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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. 
  • No more than 6 credit hours toward the overall 15 credit hours may be completed from study abroad.
  • Language Proficiency: Complete two courses of language instruction in Chinese, Korean, or other Asian languages approved by the Asian Studies director, or one advanced course taught in that language. 

Course Requirements

Gateway Requirement (3 credit hours)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • HIST-250 Empires and States in East Asia FA3 (3)
  • PHIL-211 Introduction to Asian Philosophy (3)
  • RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions FA3 (3)
  • SISU-212 China, Japan and the United States FA3 (3)

Electives (12 Credit hours)

Complete four courses (12 credit hours), with at least 9 credit hours at the 300-level or above, from the following or other courses approved by the faculty advisor. No more than two courses (6 credit hours) taken through study abroad may be counted toward the certificate course requirements. Up to 3 credit hours from a capstone course may be counted toward the certificate course requirements, but capstone course is not required

  • ARTH-320 Introduction to the Arts of Japan (3)
  • ARTH-423 East-West Photography (3)
  • ARTH-424 Envisioning the Nation: Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia (3)
  • ECON-458 Economics of the World Regions (3)
  • HIST-447 Asian Studies (3)
  • HIST-485 Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Beyond (3)
  • PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-418 Chinese Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-419 Buddhist Philosophy (3)
  • RELG-470 Islam (3)
  • RELG-473 Hinduism (3)
  • RELG-486 Topics in Religious Discussion (3)
  • SISU-332 Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy (3)
  • SISU-352 Environmental Politics of Asia (3)
  • SISU-372 Human Rights in East Asia (3)
  • SISU-387 Contemporary India (3)
  • SISU-472 Topics in East Asia (3)
  • SISU-477 Topics in South Asia (3)
  • SISU-482 U.S.-China Relations (3)
  • SISU-483 Nuclear North Korea (3)