Japanese Joint B.A./M.A. Program

The joint B.A./M.A. degree in Japanese/Asian Languages recognizes the need for master’s-level training upon entering the job market in a variety of sectors that call for highly advanced proficiency in the Japanese language, knowledge of the culture of Japan and its literature, and the skills aquired by B.A. and M.A. graduates in the humanities: research, analysis, interpretation, translation, and communication. The degree gives highly motivated B.A. students the opportunity to earn an M.A. degree using an accelerated undergraduate program in combination with a fifth year of study. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.25 to apply to the program and should have completed all of their MAPS/Core requirements by the end of their sophomore year. No GRE is required. Application is open only to CU-Boulder students. Students must complete a written application (application forms are available in the department office), which will include three letters of recommendation, at least one from a full-time member of the Japanese faculty, by September 1 of their junior year.

 

REQUIREMENTS
The joint B.A./M.A. degree requires 147 hours (117 undergraduate and 30 graduate) of coursework, with grades of 3.0 or above in all degree courses and an overall GPA of 3.0. That is, one graduate course counts toward the B.A. as well as toward the M.A. Students are mentored by the undergraduate advisor in consultation with the graduate director and must meet with both every semester to ensure the student is designing a program of study that can be completed in five years.

 

CURRICULUM
Undergraduate Courses
Students complete requirements for the undergraduate Japanese degree, but may substitute a graduate seminar on literature for one undergraduate literature course.

 

Graduate Courses
JPNS 5010 Bibliography and Research Methods (required and taken in the fourth year) and either Plan I or Plan II (thesis option). Consent of both the undergraduate and graduate director is required to take the thesis option.

 

Plan I
In Plan I, any nine of the following 5000-level courses (three taken in the fourth year, six taken in the fifth year):

 
JPNS 5020 Methods of Teaching Asian Languages
JPNS 5040 History of the Japanese Language
JPNS 5050 Japanese Sociolinguistics
JPNS 5060 Advanced Japanese Syntax
JPNS 5150 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation in Japanese
JPNS 5160 Advanced Classical Japanese
JPNS 5210 Classical Prose Literature
JPNS 5220 Waka, Renga, and Haiku
JPNS 5410 Medieval Prose Literature
JPNS 5420 Japanese Buddhism and Literature
JPNS 5610 Japanese Dramatic Literature
JPNS 5810 Modern Japanese Literature
JPNS 5820 Contemporary Japanese Literature
JPNS 5830 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought
JPNS 5280 Topics in Classical Japanese Literature
JPNS 5480 Topics in Medieval Japanese Literature

Plus any 5-level course(s) from another department for which the student has the consent of the undergraduate advisor and the graduate director (maximum of 3 courses).

 

Plan II
For Plan II, any seven courses listed under Plan I (three taken in the fourth year, four taken in the fifth year) and six credits of JPNS 6900 Master’s Thesis.

 

Comprehensive examinations must be written in the second semester of the final year; orals must be completed in the second semester of the final year for those on Plan II.

 

For additional questions, please contact the Japanese Graduate Advisor, Keller Kimbrough.