East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Scienc​e

Degree Programs​

East Asian Studies

​​MA
PhD

Collaborative Programs

The following collaborative programs are available to​ students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Book History and Print Culture
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  2. Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA
  3. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  4. South Asian Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  5. Women and Gender Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD​

Overview

The Department of East Asian Studies has a long, rich history at the University of Toronto as a centre for research and teaching on the humanities of East Asia, past and present. Faculty members specialize in social and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religion, language, art, film and visual culture. They are committed to the innovative pursuit of knowledge across regional, temporal and disciplinary divides. Many hold joint appointments with various departments, centres and collaborative specializations throughout the university.

Students and faculty in the department have access to a wide array of resources to support their research and learning. The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library holds more than 500,000 volumes in East Asian languages, making it a leading research collection in North America. The Royal Ontario Museum houses six separate galleries on the arts and artifacts of East Asia. The department and the Asian Institute host a variety of lecture series and workshops. The university campus is located in downtown Toronto, home to multiple thriving Asian communities.

Contact and Address

Web: www.eas.utoronto.ca
Email: natasja.vanderberg@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-7260
Fax: (416) 978-5711

Department of East Asian Studies
University of Toronto
Robarts Library 14-087, 130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H1
Canada

East Asian Studies: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Cazdyn, Eric - BA, MA, PhD
Chin, Carol - BA, MA, PhD
Crawford, Gary - BSc, MA, PhD
Feng, Linda Rui - BA, MA, PhD
Hsiung, Ping-Chun - PhD
Kawashima, Ken - BA, MA, PhD
Keirstead, Thomas - BA, MA, PhD
Lam, Tong - BSc, MA, PhD
Liu, Johanna Ch'ien-mei - BA, MA, PhD
Luong, Hy Van - BA, PhD
Meng, Yue - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Poole, Janet - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Purtle, Jennifer - BA, MPH, MA, PhD
Sakaki, Atsuko - BA, MA, PhD
Sanders, Graham - BA, PhD
Schmid, Andre - BA, MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Shen, Vincent Tsing-song - MA, PhD
Tran, Nhung - MA, PhD
Wu, Yiching - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Yoneyama, Lisa - BA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Arntzen, Sonja - BA, MA, PhD
Donnelly, Michael - BSc, MA, PhD
Falkenheim, Victor - AB, MA, PhD
Liman, Anthony - MA
Lynn, Richard - BA, MA, PhD
Nakajima, Kazuko - BA, MA, MPH
Sandahl, Stella - MA, MA, PhD
Schlepp, Wayne - BSc, BA, PhD
Tsukimura, Reiko - BA, MA, PhD
Waterhouse, David - BA, LRAM, MA, MA

Associate Members

Chen, Li - BA, MA, AM, JD, PhD
Cheng, Wen-Chien - PhD
Fujitani, Takashi - BA, MA, PhD
Grewal, Anup - BA, MA, PhD
Peng, Ito - BSW, BSc, MA, PhD
Rupprecht, Hsiao-Wei - BA, MA, MLS, PhD
Satsuka, Shiho - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Virag, Curie - AB, MA, PhD
Wong, Joseph - BA, MA, PhD, CRC

East Asian Studies: East Asian Studies MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

East Asian Studies offers two tracks through its MA program: MA through coursework and MA with thesis. It is possible to switch between the two tracks as long as all requirements are fulfilled.
 
Applicants should consult the department's website for complete details on the MA program, applications, course offerings, and profiles of the graduate faculty.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of East Asian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in East Asian studies and at least a B+ standing in the final year.

  • Applicants without a major in East Asian studies may also be considered, provided they demonstrate sufficient scholarly interest and academic preparation in East Asian studies.​

  • Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the student's main fields of interest and proposed course of study.

  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who have knowledge of previous academic work.

  • Programs are based on the study of original texts. This presupposes knowledge of the relevant languages.

  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant's academic writing in English.

  • Non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the paper-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants taking the Internet-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections. Comparable scores on similar tests are also acceptable.

Program Requirements

  • The program may be completed through one of two routes:

    • Non-language courses: normally 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with at least 2.0 FCEs in EAS courses, including the required course EAS 2020H Critical Approaches to East Asia (0.5 FCE)

    • Non-language courses plus thesis: thesis must be written with the guidance of a supervisor. Normally 4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 3.0 FCEs of coursework including at least 1.5 FCEs in EAS courses, including the required course EAS 2020H Critical Approaches to East Asia (0.5 FCE)

      • Thesis counts as 1.0 FCE.

  • Courses are selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

East Asian Studies: East Asian Studies PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is a research degree that prepares students to teach and research in the area of East Asian Studies. The program consists of course work, language study, comprehensive exams, a dissertation prospectus, writing of a dissertation, and a final oral examination on the dissertation.

Applicants should consult the department's website for complete details on the PhD program, applications, course offerings, and profiles of the graduate faculty.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate MA degree or 2) direct entry after completing a BA degree.

 

PhD Program 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of East Asian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, completion of the MA program in the Department of East Asian Studies, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with an average grade of at least A-. Departmental assessment may also permit registration directly from a BA degree in the most exceptional cases where, for instance, there is a very high grade point average or a well-documented demonstration of capacity for original research.

  • Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the student's main fields of interest and proposed course of study.

  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars who have knowledge of previous academic work.

  • Programs are based on the study of original texts. This presupposes knowledge of the relevant languages.

  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant's academic writing in English.

  • Non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the paper-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants taking the Internet-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections. Comparable scores on similar tests are also acceptable.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 non-language full-course equivalents (FCEs), including at least 2.0 FCEs in EAS courses, to be selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. 2.0 FCEs must be completed in Year 1, with an average grade of at least A-. The remaining courses are normally completed by the end of Year 2, maintaining an average of at least A-.

    • EAS 2020H Critical Approaches to East Asia is a required course if not taken previously. If EAS 2020​​H has previously been taken, students are required to take an additional 0.5 FCE.

    • Students are permitted to take some of their courses in other departments.

  • A comprehensive qualifying examination is undertaken, with the guidance of a supervisory committee, within three months of completion of coursework and must be taken by November 30 of Year 3 of study. The committee will provide the student with three questions (in a Major, Minor, and Adjacent field), for which the student must provide written answers within seven days. Within one week after submitting the answers, the student will meet with the committee to provide an oral defence of the answers. The committee will decide whether the student has passed or failed in each of the three fields on the basis of the written answers and oral defence taken together. If the student fails the Major field, he or she will be given one more chance to pass an entirely new examination, within three months of the first attempt. If the student passes the Major field but fails either one or both of the Minor and Adjacent fields, then he or she will be given one more chance to take an examination consisting of new questions in the fields failed, within six weeks of the first attempt. Third attempts are not permitted.

  • An appropriate level of proficiency in at least one language (other than English) relevant to the student's areas of study must be demonstrated by November 30 of Year 3 of study; the language(s), level of proficiency, and method of evaluation are to be determined by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the student's supervisor.

  • Within one to three months after completing the comprehensive examination, students are required to produce a dissertation prospectus to be approved by their supervisory committee. The committee will meet to consider the dissertation prospectus and provide the student with feedback. The student will make the revisions and submit the prospectus to his/her supervisor for final approval, which must be given by the end of the student’s third year. After the dissertation prospectus is approved, the student advances to candidacy.

  • After completing all of the above requirements, students are required to produce a doctoral dissertation with the guidance of a supervisory committee. This process begins with the production of a dissertation prospectus to be approved by the committee. The completed dissertation must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years direct-entry

 

 

East Asian Studies: East Asian Studies MA, PhD Courses

The following courses may be offered by the department. Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department's we​bsite for a current course listing.

Cultural Studies

​EAS 1101Y
​​Classical Chinese I
​EAS 1103Y
​Introduction to Classical Japanese
​EAS 1118H
​Translation and Modernity
​EAS 1180H
​Environmental Criticism
​EAS 1181H
​Questioning Humanities: 20th Century China
​EAS 1335H
​Violence, Justice, the Human
​EAS 1337H
​Diaspora and Transpacific Studies
​E​AS 1339H
​Topics in Chinese Art Theories
​EAS 1419H
​Chinese Cultural Studies Seminar: May Fourth​
​EAS 1424H
​Multitude, Labour Power, Population
​EAS 1432H
​Korean Cultural Studies Seminar
​EAS 1433H
​Surplus Populations in East Asia and in Theory
EAS 1435H
​Crisis, Repetition, and History
EAS 1436H Rethinking Realism in 20th Century Korea
​EAS 1441H
​Advanced Topics in Japanese Cinema​
EAS 1449H Future, Architecture, Japan
​EAS 1474H
​US and Canada's Wars in East Asia
​EAS 1475H
​Contemporary Cultural Theories
​EAS 2020H
​Critical Approaches to East Asia
​EAS 2323H
​Rethinking Chinese Cultural History

​​History

​EAS 1130H
Rethinking China's Cultural Revolu​tion: History, Politics, and Theory​
​EAS 1140Y
​From Republic to People's Republic: The Chinese Revolution from 1895 to the Present
​EAS 1175H
​20th Century East Asia in Comparative World History
​EAS 1176H
​Comparative Historical Socialisms in East Asia and Beyond
​EAS 1297H
​Texts, Images, and Objects in East Asia
EAS 1409H
Cities in Premodern China​
​EAS 1411H
​Art and Archaeology of Early China
​EAS 1412H
​Special Topics in Archaeology of Ancient China
​EAS 1173H,Y
​Modern Korean History Seminar
​EAS 1174​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Y
​Rethinking Empire in East Asia
​​EAS 1425H
​Critique of Everyday Life and Capitalism
​​​EAS 1429H
​Topics in Marxism and Japan
​EAS 1430H
​Introduction to the Countryside
​EAS 1431H
​Mass Culture, Capitalist Crisis, Fascism in Modern Japan
​EAS 1434H
​Karatani’s The Structure of World History and the Politics of Marx
​EAS 1466H​
History, Everyday Life, and North Korea
​EAS 1471H
Issues in ​Political Economy of South Korea​​
​​EAS 1496H
​History of the Chinese Book

​​​Language

​EAS 1115Y
​Reading ​Japanese for Graduate Purposes (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1301Y
​Modern Standard Japanese I (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1302Y
​Modern Standard Japanese II (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1303Y
​Modern Standard Japanese III (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1304H
​Modern Standard Japanese IVa (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1305H
​Modern Standard Japanese IVb (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1321H
​Japanese I for Students with Prior Background (Credit/No Credit)
​​EAS 1322H
​Modern Standard Japanese II Prior Background (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1621Y
​Modern Standard Korean I (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1622Y
​Modern Standard Korean II (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1623Y
​Modern Standard Korean III (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1624Y
​Modern Standard Korean IV (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1626Y
​Academic and Professional Korean (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1631Y
​Accelerated Modern Standard Korean 1 and 2 (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1632H
​Accelerated Modern Standard Korean 2 (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1801Y
Modern Standard Chinese I (Credit/No Credit)​
​EAS 1802Y
​Modern Standard Chinese II (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1803Y
​Modern Standard Chinese III (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1804Y
​Modern Standard Chinese IV (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1811Y
​Modern Standard Chinese I for Students With Background in Chinese (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1812H
​Modern Standard Chinese II for Students With Background in Chinese (Credit/No Credit)
​EAS 1814H
​Modern Standard Chinese IVa (Credit/No Credit)​
​EAS 1815H
​​Modern Standard Chinese IVb (Credit/No Credit)​​

​Literature

​EAS 1137H,Y
​​Chinese Poetics
​EAS 1151H
​Chinese Poetry I
​EAS 1152H
​Chinese Poetry II
​EAS 1182H
​Writing as Technology in Modern China
​EAS 1345H
Readings in Japanese Literary Criticism​
​EAS 1408H
​Identity and Diaspora in Modern Taiwanese Literature
​EAS 1417H
Korean Literary Translation​​
​EAS 1444H
The City, Body, and Text in Modern Japanese Literature​
​EAS 1467H
​Photographic Narratives of Japan
​COL 5101H
​Diasporic Cities: Itinerant Narratives of Metropoles by Travellers and Expatriates
​JLA 1456H
​Japan As Seen By ?: Reference, Apparatus, Operation
​JLA 5082H
​The Rhetoric of Photography

​Philosophy and Religion

​EAS 1225H
​Self-Cultivati​on and Health in Chinese Philosophy
​EAS 1226H
​Topics in Modern Chinese Philosophy
​EAS 1227H
Topics in Chinese Religions​
​EAS 1229H
Topics in Chinese Aesthetics​
EAS 1407H Textual Analysis of Classical Chinese Philosophy
​EAS 1438H
New Approaches to Classical Daoism
EAS 1601Y​
​Seminar in East Asian Buddhism

Politics

​POL 2416Y​
Politics and Society in Contemporary China​

Research Seminars

​EAS 1100H,Y
​Special Top​ics in Chinese Studies
​EAS 1116H,Y
​Special Topics in Chinese Culture
EAS 1143H Topics in Medieval China
​EAS 1150H,Y
​Reading and Major Research Paper
​EAS 1163H​​​​​
​Special Topics in Korean Studies
​EAS 1300H​
​Special Topics in Japanese Studies
​EAS 1313Y
​Japanese Source Materials and Reference Works
​EAS 1320Y
​Special Topics in Japanese Culture
​EAS 1323Y
Readings in Japanese Documentary Source Materials​
​EAS 1497H
​Special Topics in East Asian Studies
​EAS 1999Y
East Asian Studies Bibliography, Reference, and Research Methodology​