Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS)

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The departments for economics, law, social sciences and cultural studies of Goethe University have joined their forces to create a new interdisciplinary M.A. program in Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS). In a truly interdisciplinary sense, the biennial M.A. program accommodates both students with a B.A. degree in Asia related cultural studies, and students with a B.A. degree in economics, law or social sciences.

This year, we seized the opportunity of Goethe University’s re-accreditation to develop the MEAS program further. Expecting the positive assessment and approval of the directorial committees this summer, it can be expected that the following program structure will start from winter semester 2018/19 onwards:

In the first two semesters, students will visit beginners’ or advanced language courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indonesian. Moreover, all students are required to jointly participate in a core program and in a variety of elective courses in which they learn to apply their methodological and theoretical knowledge and their language skills to social, legal and economic problems encountered in contemporary East Asia. In the third semester, the program offers three different tracks to choose from: 1) the Professional Track to reflect and extend the academic knowhow in an Asia related professional environment via internship; 2) the Language Track to refine one’s language skills in the respective Asian country; 3) the Research Track to concentrate on empirical research and to facilitate a subsequent Ph.D. study. During two years of intensive studies in the MEAS program, students will not only mature to experts on modern Asia, but also develop methodological, theoretical as well as soft skills in interdisciplinary team work. With its structure of three tracks, the MEAS M.A. title qualifies for an academic career as well as a professional career in international enterprises and organizations.

The MEAS program is fully accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency Hanover. The re-accreditation is taking place within the framework and procedures of Goethe University's System Accreditation and will be completed in summer 2018. This system certifies that a degree program’s structures and processes are in line with relevant German and European quality standards ensuring that the defined program qualification goals can be met.