Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Chinese Cultural Studies


Organized by and run through the East Asian Studies Center Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Chinese Cultural Studies (GIS in CCS) offers graduate students a basic familiarity with scholarship on a culture that comprises roughly a quarter of the world's population and that promises to play a steadily increasing role in the 21st century.

Whether you're a graduate student interested in one particular disciplinary approach to China (such as Chinese history, Chinese art history, Chinese literature, Chinese anthropology, or Chinese politics) or a professional school student not majoring in Asian studies but interested in acquiring a basic familiarity with issues critical to working in or researching this part of the world, the GIS in CCS offers you an opportunity to gain what is sometimes a luxury in structured disciplinary graduate programs: the opportunity to make intellectual connections with faculty and students of related interests but from different disciplinary approaches. Such breadth of intellectual exchange—both in terms of content and mehodology—will certainly strengthen your research in your own field; but, more important, from a practical point of view, completing the program will better prepare you to assume responsibilities in positions that increasingly expect interdisciplinary qualifications.

Program Requirements 

GIS in CCS students choose at least four semester courses (a minimum of 12 credits) from the GIS in CCS course list; courses not included on the list may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Studies Chair. Three of the four courses must be selected from outside the student's home department. No more than two courses may be from a single department. And, no more than one course may be a language course, although Chinese language study is strongly encouraged as a background to the specialization.

Chinese Studies at OSU

OSU's GIS in CCS program additionally affords graduate students some of the intellectual and practical benefits that come with the strength of OSU's faculty in the area of Chinese Studies. Currently, more than 20 faculty members in a dozen departments focus their research and teaching on China; complete list of faculty members.
In addition to the required curriculum, faculty in the specialization offer a rotating sequence of public lectures or brownbags that are publicized by the Institute for Chinese Studies and enrolled students are invited to attend these events. 

Program Administration

The GIS in CCS program is administered by a graduate studies committee made up of graduate faculty whose courses are included in the program's curriculum. Administration of the committee and the program is conducted by a faculty member who is serving simultaneously as Director of the Institute for Chinese Studies. All applications and program files are managed by the East Asian Studies Center.


The below document is a list of pre-approved coursework for the GIS in CCS:
Additional courses may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Application Procedure

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Chinese Cultural Studies (GIS in CCS) accepts applications from OSU graduate students year-round, utilizing the following procedure:
1. The student completes the "Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization Program Form [pdf]," available on the Graduate School's website. Note that this form requires specific coursework to be listed; the list of pre-approved courses for the GIS in CCS can be found above. Upon obtaining his/her advisor's signature, the student then submits the form to the East Asian Studies Center (address below). This form serves as the application to enroll in the interdisciplinary specialization.
2. The Chair of the GIS in CCS Graduate Studies Committee reviews and signs the application form and sends a copy of the completed Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization Program Form to the Graduate School and to the Graduate Studies Committee Chairperson of the student's primary graduate program.
3. The GIS in CCS Graduate Studies Committee sends the student an acknowledgement indicating whether or not the request is approved, and sends a copy to the Graduate School and the student's primary Graduate Studies Committee.
4. The student must adhere to the curriculum of the GIS in CCS program as indicated on the approved Graduate Interdisciplinary Program Form. If changes in the approved curriculum are necessary, the student must complete a new Graduate Interdisciplinary Program Form following the above steps. Departures from the approved Interdisciplinary Specialization Program could lead to the specialization not appearing on the student's transcript. Upon completion of the GIS in CCS coursework, the student must submit the "Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization Transcript Designation Form [pdf]" to the East Asian Studies Center.

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