East Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. East Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. As the multi-ethnic population continues to grow faster in America than monolingual English-speaking whites (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002), the presence of Asian languages is more visible than ever. This trend is continually increasing the demand for instructors of these languages at colleges and universities.
The mission of the department’s new concentration in East Asian Languages and Linguistics is to prepare students for college-level teaching positions in Japanese or Korean or for government and industry jobs that require high proficiency in a language and where expertise in linguistics is an additional asset. The concentration in East Asian Languages and Linguistics balances theory with practice to combine training in the most relevant courses in Linguistics and language acquisition/pedagogy in Japanese or Korean, with the goal of preparing students to teach one of these languages at the college level.
March 1: All international MA/MS applicants
April 1: All domestic MA/MS applicants
Application reviews begin January 15 of each year, and continue throughout the spring semester.
The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). Students may be eligible for an application fee waiver courtesy of the CAS Dean's Office. To learn more, please visit the College of Arts and Sciences. If they qualify for a waiver, students may then submit their MS application for formal review without the application fee, provided the fee waiver application has also been submitted and accepted.
In colleges and universities across the U.S., dozens of full-time instructor positions regularly come available for graduates with expertise in Japanese and Korean. Additionally, the Defense Language Institute is keen to train military personnel in the East Asian languages, and seeks to hire qualified teachers. With this degree, graduates may also pursue professional careers in government, business, NGO, and translation services in all fields, such as legal/social/immigration services, academic, research, art, culture, technology, and entertainment.
Students who are not native speakers of the specialization language are required to complete or test out of the Fourth Year, Second Semester course in the language. A study abroad experience for the language is also strongly encouraged.
|Credit Hours: 30|
|Core Courses (12 Credits)|| |
|Core Electives (15 Credits)|
Two core linguistics courses (6 credits)
Two 500/600-level courses in linguistics (6 credits)
One course from the following Learning and Instruction courses (3 credits)
|Teaching Practicum (2 Credits)|| |
|Portfolio Guidance (1 Credit)|| |