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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.



SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

Please click here for registration, or follow this link for more information.

Program Chair: J. Megan Greene,

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.

New CEAS Study Abroad Program

The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

KU Students: Tomorrow CEAS and other KU area studies centers will be in the Kansas Union from 10 to 4 talking about how to add an international dimension to your KU experience. Come check it out!

University of Kansas Homecoming Parade 2014 The University of Kansas celebrated its 102nd Homecoming, "Roll with the 'Hawks,'" Sept. 21-27, 2014. Watch the video to see highlights from some of the week's activities, and from Friday's Homecoming Parade and pep rally featuring our Grand Marshal and KU Alumnus, Rob Riggle. Rock Chalk!

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