Graduate Study in Chinese History

Introduction

Throughout this web site you will find a wide range of information regarding our faculty, our students, and our program.  The website is intended to help you gain a better sense of who we are and how our program - one of the finest and most successful in North America - has prepared our graduates for careers both within and outside the academia. You are also very welcome to contact us with any questions. 

Overview

The History department at UBC boasts an unusually large contingent of faculty members who have strong research and teaching interests in China. In terms of time, we are primarily specialists of the later imperial and modern periods (roughly from fourteenth century to the recent past); in terms of space, our faculty members are obviously interested in the political and cultural centers (and the historical problems associated with them), but we are also particularly intrigued by China's interactions with its borders and beyond (issues related to, for example, the Chinese diaspora, ethnic minorities, foreign relations, state expansion, trade, translation, etc.); and in terms of themes and approaches, our faculty members and students are interested in a wide range of historical questions and methodologies, many of which have been inspired by conversations generated at the various China-related seminars, workshops, and conferences that could be found on campus throughout the academic year.

Prospective students are encouraged to follow the links on this web site to learn more about the research interests of our faculty members and students as well the range of China-related activities and resources at UBC.

Application

Prospective students who are interested in applying to the graduate program in History at UBC should review the Department's procedures and requirements. While faculty members from different departments do work closely together, students whose research interests are in the field of Chinese literary history, Chinese religion, or Chinese thought might find it more appropriate to explore the graduate programs offered by Asian Studies.

Notes on language

In addition to the formal requirements, by the time they begin their program, students are strongly encouraged to have had at least three academic years of training (or its equivalent) of Chinese. For students whose research interests are on pre-twentieth-century China, having attained a basic reading knowledge of classical Chinese is highly desirable. Over the course of their study, students will also be encouraged to develop a reading knowledge of Japanese.

Notes on inquiry

Prospective students are welcome to contact potential advisors prior to submitting their applications. To facilitate communication, interested students are encouraged to send along their research proposals (which should include some reflections on relevant secondary literature as well as potential primary sources). Unfortunately, due to the volume of mail individual faculty members might receive, it is not always possible for us to respond promptly. Do rest assured, however, that all completed applications will be consideredly carefully. 

Programs

M.A.

Students should consult the History department's requirements for the M.A. program.

Ph.D.

Students should consult the History department's requirements for the Ph.D. program.

Courses and Related Programs

UBC is one of North America's premier institutions for the study of China. Students are welcome to take advantage of the wide range of courses offered by the History faculty, and they are encouraged to take classes and work with faculty members from other departments (from Asian Studies to Theatre and Film). Please follow the links on this web site for more information on related departments and faculty members.