The Asian studies certificate supplements a bachelor's degree and demonstrates knowledge of an Asian language as well as general knowledge of Asian history, art, culture and society. The certificate provides students with official transcript recognition of specialization in Asian studies.
The certificate requires 24 credit hours of course work, including:
- 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
- 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:
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.
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: None
There are no specific admission requirements other than a student's desire to learn about Asia. To add the certificate, students must consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
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.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.