M.A. Program—Critical Asian Humanities Track

AMES coordinates a special Critical Asian Humanities (CAH) track of the Asian Pacific Studies Institute's M.A. in East Asian Studies program. This CAH track generally mirrors the requirements and expectations of the general APSI M.A. program, but with some important differences:

  • The CAH track focuses more narrowly on the study of literature, film, and other forms of cultural production
  • The CAH track encourages students to gain familiarity with a variety of theoretical approaches
  • Our curriculum combines the strengths of both critical theory and area studies, with an emphasis on visual culture, gender studies, migration studies, and empire studies from both the modern and contemporary periods.


10 Courses (30 semester hours)

  • At least 8 courses (24 semester hours) must be at the 500-level or above
  • Students may take courses on literary and cultural analysis taken with non-East Asianist faculty in the departments of AMES, Literature, English, Cultural Anthropology, etc.
  • At least 5 courses (15 semester hours) must be literature/cultural courses taken through AMES
  • Up to 2 East Asian language courses may be used toward the 10-course requirement

Language Proficiency Requirement

Students must attain advanced language proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, equivalent to 3 years of college-level study.


Each student will complete an M.A. thesis and submit it to their capstone committee. The capstone committee will be composed of 3 faculty, at least 2 of whom must be from AMES. The degree is dependent on the acceptance of the thesis and successful completion of an oral examination.

For more information on the CAH track of the APSI M.A. program, please e-mail Prof. Carlos Rojas (c.rojas@duke.edu).