Housed within Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) program provides students a unique combination of functional training and regional expertise. This degree equips students with the necessary skills to engage with private and public sector interests in Asia while solving global issues related to the region. MASIA at Georgetown is a terminal, 36-credit (12-course) program, where students have the opportunity to study core disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to Asia. Students also pursue one or more thematic/geographic concentrations. A thesis option is available.
This innovative balance of traditional area studies and functional training offers students a package of scholarly expertise and substantive skills that enhances the intellectual value and the marketability of their degree, whether they pursue employment or a Ph.D. after graduation.
Learning Goals and Assessments for Asian Studies at Georgetown
Georgetown aims to produce students in our Asia program who are conversant at the expert level in the languages, politics, economics, history, and societal aspects of Greater Asia. These students will have superior skills and knowledge that will be sought after by higher-education graduate programs, the private sector, the public sector, and other communities with an interest in Asia and U.S. relations with Asia.
Students who graduate from the curriculum on Asia offered at Georgetown will be assessed in terms of their learning objectives in the following areas: Demonstrated proficiency at the advanced level or higher in one or more of the difficult languages of the region (Chinese, Japanese, Korean). A capacity to communicate beyond merely social situations, to include scholarly research, vocational work, and advanced level or higher reading, speaking, and writing.
Demonstrated regional expertise of the highest order in the politics, society, history, economics, business, and culture of East Asia and U.S.-East Asia relations. Some students may possess knowledge that is specific to one of the major countries in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) or the region more generally.
Demonstrated expertise through coursework concentrated in one or two functional concentrations: politics and security, political economy and business, and history, society and culture. These functional concentrations will have applicability to the region and countries of China, Japan, and Korea.
Demonstrated additional expertise through coursework concentrated in a second sub-region of Greater Asia (in addition to East Asia) to include either South Asia or Southeast Asia. This additional empirical expertise will be in the politics, society, history, economics and/or security of the region or specific countries in the region.
Demonstrated writing and presentational expertise on the above topics in the form of written papers and oral presentations. One form of fulfilling this requirement can be through the writing of a thesis. A special emphasis will be placed on maintaining a tradition in the Asian Studies at Georgetown of encouraging students to submit finished pieces of written work to professional conferences and to professional journals for publication.
Understanding and engagement in the professional and academic networks related to Asia and U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, D.C. Active participation in research assistanceships, internships, employment in universities, schools, think-tanks, NGOs, IOs, government, and private sector organizations related to Asia and U.S.-Asia relations.
Students will be assessed in their accomplishment of these learning goals by the faculty and staff at Georgetown in the following ways:
Grade-based assessment through satisfactory completion of the course curriculum
Grade-based assessment through satisfactory completion of at least three original research papers in the course curriculum
Satisfactory grade-based completion of the thesis and related seminar or tutorial (for those who choose the thesis option).
Recognition of superior achievement through publication of work in professional publication outlets including academic and public policy journals, newspapers, and expert websites
Oral interview and numerical assessment with the Asian Studies director, assistant director, or director of studies on a semester-by-semester basis
Final oral pass/fail evaluation with the Asian Studies director, assistant director, or director of studies in the final semester of the program.
Georgetown University's M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) is a 36 credit (12 course) degree program. Students are required to take three foundation courses in their first semester of study:
ASST 668- Theory and Policy in Asia
ASST 511- International Political Economy of East Asia
A course that focuses on History, Culture or Society of Asia - Students may choose from a variety of courses to complete this requirement.
In addition to the three foundation courses, students must take at least three courses towards a single concentration. Additional coursework can be used to fulfill a second concentration, apply towards one of Georgetown's graduate certificate programs or serve as available credits for electives. Asian Studies students have the option of writing an M.A. Thesis.
To graduate on time, students must successfully complete 4 courses plus 1 language class (if applicable) each semester.
ARST-457 China-Arab Relations
ARTH-171 Buddhist Art
ASST-509 Imperialism/Colonialism: Asia
ASST-511 Intl Pol Econ: East Asia
ASST-516 Risk & Innovatn in 21st C Asia
ASST-520 Growth:Chinese Military Power
ASST-530 Illicit Economies in Asia
ASST-531 Sovereign Risk & Asia
ASST-532 China's Economy
ASST-668 Theory/Policy in Asia
ASST-706 Explor Limits of SE Asia Diplo
ASST-711 Politics & Societies:SE Asia
ASST-715 Japan's Domestic Politics
CHIN-011 Intens First Lev Chinese I
CHIN-013 Intens Frst Lev Chin:Adv Begin
CHIN-111 Intens Second Lev Chinese I
CHIN-211 Third Level Chinese I
CHIN-311 Integrated Advanced Chinese I
CHIN-313 Advanced Oral Communication
CHIN-321 Business Chinese I
CHIN-362 Intro to Classical Chinese
CHIN-391 Intro to Chinese Linguistics
CHIN-459 Senior Seminar
CHIN-464 Modern Chinese Drama
GOVT-374 Dept Sem:Sr Res Sem on Asia
HIST-107 Pacific World
HIST-109 The Islamic World
HIST-122 History of China I
HIST-124 History of Japan I
HIST-126 South East Asia I
HIST-325 Modern China:Fiction & History
HIST-363 Muslims in the West
INAF-250 Modern Asia
INAF-347 Dept Sem:Sr Res Sem On Asia
INAF-367 Trade in Asia Pacific
INAF-378 Asean: Past & Present
INAF-431 South Asia: Iss of War/Peace
INAF-449 China's Evolving Role in Afr
IPOL-423 Pol & Soc in Modern South Asia
JAPN-011 Intens First Lev Japanese I
JAPN-111 Intens Second Lev Japanese I
JAPN-211 Third Level Japanese I
JAPN-311 Integrated Adv Japanese I
JAPN-322 Business Japanese II
JAPN-391 Intro to Japn Linguistics
JAPN-459 Senior Seminar
KREN-011 Intens First Lev Korean I
KREN-111 Intens Second Lev Korean I
KREN-211 Third Level Korean
KREN-311 Integrated Advanced Korean
KREN-321 Business Korean I
KREN-406 Stdies in Korean Thoughts/Relg
KREN-456 Society & Culture in N. Korea
PPOL-608 Asian Economic Development
PPOL-681 BRICS & The Global Economy
REES-428 C. Asian Pol in Anthro Perspct
SEST-573 Security Iss in South Asia
SEST-583 China and its Military
SEST-696 Maritime Conflict in Asia
SOCI-174 Sociology of Chinese Film
SOCI-227 Economy & Society in East Asia
SOCI-249 Family & Gender in Japan
THEO-050 Islamic Thought & Practice
THEO-057 Hindu Religious Tradition
THEO-139 Chinese Religions
THEO-167 Intro to Buddhism
The M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) program offers three functional concentrations and two subregional concentrations. Students simply take three courses focused upon one of these five options. It is possible for students to achieve two concentrations within their degree program. Since MASIA offers a large emphasis on the study of East Asia, students who wish to specialize in South Asia or Southeast Asia can pursue one of the two sub-regional concentrations.
Politics and Security of Asia focuses on the study of traditional security issues including deterrence, nuclear proliferation, arms control, and alliances. It also looks at transnational and non-state security challenges including terrorism, radicalism, religious conflict, and energy security.
History, Society and Culture of Asia focuses on the in-depth study of the history and historiographical approaches to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Central Asian, Southeast Asian or South Asian history and society, as well as literature, religion, philosophy, classics and other areas related to the study of the unique histories, cultures, and societies in Asia. Courses on pre-modern Asia would also count toward fulfillment of the concentration.
International Political Economy/Business of Asia emphasizes the relationship between power and wealth in Asia, the prospects for free trade, international business, and finance in Asia.
The Energy, Environment and Transnational Issues provides for a focus on topics that transcend national boundaries and emphasizes interdisciplinary areas to include energy, climate, environment, demography, development, health, among other subjects.
South Asia concentration would offer candidates the opportunity to supplement their study of East Asia with a three-course concentration on the society, politics, economics, culture, and history of South Asia.
Southeast Asia concentration would offer candidates the opportunity to supplement their study of East Asia with a three-course concentration on the society, politics, economics, culture, and history of Southeast Asia.
Students have the option of completing an M.A. thesis in conjunction with a faculty supervisor, upon approval of the Director of Asian Studies. If the candidate chooses to write an M.A. thesis, the candidate must enroll in a thesis seminar (or independent tutorial), which is traditionally taught in the second semester of the program.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language at the completion of the program by:
successful completion with a grade of B+ or better of advanced language study equivalent to third year at Georgetown or a comparable language program during their time in the M.A. in Asian Studies Program; or
specified grade of proficiency in US Government or equivalent language testing while as a graduate student at Georgetown; or
pass a proficiency test at Georgetown University; or
successful completion of other testing approved by the Director of Asian Studies and the Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture.
Upon arrival at Georgetown, all students planning to further their language studies will be required to participate in a language placement exam. Advanced language learners who wish to test out of continued language study while at Georgetown must pass a proficiency exam to satisfy the language requirement. Native speakers of an Asian language, as determined by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Director of Asian Studies, are considered exempt from the language proficiency requirement.
In addition to regular degree requirements, students may use elective courses to complete a certificate in one of the following areas:
Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies
International Business Diplomacy
Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies