Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Asian Affairs

Do you wish to learn more about Asian Affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

Our post-baccalaureate certificate in Asian Affairs gives students an understanding of Asia today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating Asian societies, as well as a basic introduction to one Asian language.

Certificate Information

15-16 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Asian Affairs consists of the following components:

  • No more than 2 courses shall be below the 200-level.

All courses are 3 credit hours and require a grade of C or better unless otherwise noted.

(3 - 4 credit hours)

EALC-J - Students will take 1 language course in Japanese. The specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.

Choose one course

  • ENG-L 107 - Oriental World Masterpieces
  • FINA-A 362 - The Art of Japan
  • REL-R 153 - Religions of Asia
  • REL-R 354 - Buddhism

History and Philosophy
Choose one course

  • HIST-G 100 - Issues in Asian History
  • HIST-G 200 - Issues in Asian History II
  • HIST-H 207 - Modern East Asian Civilization
  • HIST-H 208 - American-East Asian Relations
  • HIST-G 385 - Modern China
  • HIST-G 387 - Contemporary China
  • HIST-G 451 - The Far East 1
  • PHIL-P 170 - Introduction to Asian Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 334 - Buddhist Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 374 - Early Chinese Philosophy

Politics and Geography
Choose one course

  • POLS-Y 369 - Introduction to East Asian Politics

3 credit hours

Students will take one additional elective course in language, culture, history & philosophy, politics & geography, or (strongly encouraged) a summer study abroad program in Asia.

These are available through the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study and other IU campuses. Possible examples include a 2-week program on documentaries in Japan, possibly a program through IU Southeast to China (2-3 weeks), a 2-week program on documentaries in Vietnam, and others.

The following is a suggested map of the curriculum for scheduling purposes.

Fall Semester
3 hours are required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • Foreign Language (3 or 4 credit hours)
  • Political Science or Geography course*
  • Literature or Fine Arts course

*POLS-Y 369 typically offered in alternating (even years) fall semesters.

Spring Semester
3 hours are required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • History or Philosophy/Religion course
  • Elective course

Total Hours - 15 or 16
*Other appropriate courses may be offered (e.g. special topics courses) and substituted subject to approval.


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