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Administrative Unit:East Asian Languages and Literature
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor

Faculty: Professors Huang, Nienhauser; Associate Professors Huntington, Meulenbeld, Zhang; Assistant Professors Yang, Zhu


UW–Madison offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese, specializing in linguistics, literature and culture, or thought. The program provides broad foundations and focused training in these three tracks, assuring that graduates are prepared to teach and conduct research.

The Chinese Collection, as part of an East Asian Collection ranked highly nationally, houses excellent basic collections, databases, and journals.

The department is home to the journal Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) and encourages graduate student participation in the production of this publication.

For more details about the program and its respective specializations, see the department website.


The literature and culture track offers classes from earliest times through the current era, including courses on classical and modern fiction, poetry, drama, popular culture, visual culture, film, philology, and research methods.

The linguistics specialty excels in areas such as phonology, experimental phonetics, interface study between syntax-phonology, historical linguistics, dialectology, prosodic linguistics, second language acquisition, and interface study across linguistics-literature-philology. Courses include the introduction to Chinese linguistics sequence, history of Chinese language sequence, specialized courses and seminars. Students receive training in various aspects of Chinese linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and applied linguistics.

The thought track emphasizes Daoism and Ming Qing popular religions, as well as interdisciplinary studies of the traditional novels. Beyond the basic history of Chinese thought classes, seminars explore various topics and texts from the traditional Chinese corpus.

Students in all tracks are mentored through classroom work as teaching assistants in language and culture classes.

Doctoral Minor

Students from other graduate programs intending to take a doctoral minor in Chinese should consult the Chinese graduate program director. For the minor, at least 12 credits in graduate-level courses are required (400 level or above; certain 300-level courses are accepted with the prior consent of the program).


Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant's previous academic record, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required. TOEFL is required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English. Writing samples in English are strongly encouraged for M.A. applicants and required of Ph.D. applicants.

For more information: Graduate Coordinator, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, 1212 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2291; fax 608-265-5731; eall@mailplus.wisc.edu; eall.wisc.edu.