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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)

JAPANESE 601. Master's Essay.


Prerequisites: Permission of department. Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

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The M.A. degree in Japanese Literature requires the completion of a Master's Essay based upon original sources. Topic for the Master's Essay are chosen with the approval of the graduate advisor. The student must complete this paper no later than the end of the fourth semester of graduate study.

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JAPANESE 799. Master's Essay in Japanese Language and Literature.


Prerequisites: Master's student in Asian Languages and Cultures: Japanese Language and Literature. Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

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Students electing the thesis track must complete the Master's Essay. The Master's Essay is a substantial research paper reflecting interdisciplinary training and the ability to use Western language literature and Japanese language sources. The thesis is usually undertaken in the last term of the degree program, under the supervision of two Center faculty. Students in the joint degree programs should refer to the appropriate sections in this handbook for additional requirements specific to their program.

Faculty Supervision

The student must select a thesis advisor and a second reader from the regular faculty members affiliated with the Center for Japanese Studies. A list of faculty affiliated with the Center and their research and teaching interests are given in Appendix C. The field of specialization of the thesis advisor and the second reader should be appropriate to the topic of the thesis. The student should work closely with the thesis advisor throughout the process of topic definition, research, and writing. It is up to the student and the second reader to determine the extent of the second reader's involvement.

Master's Essay Reader Form

When the student is ready to undertake work on the Master's Essay, he/she must complete the Master's Essay Reader Form and obtain signatures from the thesis advisor and the second reader. All students, including those in joint degree programs, must complete this form. The completed form should be submitted to the MA Program Advisor. Students are urged to make preliminary arrangements with the readers prior to the start of their final term of course work. Should the student change the thesis topic and/or thesis advisor/reader, a new Reader Form should be completed.


Once the thesis topic is defined, the student should submit a thesis prospectus to the thesis advisor and the second reader. This prospectus should be 3-5 pages long, and should provide a concise summary of the thesis topic and a general plan of research.

Course Credit

Students may receive up to 6 credit hours for their work on the Master's Essay by registering for Asian Studies 799, Master's Essay in Japanese Studies. Completion of the Master's Essay Reader Form is the first step toward registration in the course. Registration into this course requires electronic override approval before it can be processed by CRISP. Once the Master's Essay Reader Form has been approved by the MA Program Advisor, the Center will initiate an electronic override which will enable the student to enroll in the course through CRISP. Students in joint degree programs should refer to appropriate sections of this handbook for alternative requirements on course credit.


Students are advised to plan ahead and to provide the readers with adequate time to evaluate the thesis. It is strongly suggested that the students submit the final draft of their thesis to the readers at least four weeks before the graduation deadline to ensure adequate time for faculty evaluation and paperwork processing. Students who plan to graduate in August should be aware that readers may not be available for consultation and evaluation during the spring and summer terms, and should make appropriate arrangements.

Evaluation of the thesis must be completed by both the thesis advisor and the second reader using the Master's Essay Evaluation Form. A copy of this form should be submitted to the advisor and the second reader with the final copy of the thesis. Both the advisor and the second reader must find the thesis to be satisfactory before a final grade for Asian Studies 799 can be issued. It is the student's responsibility to ascertain that the advisor and the second reader have returned the evaluation form to the Center and that the final grade for the course has been submitted to the Registrar's Office.

Japanese Language

The thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to work in the Japanese language. This requirement is generally met through the use of primary and secondary sources in the Japanese language. Students may also meet this requirement in other ways, such as using Japanese language in the data collection process, e.g., conducting interviews or constructing survey instruments in Japanese. Appropriate means to meet this requirement should be determined in consultation with the thesis readers.

Archiving the Master's Essay

A copy of the completed thesis will be archived in the Asia Library. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a bound copy to the Center for Japanese Studies for archiving. Instructions for the preparation of the archive copy is given in the Thesis Handbook: Preparing the Master's Essay, available from the Center. The Master's Essay must be bound with a hard cover; spiral and tape binding is not acceptable. Binding may be done at a number of vendors in Ann Arbor that deal with doctoral dissertations. A list of such binders is available from the Rackham Dissertation Office.

The Master's Essay is not considered complete until the Center receives a properly bound copy. A paid receipt from the binder may be submitted in lieu of the bound copy.

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