Asian Studies (Certificate)

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Explore Asian culture and history to better understand and complement fields of research that interest you, such as art, technology, finance and law.

Program Description

The Asian studies certificate program supplements a bachelor's degree, providing students with knowledge of a language relevant to the study of Asia as well as general knowledge of Asian history, art, culture and society.

Graduates possess official transcript recognition of specialization in Asian studies.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires 24 credit hours of approved coursework, in addition to proficiency in a language relevant to the study of Asia. Fifteen credit hours of upper-division area studies coursework must be chosen from at least four different disciplines, e.g., language and cultures, history, religious studies, anthropology, geography, political science, global studies, art and music. Courses from other disciplines may be used by approval. The remaining nine credit hours may be chosen in any combination.
At least six upper-division hours in the certificate must be in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required for each course that is used to fulfill the certificate requirements.
Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in a language relevant to the study of Asia by completing the 201 and 202 course sequence, one year of study abroad at the intermediate level or satisfactory performance on a proficiency exam. Acceptable languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Students who are already proficient in one of these languages, or in another language relevant to the study of Asia that is not offered by ASU, such as Dutch, Tagalog or Urdu, may fulfill the requirement by passing a proficiency exam.
Disciplinary Electives -- 24 credit hours
Upper Division Disciplinary Electives (15)
At least four different disciplines must be represented within the upper-division disciplinary electives (e.g., history, religious studies, global studies, anthropology). Crosslisted courses will only apply to the certificate under one discipline; students may choose the discipline that is most advantageous.

Disciplinary Electives (9)
Students select the remaining disciplinary electives from the lists below in any combination.
African and African-American Studies
Art History
Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Cultural Geography
Film and Media Studies
Global Studies
Language and Cultures
Political Science
Religious Studies
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in Asia studies (East Asia); BA in Asia studies (South Asia); BA in Asia studies (Southeast Asia); BA in global Asia studies

Other Admission Requirements: There are no specific admission requirements other than a student's desire to learn about Asia.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Outlook

Graduates who have combined the certificate in Asian studies with their major program of study often decide to pursue employment in teaching, journalism, global finance and banking, international law and global public health. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
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Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Customs Brokers

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: 71690
  Bright Outlook

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98560
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  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
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Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
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Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
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Supply Chain Managers

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98560
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Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76030

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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