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Course Requirements

The course requirements for the Accelerated Master’s in Cotemporary East Asian Studies are fulfilled by a combination of 12 hours of graduate credit courses taken while still an undergraduate degree-seeking student, which count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 18 hours of graduate credit courses taken in a final year of graduate study. 

The student must be approved to begin coursework toward the Accelerated Master’s prior to enrolling in any courses that are to count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

Requirements for the B.A. Major (see GIST Undergraduate page)

A. International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. (One course from the following list, plus GIST 220.)

Select one course from the following list:


ANTH 108

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


or ANTH 109

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors

or ANTH 308

Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 160

The Varieties of Human Experience


or ANTH 162

The Varieties of Human Experience, Honors

or ANTH 360

The Varieties of Human Experience

ECON 104

Introductory Economics


or ECON 105

Introductory Economics, Honors

ECON 144

Principles of Macroeconomics


or ECON 145

Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors

GEOG 100

World Regional Geography


or GEOG 101

World Regional Geography, Honors

GEOG 102

People, Place, and Society


or GEOG 103

Principles of Human Geography, Honors

GIST 210

Culture and Health


GIST 215

A Global History of Money: Aristotle to Bitcoin



Environment and History



Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change


or HIST 144

Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors


Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization


or HIST 145

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors

POLS 150

Introduction to Comparative Politics


or POLS 151

Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors

POLS 170

Introduction to International Politics


or POLS 171

Introduction to International Politics Honors

REL 106

Asian Religions


or REL 108

Asian Religions, Honors

REL 107

Jews, Christians, Muslims


or REL 109

Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors

SOC 130

Comparative Societies


or SOC 131

Comparative Societies, Honors


Introduction to Global and International Studies Satisfied by: (3)


GIST 220

Introduction to Global and International Studies



B. Issues in Global Studies

Issues in Global Studies. (9 hours/3 units)  Majors must take 3 courses from an approved list of GIST courses focusing on contemporary global themes on subjects such as human trafficking, the global environment, terrorism, transnational migration and borders, global issues in gender, citizenship, indigenous peoples, the global economic system, and globalization.  Courses offered as: GIST 550: Issues in Global Studies:__________ are always approved to fulfill this requirement. Students intending to apply to the Accelerated CEAS MA program should make every effort to complete these courses in their 2ndand 3rdyear.

Issues in Global Studies (9 hours, 3 units) (9)


GIST 305

World Indigenous Literatures


GIST 306

Global Environmental Literature


GIST 308

Key Themes in Modern Global History


GIST 314

Globalization: History and Theory


GIST 354

Globalization: A Geographic Approach


GIST 371

Environmental Geopolitics


GIST 376

Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas


GIST 465

Genocide and Ethnocide


GIST 495

Global Internship


GIST 529



GIST 550

Issues in Global Studies: _____


GIST 555

Seminar in Urban Geography


GIST 560

The Literature of Human Rights


GIST 565

Gender, Culture, and Migration


GIST 570

Anthropology of Violence


GIST 582

Geopolitics and Genocide


GIST 601

Indigenous Peoples of the World


GIST 667

Islam and Politics


GIST 686

International Human Rights


SOC 425

Sociology of Global Health


SOC 521

Wealth, Power, and Inequality


SOC 534

Global Ethnic and Racial Relations


SOC 573

Sociology of Violence


SOC 629

Sociology of Sport


C. International Studies Electives

Global & International Studies International Electives

Majors must take 3 courses from the list of approved international elective courses. Students in the Accelerated CEAS MA should consult with a faulty advisor to select courses that will develop their knowledge of a specific area in East Asian Studies.Students must take two of the three courses (6 credit hours) after approved to begin coursework in the Accelerated program.  They will count toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The following list shows many of the approved East Asia-related international electives that also fulfill the CEAS MA requirements. To see a full list of approved courses for the international electives, consult our website.  Other courses may also be approved in consultation with the department.

EALC 519

Contemporary Chinese Fiction & Film


EALC 520/HIST 640

Entrepreneurship in East Asia


EALC 530

China’s Cultural Legacy


EALC 541

Asian Film


EALC 543

Contemporary Japanese Film


EALC 555/REL 555

Buddhists and Buddhism in China


EALC 575

Love, Sexuality & Gender in Japanese Literature


EALC 580

Popular Cultures of East Asia


EALC 590

Topics in East Asian Lang. & Culture: ____



Modern China


EALC 585/POLS 668

Reform in Contemporary China


EALC 589

Japan since 1945


EALC 610

Minorities in Japan


EALC 656

Government and Politics of East Asia



International Relations of Asia



Chinese Foreign Policy


ECON 586

Economic Issues in China


HA 554

Japanese Prints


HA 562

Ceramics of Korea


HA 587

Japanese Sculpture


HA 588

Modern & Contemporary Visual Arts in Japan


HA 589

Japanese Art Encounters with Europe & the US


HIST 590

Cultural History of Korea


HIST 603

History of Tibet


HIST 604

Contemporary Greater China


REL 508

Religion in China


REL 509

Religion in Japan


REL 510

Religion in Korea


D. Hours and Major GPA

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 11 units (minimum of 31 credit hours) of major courses.

Major Hours in GIST
Satisfied by a minimum of 6 GIST courses in the major. 

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator

E. Additional Language Requirement (3-5 hours/1 course)

Students in the Accelerated CEAS MA program must complete the BA 4th semester language proficiency requirements in an East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, or Uyghur).  In addition, these students are required to complete one additional language course (300 level or above) in their target East Asian Language. 

F. Capstone Research Coursework (minimum 6 hours/2 units)

The following courses must be completed after the student has been approved to begin coursework in the Accelerated program.  Students must complete GIST 610 in the penultimate semester of undergraduate study, and CEAS 710 and GIST 698/GIST 699 in the final semester of undergraduate study.  GIST 610 will count toward both BA and MA degree requirements.  CEAS 710 will count toward MA degree requirements. 

  • GIST 610: Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts
  • CEAS 710: Research Design for International Area Studies
  • GIST 698: Capstone seminar or GIST 699: Capstone Seminar, Honors 


Requirements for the M.A. Degree 

In addition to the 12 credit hours of graduate coursework taken while an undergraduate, students must complete an additional 18 credit hours of graduate coursework, for a total of 30 hours of graduate credit.  At least 15 of the 30 credit hours must be taken at the 700 level or above.  


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. 

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

A. Required Courses
  • CEAS 704: Contemporary East Asia
  • CEAS 898: Thesis & Research Project Writing
  • CEAS 892: Reserach Seminar 
B. Elective Courses

Seven (7) Elective Courses must meet the following criteria. These elective criteria also apply to the two (2) elective graduate courses taken during the 4thyear:

  • At least three (3) courses on the student’s declared country of concentration (China, Korea, or Japan)
  • Four (4) of the courses must be in the social sciences 
  • No more than two (2) courses can focus on periods prior to the 20th century
  • No more than three (3) hours of directed readings can be counted

Please go to to view a complete listing of graduate courses. The course list is updated every semester prior to enrollment.  

Students who plan to continue to move on to a Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to pursue language at the third level or higher. 

Examination Requirements

Students must prepare a research paper and successfully pass an oral defense of that paper to the satisfaction of an M.A. examination committee. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Progression Requirements

Given the accelerated nature of this program, each student’s progress will be closely monitored at various points during the program:

  1. Once approved to begin graduate coursework in the Junior year, the student will meet with the CEAS Academic Director of Graduate Studies and the Undergraduate Advisor for Global and International Studies to plan the final year of undergraduate study.
  2. In the final semester of undergraduate study, the Director of Graduate Studies will review the student’s performance in all graduate EAS coursework.  The student must earn a B or better in each of these courses to be eligible for regular graduate admission.  
  3. Following completion and award of the undergraduate degree, the admitted student will again meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to review the courses taken in the final year of undergraduate study and review/update the course plan for the final year of graduate study. The student’s performance in the final semester of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will be evaluated.  
  4. The student will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses for graduate credit toward the CEAS MA degree until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.


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