The dissertation, which must make an original contribution to knowledge, may deal with any subject approved by the dissertation committee. The dissertation must be written in English and must demonstrate the student’s capacity to make critical use of source material in one or more East Asian languages.
There is no departmental requirement regarding the length of the dissertation. As a rule, however, most dissertations fall somewhere between 300 and 500 typed, double-spaced pages. Shorter dissertations may be accepted; students are encouraged not to exceed 600 pages.