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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.



News and Updates

Congratulations to Kyoim Yun, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, who has received a Korea Foundation Field Research Grant for the coming academic year! Her project is entitled “The Temple Stay in South Korea: Searching for Peace in Uncertain Times.”

We would also like to congratulate Yao Li, a Lecturer with the Center for East Asian Studies, who is heading to Harvard Kennedy School this fall for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation! Li's research examines the political outcomes of social protests in China.

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CEAS M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas now offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies. This interdisciplinary area studies program provides students with high quality academic training on the region and on their country of specialization within East Asia. 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.

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