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Course Requirements

The course requirements for the Accelerated Master’s in Cotemporary East Asian Studies are fulfilled by a combination of 12 hours of graduate credit courses taken while still an undergraduate degree-seeking student, which count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 18 hours of graduate credit courses taken in a final year of graduate study. 

The student must be approved to begin coursework toward the Accelerated Master’s prior to enrolling in any courses that are to count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

Requirements for the B.A. Major (see GIST Undergraduate page)

A. International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. (One course from the following list, plus GIST 220.)

Select one course from the following list:

 

ANTH 108

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3-4

or ANTH 109

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors

or ANTH 308

Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 160

The Varieties of Human Experience

3

or ANTH 162

The Varieties of Human Experience, Honors

or ANTH 360

The Varieties of Human Experience

ECON 104

Introductory Economics

4

or ECON 105

Introductory Economics, Honors

ECON 144

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or ECON 145

Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors

GEOG 100

World Regional Geography

3

or GEOG 101

World Regional Geography, Honors

GEOG 102

People, Place, and Society

3

or GEOG 103

Principles of Human Geography, Honors

GIST 210

Culture and Health

3

GIST 215

A Global History of Money: Aristotle to Bitcoin

3

HIST/EVRN 103

Environment and History

3

HIST/EVRN/GEOG 140

Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change

5

or HIST 144

Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors

HIST/EVRN/GEOG 142

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization

5

or HIST 145

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors

POLS 150

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

or POLS 151

Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors

POLS 170

Introduction to International Politics

3

or POLS 171

Introduction to International Politics Honors

REL 106

Asian Religions

3

or REL 108

Asian Religions, Honors

REL 107

Jews, Christians, Muslims

3

or REL 109

Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors

SOC 130

Comparative Societies

3

or SOC 131

Comparative Societies, Honors

 

Introduction to Global and International Studies Satisfied by: (3)

3

GIST 220

Introduction to Global and International Studies

 
     

 

B. Issues in Global Studies

Issues in Global Studies. (9 hours/3 units)  Majors must take 3 courses from an approved list of GIST courses focusing on contemporary global themes on subjects such as human trafficking, the global environment, terrorism, transnational migration and borders, global issues in gender, citizenship, indigenous peoples, the global economic system, and globalization.  Courses offered as: GIST 550: Issues in Global Studies:__________ are always approved to fulfill this requirement. Students intending to apply to the Accelerated CEAS MA program should make every effort to complete these courses in their 2ndand 3rdyear.

Issues in Global Studies (9 hours, 3 units) (9)

9

GIST 305

World Indigenous Literatures

 

GIST 306

Global Environmental Literature

 

GIST 308

Key Themes in Modern Global History

 

GIST 314

Globalization: History and Theory

 

GIST 354

Globalization: A Geographic Approach

 

GIST 371

Environmental Geopolitics

 

GIST 376

Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas

 

GIST 465

Genocide and Ethnocide

 

GIST 495

Global Internship

 

GIST 529

Globalization

 

GIST 550

Issues in Global Studies: _____

 

GIST 555

Seminar in Urban Geography

 

GIST 560

The Literature of Human Rights

 

GIST 565

Gender, Culture, and Migration

 

GIST 570

Anthropology of Violence

 

GIST 582

Geopolitics and Genocide

 

GIST 601

Indigenous Peoples of the World

 

GIST 667

Islam and Politics

 

GIST 686

International Human Rights

 

SOC 425

Sociology of Global Health

 

SOC 521

Wealth, Power, and Inequality

 

SOC 534

Global Ethnic and Racial Relations

 

SOC 573

Sociology of Violence

 

SOC 629

Sociology of Sport

 

 
C. International Studies Electives

Global & International Studies International Electives

Majors must take 3 courses from the list of approved international elective courses. Students in the Accelerated CEAS MA should consult with a faulty advisor to select courses that will develop their knowledge of a specific area in East Asian Studies.Students must take two of the three courses (6 credit hours) after approved to begin coursework in the Accelerated program.  They will count toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The following list shows many of the approved East Asia-related international electives that also fulfill the CEAS MA requirements. To see a full list of approved courses for the international electives, consult our website.  Other courses may also be approved in consultation with the department.

EALC 519

Contemporary Chinese Fiction & Film

 

EALC 520/HIST 640

Entrepreneurship in East Asia

 

EALC 530

China’s Cultural Legacy

 

EALC 541

Asian Film

 

EALC 543

Contemporary Japanese Film

 

EALC 555/REL 555

Buddhists and Buddhism in China

 

EALC 575

Love, Sexuality & Gender in Japanese Literature

 

EALC 580

Popular Cultures of East Asia

 

EALC 590

Topics in East Asian Lang. & Culture: ____

 

EALC/HIST 584

Modern China

 

EALC 585/POLS 668

Reform in Contemporary China

 

EALC 589

Japan since 1945

 

EALC 610

Minorities in Japan

 

EALC 656

Government and Politics of East Asia

 

EALC/POLS 676

International Relations of Asia

 

EALC/GIST/POLS 678

Chinese Foreign Policy

 

ECON 586

Economic Issues in China

 

HA 554

Japanese Prints

 

HA 562

Ceramics of Korea

 

HA 587

Japanese Sculpture

 

HA 588

Modern & Contemporary Visual Arts in Japan

 

HA 589

Japanese Art Encounters with Europe & the US

 

HIST 590

Cultural History of Korea

 

HIST 603

History of Tibet

 

HIST 604

Contemporary Greater China

 

REL 508

Religion in China

 

REL 509

Religion in Japan

 

REL 510

Religion in Korea

 

D. Hours and Major GPA

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 11 units (minimum of 31 credit hours) of major courses.

Major Hours in GIST
Satisfied by a minimum of 6 GIST courses in the major. 

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator

E. Additional Language Requirement (3-5 hours/1 course)

Students in the Accelerated CEAS MA program must complete the BA 4th semester language proficiency requirements in an East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Uyghur).  In addition, these students are required to complete one additional language course (300 level or above) in their target East Asian Language. 

 
F. Capstone Research Coursework (minimum 6 hours/2 units)

The following courses must be completed after the student has been approved to begin coursework in the Accelerated program.  Students must complete GIST 610 in the penultimate semester of undergraduate study, and CEAS 710 and GIST 698/GIST 699 in the final semester of undergraduate study.  GIST 610 will count toward both BA and MA degree requirements.  CEAS 710 will count toward MA degree requirements. 

  • GIST 610: Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts
  • CEAS 710: Research Design for International Area Studies
  • GIST 698: Capstone seminar or GIST 699: Capstone Seminar, Honors 

 

Requirements for the M.A. Degree 

In addition to the 12 credit hours of graduate coursework taken while an undergraduate, students must complete an additional 18 credit hours of graduate coursework, for a total of 30 hours of graduate credit.  At least 15 of the 30 credit hours must be taken at the 700 level or above.  

A. Required Courses

A. Two (2) Required Courses:

  • CEAS 704: Contemporary East Asia
  • CEAS 898: Thesis & Research Project Writing
B. Elective Courses

A. Four (4) Elective Courses must meet the following criteria. These elective criteria also apply to the two (2) elective graduate courses taken during the 4thyear:

  • At least three (3) courses on the student’s declared country of concentration (China, Korea, or Japan)
  • Four (4) of the courses must be in the social sciences 
  • No more than two (2) courses can focus on periods prior to the 20th century
  • No more than three (3) hours of directed readings can be counted

Please go to https://ceas.ku.edu/courses to view a complete listing of graduate courses. The course list is updated every semester prior to enrollment.  

Students who plan to continue to move on to a Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to pursue language at the third level or higher. 

Examination Requirements

Students must prepare a research paper and successfully pass an oral defense of that paper to the satisfaction of an M.A. examination committee. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Progression Requirements

Given the accelerated nature of this program, each student’s progress will be closely monitored at various points during the program:

  1. Once approved to begin graduate coursework in the Junior year, the student will meet with the CEAS Academic Director of Graduate Studies and the Undergraduate Advisor for Global and International Studies to plan the final year of undergraduate study.
  2. In the final semester of undergraduate study, the Director of Graduate Studies will review the student’s performance in all graduate EAS coursework.  The student must earn a B or better in each of these courses to be eligible for regular graduate admission.  
  3. Following completion and award of the undergraduate degree, the admitted student will again meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to review the courses taken in the final year of undergraduate study and review/update the course plan for the final year of graduate study. The student’s performance in the final semester of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will be evaluated.  
  4. The student will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses for graduate credit toward the CEAS MA degree until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.

 


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