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Requirements for the M.A. in Contemporary East Asia Concentration

Proficiency in an East Asian language is not required for admission to this program, but proficiency at the second (intermediate) level is required for the degree. Credit earned in introductory and intermediate language courses will not count toward the 30 hours required. If such courses are taken after admission, they will add substantial time to the program. 

Candidates in this concentration are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit, including 3 required core courses and 7 elective courses.

For current students, please see the CEAS MA course planning worksheet

Course Name

Credit Hours

CEAS 704 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary East Asia


CEAS 710 Interdisciplinary Research Designs for Global Contexts, or a graduate level social science or history methodology course approved by the CEAS graduate advisor.


CEAS 898 Research Project Writing


7 elective courses: at least 3 courses on 1 country (China, Korea, or Japan) and 2 on another country; 4 of these courses must be in the social sciences, no more than 3 can be in a single discipline, and no more than 2 can focus on periods prior to the 20th century. 2 advanced East Asian language courses can be included. A maximum of 3 hours of directed reading be counted toward the required 30 hours.






East Asia Events

During Spring 2022, there will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please check our events page & follow us on social media @KUEastAsia for updates. 


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