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East Asian Languages and Literatures

Master's Degree in East Asian Languages & Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas is the only department in Kansas offering a regular program of instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia.  Our students work closely with faculty who conduct internationally recognized research in fields from ancient China to the 21st century, including literature, film, linguistics, language pedagogy, paleography, popular culture, the history of gender and sexuality in all periods of China, pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, and Korean anthropology and folklore, as well as modern and contemporary Korean history.  Students with other interests are also encouraged to apply.

The program is interdisciplinary. M.A. candidates may take courses outside of EALC in Art History, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology, among others.  In addition, the KU East Asian Collection ranks among the top 20 collections in North America, and 11th among publicly funded collections in the U.S. Specialist librarians are in charge of a collection that has over 323,000 items with over 315,000 in volumes and more than 3660 print periodical titles, with access to about 19,000 online periodical titles.  For more information, see https://lib.ku.edu/east-asian-collection/about.

Students concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or East Asian Cultures, usually entering the program with at least two years of college-level language. The program typically takes two years to complete, and now includes a Thesis option and a Non-thesis option.

Suitably qualified applicants to our graduate program may apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantships with an annual stipend ($17,750) and benefit from full tuition remission. American citizen and permanent residents may also apply for FLAS fellowships, which provide summer and academic year funding.  All language GTAs receive support and guidance through a course on language teaching methods; non-language GTAs and graduate students receive training in research methods. 

Graduates with an M.A. in EALC successively apply to Ph.D. programs in other schools and find careers in both private and public sectors.  Departmental study-abroad advisors and the Office of Study Abroad provide guidance on study-abroad programs for all three languages. 





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