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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

Requirements for the FASt concentration: Contemporary East Asia in Global Context

Students selecting this concentration will usually enter the program with at least two years of college-level training in an East Asian language or completion of the Defense Language Institute (DLI) and have lived in the country of focus for at least six months.  Students who do not meet the language proficiency requirement on admission and must take beginning and/or intermediate language courses will not be able to complete the program in 12 months.

All candidates for this concentration are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit, including four (4) required core courses and 6 elective courses. Students in this concentration seek to understand their country of concentration a global as well as regional context, and thus the core includes two courses in Global and International Studies.

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Credit Hours

CEAS 700 Contemporary East Asia


GIST 701 Approaches to International Studies


GIST 710 Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts or a graduate level social science or history methodology course approved by the CEAS graduate advisor.


CEAS 802 Research Seminar


Six elective courses: at least three courses on one country (China, Korea, or Japan) and two on another country; four of these courses must be in the social sciences, no more than three can be in a single discipline, and no more than two can focus on periods prior to the 20th century.  A maximum of 3 hours of directed reading be counted toward the required 30 hours.







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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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