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USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

East Asian Languages and Cultures (PhD)

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Course Requirements

A student’s total graduate course work must be at least 60 units including 4 units of doctoral dissertation (794ab) and the following courses:

Core Courses

Additional Requirements

A theory and methodology course in EALC or an equivalent course in a related program.

Four courses on East Asian languages and literatures.

Four courses on East Asian cultures and civilizations.

Three additional courses in a target discipline or field.

No more than four courses at the 400-level may be applied to the total requirement of 60 units. The fulfillment of the course requirements is determined by the Graduate Studies Committee in EALC.

Screening Procedure

A screening procedure will be conducted before the student completes 24 units of course work, which typically means by the end of the first year. The Graduate Studies Committee will review the student’s performance comprehensively and meet the student after a statement describing his/her research ideas is submitted.

Qualifying Exam Committee

Upon successful completion of the screening procedure, the student is encouraged to begin forming a five-member qualifying exam committee, whose purpose is to help the student prepare for the qualifying examination. The committee must be approved by the Graduate School at the time the student applies to schedule a qualifying examination.

Qualifying Procedure

A student takes examinations in three different fields approved by the qualifying exam committee. An oral - examination based on the written exams will follow. After successful completion of the examinations, the student will submit a dissertation prospectus, which must be approved by the qualifying exam committee and the Graduate Studies Committee in EALC.

Foreign Language Requirement

A student must have at least four years of course work or its equivalent in the language of his/her specialization. In addition, the student should acquire or demonstrate competence in a second East Asian language. This requirement may be met by two years’ worth of course work. Whether the second East Asian language should be classical or modern will be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with a student’s academic adviser.


Defense and presentation of the dissertation will follow regulations defined by the Graduate School.

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