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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas will offer a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. This 12-month interdisciplinary area studies program focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia will provide students with

1. in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of the modern history, politics, economy, and society of one East Asian country;
2. broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and
3. social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies.

A wide range of course options across academic disciplines will enable students to earn expertise in their target country while also enhancing their regional knowledge and global perspectives. With the creation of this program, KU has become one of the few universities in the United States to offer an M.A. program focusing on contemporary East Asia that can be completed in 12 months by students with prior language preparation.

All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit, including an introductory course, a social science research methods course, and a research seminar, at a satisfactory level, and to demonstrate proficiency in an East Asian Language at either the second or third level, depending on the concentration.

There are two concentrations to choose from: 1. Contemporary East Asia 2) Foreign Affairs Studies (FASt): Contemporary East Asia in Global Content.

If you are a Foreign Area Officer interested in our program, please read Information for FAOs.



New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

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