M.A./Ph.D. Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MAAS)

MAAS offers two tracks based on choice of exit option, Thesis (30 credits) or Master's Essay (Non-Thesis) (30 credits).

Up to 30 credits earned for the MA in Asian Studies will count towards the 75 credits required for the PhD in GSS. Exceptions can be made based on the needs of the doctoral program.

Core Coursework (6 credits)

  • ASN 5050 Methods in Asian Studies
  • ASN 5315 Topics in Modern Asia

Courses required for GSS Track (12 credits)

  • ISS 6305 Research Design and Methods
  • SYA 6127 Theory and Inquiry
  • ISS 6317 Social Research Quantitative Methods
  • SYA 6959 Writing Research Proposals

Asian Studies Courses (6 credits)

6 credits Asia-specific courses pertaining to main concentration (from courses listed below):

  • SYD 5656 Global Japan
  • SYD 6418 Graduate Seminar in Urban Sociology
  • SYD 6655 Seminar on Social Change in Asia
  • SYD4654 State and Society in China

Language Requirement

Depending on the research topic students may be required to demonstrate language competency by the Asian Studies Graduate Committee.

MAAS Exit Options, Thesis or Master's Essay (Non-Thesis)

Thesis Exit Option (3 credits):

  • ASN 6972 Thesis

Master's Essay (Non-Thesis) Exit Option (6 credits):

  • ASN 6912 Master’s Essay (3 credits) and one additional Asia-specific course (3 credits)

Ph.D in Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS)

The doctorate in Global and Sociocultural Studies requires a minimum of 75 credits beyond the baccalaureate including a dissertation based on original research, up to 33 credits of the MA in AS will count toward the 75-credit minimum. Thus, a minimum of 42 credits must be earned beyond the MA.

Major Courses (36 credits)

All doctoral students will choose a major in Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology. The following distribution of coursework is required:

a) Major theory methods (3)

b) Major methods (3)

c) Major course electives (9 minimum)

  • Doctoral Exam Preparation (6 maximum)
  • Doctoral Dissertation (15 minimum)

General Electives (6 credits)

GSS and non-GSS Department electives

Ph.D. General Examination

After successfully completing the common core requirements, the major's course requirements, and electives, a student prepares for the Ph.D. General Exam by enrolling in a maximum of six credits of exam preparation for their major. In preparation for the exam, a student forms a dissertation committee according to the regulations published on the University Graduate School web page http://gradschool.fiu.edu/. The Ph.D. General Exam addresses the student’s anticipated dissertation topic, and is conducted according to the University Graduate School Policies and Procedures Manual and the Department’s Ph.D. General Exam guidelines.

The Dissertation Proposal and Defense/Candidacy Exam

After passing the Ph.D. General Exam, a student works under the guidance of the dissertation committee to prepare a dissertation proposal and defend it orally before the committee. The chair of the dissertation committee must hold Dissertation Advisor Status from the University Graduate School. The proposal defense serves as the doctoral candidacy exam for the Ph.D. program in Global and Sociocultural Studies. Upon passing the proposal defense, a student is admitted to candidacy status.