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East Asian Cultures Certificate

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in East Asian Cultures will specialize in one of three areas of East Asia, and have the flexibility to study the country through the scope of other disciplines (Art History, Business, Film, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies).  Understanding the culture of China, Japan, or Korea is increasingly important in more and more fields - from environmental studies to supply chain management, from international finance and politics to military affairs, from web-fiction to screenplay writing.  This certificate enables students to document valuable expertise gained from the many faculty members at KU who conduct research and teach about East Asia by choosing one of the follow tracks:

  • China Studies
  • Japan Studies
  • Korea Studies
East Asian Cultures Certificate

Certificate Requirements:

Students are required to complete 12 credits of graduate–level coursework to successfully earn an East Asian Cultures certificate in their chosen area of  concentration. 

Required Course:

EALC 704      Contemporary East Asia

Elective Courses:

The following restrictions apply to the choice of electives:
  • Two courses must concentrate on the country the student is studying.
  • The third elective course may either concentrate on the country of study, OR on East Asia in general.

In consultation with the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, students must choose the three elective 3-credit courses from either:

East Asian Languages & Cultures graduate-level courses, see the Academic Catalog for current offerings.

Elective courses that have a cultural application through other disciplines may be approved for certificate completion upon review by the certificate Faculty Director.  Some commonly approved elective courses are listed below:

COMS 557 East Asian Communication

ECON 583 Economic Issues of East Asia

GEOG 796 Asian Regions:_____             

HIST 510 Topics in:_____

HIST 582 Ancient Japan

HIST 605 Medieval Japan

HA 503 Japanese Prints

HA 545 Early Chinese Art

HA 586 Japanese Painting

HA 705 Major Artist:_____      

HA 788 Proseminar in Japanese Art:_____

HA 789 Proseminar in Chinese Art:_____

HA 822 Seminar in Buddhist Art:____                 

HA 980 Seminar in Chinese Art:____                 

HA 990 Seminar in Japanese Art:____   

REL 510 Religion in Korea

Admissions:

Current KU Students and Non-Degree Seeking Students

For more information of admission to a graduate certificate program at KU, see the policy on Graduate Certificate Programs-Eligibility and Admission Criteria.  The application process entails completing the online application, payment of the $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the East Asian Cultures Certificate:

  1. A C.V. or Resume.
  2. A personal statement declaring your interest in East Asian Cultures and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from your graduate degree program.
  4. A KU Advising report in lieu of an official transcript.

Contact:

Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Academic Advisor

ckreienhop@ku.edu

 

Second Language Studies Graduate Certificate

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate program in Second Language Studies (SLS) is to enhance the preparation and professionalization of graduate students in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC), the Department of Linguistics, and other departments affiliated with SLLC.  The certificate provides an opportunity at KU for graduate students of foreign language, literature, and culture and theoretical linguistics to add a concentration in applied linguistics and language teaching. 

Second Language Studies Graduate Certificate

Certificate Requirements:

The certificate is awarded to M.A. or Ph.D. students who successfully complete 4 graduate-level courses across disciplines (12 credits total) as outlined below:

  1. LING 700 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent offered in each participating department.
  2. LING 715 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  3. LA&S 720 Introduction to Language Teaching Research
  4. Elective course in Second Language Studies. This may be fulfilled by a Teaching Methods course required of GTAs teaching in the SLLC (FREN 704, SLAV 824, SPAN 801) or by other approved related courses, including those offered by the School of Education.

A student who has prior coursework deemed equivalent to any of the required courses may replace the required course with an approved elective. 

Admissions:

Current KU Students

A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program.  A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.  The application process entails completing the online application, payment of the $30 application fee, and submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your graduate degree program.
  • A KU Advising report in lieu of an official transcript.

Non-KU students or KU Alumni 

Non-KU students or KU Alumni must have a previously completed advanced degree in an applicable field with a graduate GPA of 3.0 of higher.  The application process entails completing the online application, submitting materials required for the Second Language Studies (SLS) Certificate:

  • A C.V. or Resume.
  • A personal statement declaring your interest in Second Language Studies and its relationship to your graduate course of study and/or career objectives.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work or potential for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from any institutions where coursework related to study in your second language was completed.

Send official sealed transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Strong Hall, Room 313
Lawrence, KS  66045

-OR-
graduateadm@ku.edu

Contact:

Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Academic Advisor

ckreienhop@ku.edu

 

Prof. Sanako Mitsugi, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Japanese Language Coordinator
Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

mitsugi@ku.edu

 


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