Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Welcome to Graduate Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University, where we offer graduate students access to a world-renowned interdisciplinary graduate faculty, an international cohort of engaged graduate student scholars, and an exciting part of the world at the epicenter of critical contemporary debates crucial to understanding the role of language and cultural studies in the 21st century.

The School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University offers graduate programs leading to doctoral degrees in Chinese or Spanish, and master’s degrees in Asian Studies (Chinese or Japanese focus), French, German, or Spanish. Within each degree program, students encounter a unique mixture of foundational and cutting-edge curricula that provide firm grounding in a disciplinary field and an opportunity to explore beyond those disciplinary boundaries. At their core, all seven degree programs provide graduate training in linguistics, literature, and cultural studies with focal points across a range of historical periods, diverse geographical regions, and multiple theoretical approaches. A dynamic intellectual environment is cultivated through invited speakers, lecture series, graduate student reading groups, and campus-wide events, conferences, and symposia. In addition, we provide substantial training in pedagogical theory and practice, and opportunities to teach at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.

School of International Letters and Cultures graduate programs also offer numerous opportunities for international study, professional development, and mentoring. Courses and programs on the ASU campus are complemented by study abroad options in countries around the world. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for major national and international grants (Boren, DAAD, Fulbright, Goethe Institute, Mellon, Chinese Ministry of Education, National Central Library Fellowships in Sinology, Taiwan Ministry of Education, etc.) to support work in archives, institutes, and universities in the countries that constitute their focus. 

Mentoring is a key component of the school's graduate experience, ranging from assistance with grant applications, to opportunities for independent research, guidance for thesis/dissertation preparation, and counseling for pursuing a career post-degree. In conjunction with the Graduate College, the School of International Letters and Cultures offers a variety of workshops and presentations for professional development, as well as individual mentoring with the core graduate faculty.

We invite you to learn more about each of these programs by following the accompanying links, or by contacting individual faculty members, current graduate students, or the graduate student coordinator.