CCS 700 - Master's Thesis in Chinese Studies
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Chinese Studies (CCS)
Department: LSA II: KLRR Center for Chinese Studies
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Master's students in Chinese Studies, and permission of instructor.
Grading basis of 'S' or 'U'.
May not be repeated for credit.


The Master's thesis is a substantial research paper reflecting interdisciplinary training and the ability to use Western language literature and Chinese language sources. Thesis research is undertaken under the supervision of a faculty or research associate of the Center of Chinese Studies, usually in the last term of the degree program.

Master's Essay

All M.A. students are expected to complete a substantial research paper reflecting interdisciplinary training and the ability to use the Western language literature and Chinese language sources. The essay must be read and approved by two Center for Chinese Studies faculty members from different disciplines, normally including the advisor, both of whom will grade the thesis. It is the student's responsibility to identify the two faculty members who will agree to serve as readers of the student's thesis. Students who complete the thesis while enrolled are encouraged to register for the thesis writing class in the department of their thesis advisor.

Under exceptional circumstances, students may petition to submit two shorter research papers to substitute for the Master's thesis. The papers can be based on those originally written for a graduate class, and should be of "A" quality. The student's faculty advisor should help the student evaluate what revisions to course papers are necessary to make them of appropriate length and quality. A student intending to file such a petition should consult with the Associate Director of CCS ahead of time to determine whether his or her circumstances merit such a petition. The petition itself should include a formal letter of request and be accompanied by complete copies of both papers. The papers will be reviewed by two faculty readers appointed by the CCS Associate Director.


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