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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.


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 www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) 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.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

KU Students: Are you thinking about applying for scholarships over winter break? Find information on University scholarships at the link shared below. For scholarships specific to East Asia, follow this link: http://ceas.ku.edu/scholarships.
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