KU’s FAO Program has a long history. The M.A. program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REES) is one of the nation’s oldest. Since 1990, more than 60 FAOs (both 48Es and 48Cs focusing on Eastern Europe) have completed their M.A.s in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. With the creation of the FASt M.A. concentration on Contemporary East Asia in a Global Context , KU will be one of the few universities in the United States to offer a 12-month FAO M.A. program focusing on East Asia.
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 will be 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.
FAO MA Track
FAOs interested in the CEAS M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies will apply for Foreign Affairs Studies (FASt): Contemporary East Asia in a Global Context. The FASt concentration will require FAOs to complete 30 credit hours (10 courses): four required core courses and six elective courses including at least three courses on the FAO’s East Asian countries of concentration and at least two courses on a separate East Asian country. A wide range of course options across academic disciplines will enable FAOs to earn expertise in their target country while also enhancing their regional knowledge and global perspectives.
If you wish to learn more about the coming M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas, please contact:
Randy Masten, Assistant Director
Office of Graduate Military Programs
Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director
Center for East Asian Studies
To learn more about the admission criteria and application process, please go to How to Apply.