Undergraduate Certificate in Asian Affairs

The Certificate in Asian Affairs is intended to give students an understanding of Asian societies 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.

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Certificate Information

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

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

Students must complete one course from each of the 4 areas (12-13 credit hours): Language, Culture, History & Philosophy, and Politics & Geography. Students choose one additional course from one of the 4 areas or may complete a Study Abroad in Asia for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Study Abroad in Asia is strongly recommended.

No more than two courses below the 200-level will count toward the certificate. Other appropriate courses may be offered and substituted subject to approval. 



  • 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

  • FINA-A 362 - The Art of Japan
  • FINA-A 451 - Art of the South Pacific
  • FINA-A 456 - The Art and Culture of Somoa, Western Polynesia
  • REL-R 153 - Religions of Asia
  • REL-R 354 - Buddhism

History & Philosophy
Choose one course

  • HIST-G 100 - Introduction to Asian History
  • HIST-G 200 - Issues in Asian History
  • HIST-G 300 - Issues in Asian History
  • HIST-H 207 - Modern East Asian Civilization
  • HIST-H 208 - American-East Asian Relations
  • HIST-G 385 - Modern China
  • HIST-G 387 - Contemporary China
  • PHIL-P 170 - Introduction to Asian Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 374 - Early Chinese Philosophy

Politics & Geography

  • POLS-Y 369


Choose one additional course from any listed above. Summer Study Abroad in Asia is strongly encouraged.


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