U of Kansas MA program

Call for Applications: M.A. program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas is currently accepting applications to its M.A. program for fall semester 2020.

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 and may take courses and work with faculty outside of EALC in Art History, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology, among others.

Students in the program concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or East Asian Cultures, usually entering the program with at least two years of college-level language. Departmental study-abroad advisors and the Office of Study Abroad provide guidance on study-abroad programs for all three languages.  The program typically takes two years to complete, including the defense of a Master’s thesis.

In addition, the EALC Department is affiliated with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, a Title VI Center that supports East Asian faculty and graduate students by providing resources, programming assistance, and opportunities for collaboration.

The university library’s 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.

Suitably qualified applicants to our graduate program may apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantships with an annual stipend ($17,000) 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.

The director of graduate studies, Professor Keith McMahon, welcomes inquiries about our M.A. program and would like to speak with you about it.  Please contact him at kmcmahon@ku.edu or call him at (785) 864-9126.

To be considered for funding for fall 2020, please submit your application by February 15, 2020, though applications later than that will also be considered.

For more information about the Department, please visit its website http://ealc.ku.edu/​.

H. Faye Xiao,

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