in Film and Media Studies, a combined Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures and Film Studies. Applicants to the combined program must indicate on their application that they are applying both to Film and Media Studies as well as East Asian Languages and Literatures. All documentation within the application should include this information. For detailed information see Combined Ph.D. Degree Program Between Film and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures.
Graduate School Policies
Students are reminded that the policies of the Graduate School must be followed. Any questions regarding these policies should be addressed to your assistant or associate dean.
The link to the Policies webpage is here: http://www.yale.edu/printer/bulletin/htmlfiles/grad/index.html
The link to the actual Programs & Policies handbook is here: http://gsas.yale.edu/academics/programs-policies
Director of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 208236
New Haven CT