Founded in 1959, the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Kansas is the only East Asian resource center in the Great Plains region. CEAS supports East Asian language instruction and promotes East Asian studies across the curriculum. 67 affiliated faculty members teach in 29 departments and 10 professional schools at KU, offering over 250 courses fully or partially devoted to East Asia.
CEAS expects to begin offering an M.A. in Contemporary East Asian Studies that has a social science emphasis in 2014. B.A. and M.A. degrees in East Asian languages and literatures are offered through our Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). B.A. degrees with an East Asian concentration can be earned in other departments, such as History. East Asian M.A. degrees are offered in Religious Studies and EALC and the Law School share a joint J.D.-M.A. program. A Ph.D. with an East Asian emphasis can be earned in 9 or more departments (Anthropology, Communications Studies, Economics, Geography, History, History of Art, Political Science, Sociology, and Film and Media Studies) and the School of Education.
Language and Discipline Programs
We offer a full range of instruction in the 3 major East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. We also offer 2 levels of Uyghur and Tibetan. East Asian area studies courses are offered in Anthropology, Business, Classics, Communications Studies, EALC (literature, folklore, thought, etc.), Economics, Film and Media Studies, Geography, History, History of Art, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Welfare, Sociology, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The Center works closely with the Study Abroad Office to promote undergraduate and graduate study in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, and collaborates with the Office of International Programs on direct exchange programs, hosting visiting scholars, and career planning events.
67 faculty provide an East Asian focus in 29 departments and 10 professional schools. 39 (including 2 tenure-track East Asian librarians) are 100% East Asian faculty. Another 16 make East Asian subjects and perspectives a significant part of their teaching. All hold the highest degrees in their fields, usually the Ph.D. CEAS faculty are well known for their research in international scholarly circles and have extensive experience living and working in East Asia.
CEAS provides curricular initiatives, faculty development, student support, conferences, symposia, exhibitions, performances, and electronic publications. The Center supports interdisciplinary teaching and the creation of new East Asian language and culture courses. It also offers academic and career advising, study abroad support, and scholarships and awards for both undergraduate and graduate students. For teachers and students in regional schools it offers classroom visits, instructional resources, and teacher workshops. For the community we provide a wide variety of programming and activities with East Asian content.
The KU East Asian Library is the key East Asian resource in the Great Plains region. As of June 2013, the total holdings of the East Asia Library consisted of approximately 330,000 items, including 287,728 print volumes, 29,209 ebooks, and 13,182 other materials. Journal and eJournal titles include 4,746 in Chinese, 1,419 in Japanese, and 5,069 in Korean. The East Asian Library is among the top 20 collections in the U.S. and 10th among public funded collections. The catalog is accessible on-line. Two professional East Asian bibliographers, one in Chinese and Korean and one in Japanese, assist faculty, students, and visitors, and maintain outreach internet sites.
CEAS's professional Outreach Coordinator develops materials and arranges a rich array of programs for school, civic, business, and government groups. She conducts workshops, organizes conferences, arranges visits to KU, maintains the CEAS Speakers Bureau, and oversees the student production of the newsletter. She also works closely with the education departments of KU and regional museums, the Kansas City Zoo, and the Lied Center (performing arts).