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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

Why Study at KU?

The M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at KU will provide students with high quality academic training on the region and on their country of specialization within East Asia. Our superb faculty and library resources and our situation in the wonderful college town of Lawrence Kansas, all make KU a great place to do an M.A. in Contemporary East Asian Studies.

CEAS has 66 core and affiliated faculty members teaching in 19 departments and seven professional schools at KU. We offer a wide variety of courses fully or partially devoted to East Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea.  All faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields; most have Ph.Ds.  CEAS faculty members are established scholars known for their research, publications, and other academic activities.  Many have considerable experience living and researching in East Asia.

The East Asian Library collection has supported the learning of Chinese, Japanese and Korean and teaching and research on East Asian studies at the University of Kansas for more than 50 years. The holdings of  KU’s East Asian collection are ranked  11th among North America public funded East Asian collections, and 21st among all North America East Asian collections according to 2012 statistics compiled by the Council on East Asian Libraries Statistics. These collections support B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs with East Asian concentrations in numerous departments and professional schools in the humanities and social sciences.

KU attracts students from throughout the U.S. not only for its excellent academic programs, but also because of the low cost of living combined with high quality of life. Located in Lawrence, a college community with a population of 90,000, only 25 miles from Kansas City, KU offers a wide variety of cultural events and academic activities throughout the year. According to the American Institute for Economic Research’s 75 Best College Towns and Cities for 2012-2013, Lawrence has been recognized as the eighth best college town in the nation.


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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. For more information click here, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director: ceasma@ku.edu or 785-864-1478.

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