Asian Studies  (Certificate)


Add an Asian studies certificate to your bachelor's degree. A general overview of Asian culture and history can complement fields of research that interest you, such as art, technology, finance and law.



Program Description

The Asian studies certificate supplements a bachelor's degree, providing students with knowledge of an Asian language as well as general knowledge of Asian history, art, culture and society.

Graduates possess official transcript recognition of specialization in Asian studies.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

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

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.

For disclosure information about this U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program, students should see https://catalog.asu.edu/files/disclosures/LAASNCERT/Gedt.pdf.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate requires 24 credit hours of course work, including:

  1. 15 credit hours of upper-division area studies course work chosen from at least four disciplines, e.g., language and cultures, history, religious studies, anthropology, geography, political science, global studies, art, and music, as well as others upon approval
  2. nine credit hours combining lower-and-upper division courses from various disciplines*

*HST/REL 111 Introduction to Asia, HU, H, G (3) is recommended but not required.

In addition, certificate students must demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language at the intermediate level. The language requirement can be satisfied by completing the 201 and 202 sequence, one year of study abroad at the intermediate level or satisfactory placement on a proficiency exam. Asian languages include:

  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Students pursuing an Asian studies certificate may apply courses whose subject matter is East, South and Southeast Asia to meet the certificate requirements. 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.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.







Program Contact Information

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  • 480/965-8364