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Asian Studies

Undergraduate Certificate in Asian Studies

Admission to the Program

Open to undergraduate degree and nondegree students. 

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 9 credit hours at the 300-level or above, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 
  • Capstone: successful completion of a 3-credit hour Asian studies research project conducted under the supervision of an Asian studies faculty member. An independent study or Honors Capstone paper may be used to fulfill this requirement. 
  • Students must complete at least one year of language courses or the equivalent in Chinese, Hindi, or Japanese, or other languages with approval of the faculty advisor. 

Course Requirements

Gateway Requirement

  • One of the following: 
  • HIST-447 Asian Studies (3) (topics) 
  • PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3) (topics) 
  • SIS-567 International Relations of East Asia (3) 


  • 9 credit hours from the following with at least one course from a department other than the one in which the student has a primary focus: 
  • ANTH-230 India: Its Living Traditions (3) 
  • HIST-447 Asian Studies (3) (topics) (if not used for Gateway requirement above) 
  • PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3) (topics) (if not used for Gateway requirement above) 
  • RELG-185 Forms of the Sacred: Religions of the
    East (3) 
  • RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions (3) 
  • RELG-470 Islam (3) 
  • RELG-473 Hinduism (3) 
  • SISU-365 Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture: Middle East: The World of Islam (3) 
  • SISU-212 China, Japan and the United States FA3 (3) 
  • SIS-560 Chinese Foreign Policy (3) 
  • SIS-561 Modern China (3) 
  • SIS-562 Political Economy of China (3) 
  • SIS-563 Japanese Foreign Policy (3) 
  • SIS-564 Chinese Politics (3) 
  • SIS-565 U.S. Economic Relations with Japan and
    China (3) 
  • SIS-567 International Relations of East Asia (3) (if not used for Gateway requirement above) 
  • Capstone: 3 credit hours in an approved capstone project course