This 16-credit hour certificate is designed for degree-seeking students in any major and non-degree-seeking students who want to become more proficient in this in-depth area of global studies, an area of expertise sought after by businesses; local, state, and federal government agencies; nonprofit and nongovernmental (NGO) organizations; health care and social service professions; and any other workplace or setting that requires people to talk across cultural differences. Students will gain greater competency in their understanding of the peoples and cultures of East Asia along with increased knowledge of historical and contemporary issues relevant to East Asia.

16 hours chosen from the following:

Required Courses I (4 hours):

Select one of the following:

CHN 101 Elementary Chinese I 4(4-0)
CHN 102 Elementary Chinese II 4(4-0)
JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I 4(4-0)
JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II 4(4-0)

Required Courses II

Select one of the following:

HST 168 Modern East Asia (3-0)
REL 220 Religious Traditions of China 3(3-0)
REL 221 Religious Traditions of Japan 3(3-0)

Required Courses III

PSC 344 East Asian Political Systems and Processes 3(3-0)

Electives (6 hours):

Select from the following:

GEO 385 China: Environment and People 3(3-0)
HST 369 Traditional China 3(3-0)
HST 370 Modern China 3(3-0)
JPN 310 Study Abroad 1-12(spec)
JPN 410 Study Abroad 1-12(spec)

Note:  You may choose only one of JPN 310 or 410, for 3 hours.

  • Students pursuing this certificate may also complete 3 hours of independent readings or research in an appropriate discipline as an elective option with the approval of the advisor.
  • Courses selected for the certificate program must include a minimum of 9 hours at the 300-599 level.

Total 16 semester hours


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