Matthias Kramer’s childhood passion for Pokémon led him on a path toward Asian studies and comparative literature. A graduating senior from Raleigh, Kramer is about to be one of Appalachian State University’s earliest graduates from its Bachelor of Arts degree in languages, literatures and cultures with a concentration in East Asian languages and cultures.
The East Asian concentration was introduced at Appalachian in fall 2017. Kramer will also earn a B.A. in English with dual concentrations in creative writing and literary studies. He said his three majors are intertwined.
“The creative writing major allowed me to study how a story is constructed. Literary studies allowed me to get theoretical and analyze the text. Then the East Asian language major allowed me to cross the linguistic gap and analyze texts between the languages,” Kramer said.