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JAPANESE Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

All 30 credits must be graduate coursework. At least 18 out of the 30 credits must be taken in this department. Graduate coursework is defined as courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students (EA 622–672); and courses numbered 300–699 in which graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students (EA 350–379).

6 credits of basic coursework in East Asian languages may count toward the total (EA 311, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 325, or 326.)

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

All 51 credits must be graduate coursework. Graduate coursework is defined as courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students (EA 622–672); and courses numbered 300–699 in which graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students (EA 350–379).

6 credits of basic coursework in East Asian languages may count toward the total (EA 311, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 325, or 326.) At least 18 credits must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) completed while a UW–Madison undergraduate may be counted to satisfy degree requirements. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) completed while a UW–Madison undergraduate may be counted to satisfy degree requirements. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) taken as a UW–Madison special student. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Japanese literature/culture students must take three graduate-level courses (500 level or above) in literature/culture, including at least one course at the 700 level or higher.

Japanese linguistics students must take Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (434) and Teaching of Japanese as a Foreign Language (623).

Program-Specific Courses Required

After completing the M.A., Japanese literature/culture students must take three additional courses in Japanese literature/culture at the 700 level or higher. Japanese linguistics students must take Japanese Linguistics (775) and seminar (933).

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Japanese Linguistics students are encouraged to complete a minor in Linguistics or SLA. The 12 credits required for a minor count as part of the 51 credits required for the Ph.D. coursework.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.50 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student.

Other Grade Requirements

Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all coursework and may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.

Probation Policy

If a student’s average falls below 3.0 in a given semester, the department will decide whether the student may continue on probation. A specific plan will be arranged with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.5 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.5 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment, the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School. A student on probation may not take the preliminary examination.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to have an advisor, and should consult with a faculty member to serve as major professor no later than the end of their second semester. Students meet regularly with their advisor to ensure satisfactory progress.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to be supervised by a major professor. Students meet regularly with their advisor to ensure satisfactory progress. The major professor serves as dissertation advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

For Japanese literature/culture students, a final examination is required.

Japanese linguistics students are required to pass two final in-class examinations on "Introduction to Japanese Linguistics" and "Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language."

Linguistics students are required to submit one substantial research paper.

Assessments and Examinations

Japanese literature/culture students are required to take a comprehensive preliminary examination. A dissertation proposal must be presented to the members of the Ph.D. Committee and accepted within one semester of passing the preliminary examination.

Japanese linguistics students need to complete three preliminary exams (two in-class or take home exams and a paper). The three preliminary exams should be completed within one year.

Time Constraints

The maximum time for completing all M.A. requirements and passing the M.A. examination is three years.

Master’s degree students who are absent for five or more years will not be given credit for prior work.

Time Constraints

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Language Requirements

Advanced proficiency in modern Japanese is required.

Language Requirements

Japanese literature students must demonstrate reading proficiency in classical Japanese and one research language.

Japanese linguistic students are required to demonstrate basic knowledge of the structure of one non-Western language other than Japanese. The language requirements must be completed by time when students finish taking the preliminary exams.