SpecializationsStudents must select one of three specializations as their principal pursuit: Chinese, Japanese, or East Asian Cultural Studies. Students may, in addition, select an emphasis, for which they receive certification. Please see the UCI General Catalogue for more information on each specialization.
EmphasesSeveral emphases are available to graduate students in the East Asian Department regardless of their degree specialization. They add a special dimension to scholarly training and broaden students' marketability as teachers in institutes of higher learning.
Asian American Studies:
Please click on Asian American Studies to learn more about the emphasis, application process and requirements.
The Graduate Emphasis in Critical Theory (CTE) program is the most prominent field in the School of Humanities as measured by its national and international reputation, the prominence of its faculty, and its ability to attract graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from around the world. Scholars of critical theory explore and develop theoretical models with which to analyze and critique cultural forms such as literature and art, to more general systems of information, social relations, and symbolic categories of race, gender, class and ethnic identity.
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The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, which houses this emphasis, stresses interdisciplinary, multicultural scholarship and includes coursework in feminist theories, the cultural roles of women, women's socioeconomic condition, women's history, women's literature in a cross-cultural frame, women's images in fine arts and film, women of color, and lesbian and gay studies. Currently enrolled graduate students, as well as newly admitted students, may apply for admission. Applicants are advised to apply early in their academic career in order best to integrate the Feminist Emphasis with their departmental plan of study. The student who satisfactorily completes the emphasis will be given a letter of certification from the Chair of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Please go to Feminist Studies to learn more about the emphasis, application process and requirements.
Students pursuing this emphasis take five courses that deal with issues of translation theory, the practice of translation, and the student's specific area of study: 1 Theories of Translation seminar, 3 translation workshops (2 workshops + 1 independent study), and 1 course specific to field and literature of choice. Students electing the emphasis will be working in languages in which the supervising faculty has competence.
More detailed information is available on the Comparative Literature website in their Graduate Handbook on page 12 and 13. Link (click on Graduate Handbook)
The Emphasis in Visual Studies exposes students to a variety of contemporary methodologies in the Humanities, and helps train a generation of scholars capable of engaging in cross-disciplinary inquiry and responding to the emergence of new research paradigms. Students explore an ever-expanding array of objects and visual experiences produced in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, television, video, and digital technologies. The student who satisfactorily completes the emphasis will be given a letter of certification from the Director of Visual Studies after certain requirements have been met.
Please click on Visual Studies to learn more about the emphasis, application process and requirements.