Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Certificate combines the study of Asian languages, culture, politics, and history, and is particularly well-suited to majors from business, global studies, international studies, journalism and advertising, the visual and performing arts, communication, economics, the natural sciences, political science, or any discipline that involves interactions with the Asian world.

Asia is home to more than half of the world's population, and its countries have some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Students who obtain this certificate are better equipped to work in global industry and business, international politics, technology, tourism, and media because they're able to better analyze Asian societies and act with cultural awareness and understanding.

Students can choose to obtain the certificate with or without an Asian language focus, with the latter requiring more language classes. The certificate is interdisciplinary with coursework from economics, history, comparative literature, anthropology, political science, sociology, and art history.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about the Asian Studies Certificate.

Language

Total Credits

30 credits

Language Requirement (12 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in a single Asian language.

Required Gateway Course (3 credits):

ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture, 3 credits

Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Geography 213 - Geography of Asia, 3 credits

Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600, 3 credits

Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600, 3 credits

Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions, 3 credits

Electives (15 credits)

Anthro 325 - Japanese Culture and Society, 3 credits

Anthro 326 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 credits

ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture (if not selected above), 3 credits

ArtHist 308 - Film Styles: Film Styles: “Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practices”;
“Meaning in Chinese Art”;
and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

ArtHist 281 - Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art, 3 credits

ArtHist 382 - Chinese Art and Architecture, 3 credits

ArtHist 383 - Japanese Art and Architecture, 3 credits

ArtHist 386 - Art, Ritual, and Ethnicity of China, 3 credits

ArtHist 480 - Chinese Painting, 3 credits

ArtHist 481 - Topics in Chinese Art: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

ArtHist 482 - Topics in Non-Western Art: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Chinese 101 - First Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 102 - Second Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 150 - Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture, 3 credits

Chinese 200 - Chinese Calligraphy, 3 credits

Chinese 201 - Third Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 202 - Fourth Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 301 - Fifth Semester Chinese, 4 credits

Chinese 302 - Sixth Semester Chinese, 4 credits

Chinese 320 - Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film, 3 credits

Chinese 401 - Seventh Semester Chinese, 3 credits

Chinese 402 - Eighth Semester Chinese, 3 credits

Chinese 441 (310) - Business Chinese, 3 credits

CompLit 230 - Literature & Society: Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century, 3 credits

CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

CompLit 362 - Transnational Asian Cinemas: (subtitle), 3 credits

CompLit 363 - Chinese Literature in the Global Context: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar: “Economics of Asia” subtitle and other appropriate subtitles (if not selected above), 3 credits

Econ 351 - Introduction to International Economic Relations, 3 credits

Econ 353 - Economic Development, 3 credits

English 316 - World Cinema: “Hong Kong Cinema” subtitle and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

English 507 - Studies in Literature 1900 to the Present: “Representations of Self in Japanese and Western Literature” and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

FLL 109 (Linguis 163) - First Semester Lao Literacy

FLL 110 (Linguis 164) - Second Semester Lao Literacy

FLL 299 - Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)

Geog 213 - Geography of Asia (if not selected above), 3 credits

Geog 443 - Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (with appropriate emphasis on Asia), 3 credits

Geog 470 - Geography of South Asia, 3 credits

Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600 (if not selected above), 3 credits

Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (if not selected above), 3 credits

Hist 286 - The Korean War, 3 credits

Hist 287 - The Vietnam War, 3 credits

Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: “Introduction to Buddhist Thought” subtitle and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

Hist 372 - Topics in Global History: “Global History of the Korean War” and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

Hist 376 - History of Ancient China: Earliest Times to 220 A.D., 3 credits

Hist 377 - Modern China, 3 credits

Hist 378 - Revolution in China, 3 credits

Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800, 3 credits

Hist 394 - History of Japan to 1600, 3 credits

Hist 395 - History of Japan Since 1600, 3 credits

Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Dilemmas of Memory and Foregiveness: Exploring the ‘History Problem’ in East Asia” and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Intl St 550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies, 3 credits

Japan 101 - First Semester Japanese, 5 credits

Japan 102 - Second Semester Japanese, 5 credits

Japan 110 - Japanese Popular Culture, 3 credits

Japan 200 - Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language, 3 credits

Japan 201 - Third Semester Japanese, 5 credits

Japan 202 - Fourth Semester Japanese, 5 credits

Japan 220 - Introduction to Japanese Food Studies, 3 credits

Japan 301 - Fifth Semester Japanese, 3 credits

Japan 302 - Sixth Semester Japanese, 3 credits

Japan 321 - Analyzing Japanese Film Remakes, 3 credits

Japan 330 - Japanese Language and Culture, 3 credits

Japan 331 - Reading Japanese Short Stories, 3 credits

Japan 361 - Translating Japanese Media, 3 credits

Japan 401 - Seventh Semester Japanese, 3 credits

Japan 402 - Eight Semester Japanese, 3 credits

Japan 403 (416) - Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English, 3 credits

Japan 441 - Business Japanese, 3 credits

Korean 101 - First Semester Korean, 5 credits

Korean 102 - Second Semester Korean, 5 credits

Korean 201 - Third Semester Korean, 5 credits

Korean 202 - Fourth Semester Korean, 5 credits

Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions (if not selected above), 3 credits

Pol Sci 314 - Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, 3 credits

Pol Sci 341 - Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Pol Sci 343 - Asian International Relations, 3 credits

Sociol 325 - Social Change: (with appropriate emphasis on Asia), 3 credits

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 6 credits must be upper-level (numbered 300 or above) non-language courses

An additional 9 credits of approved electives, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above

A maximum of 6 credits in a combination of approved independent study and/or relevant Asian-focused courses from other schools and colleges may count toward the requirements of the program.

At least 9 credits must be taken in residence at UWM.

Additional Information

All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded. Courses counting for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

The Asian Studies Certificate with a language focus is not open to students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese at UWM.

GPA Requirements

Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.7 or above in all courses counting toward the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credits

18 credits

One Gateway Course (3 credits)

ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture, 3 credits

Econ 193 - First Year Seminar (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Geog 213 - Geography of Asia, 3 credits

Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600, 3 credits

Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600, 3 credits

Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions, 3 credits

Electives (15 credits)

Anthro 325 - Japanese Culture and Society, 3 credits

Anthro 326 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 credits

ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture (if not selected above), 3 credits

ArtHist 281 - Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art, 3 credits

ArtHist 308 - Film Styles: Film Styles: “Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practices”;
“Meaning in Chinese Art”;
and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

ArtHist 382 - Chinese Art and Architecture, 3 credits

ArtHist 383 - Japanese Art and Architecture, 3 credits

ArtHist 386 - Art, Ritual, and Ethnicity of China, 3 credits

ArtHist 480 - Chinese Painting, 3 credits

ArtHist 481 - Topics in Chinese Art: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

ArtHist 482 - Topics in Non-Western Art: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Chinese 101 - First Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 102 - Second Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 150 - Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture, 3 credits

Chinese 200 - Chinese Calligraphy, 3 credits

Chinese 201 - Third Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 202 - Fourth Semester Chinese, 5 credits

Chinese 301 - Fifth Semester Chinese, 3 credits

Chinese 302 - Sixth Semester Chinese, 3 credits

Chinese 320 - Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film. 3 credits

Chinese 401 - Seventh Semester Chinese. 3 credits

Chinese 402 - Eighth Semester Chinese. 3 credits

Chinese 441 - Business Chinese. 3 credits

CompLit 230 - Literature & Society: Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century. 3 credits

CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

CompLit 362 - Transnational Asian Cinemas. 3 credits

CompLit 363 - Chinese Literature in the Global Context: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Econ 351 - Introduction to International Economic Relations. 3 credits

Econ 353 - Economic Development. 3 credits

English 316 - World Cinema: Hong Kong Cinema. 3 credits

English 507 - Studies in Literature 1900 to the Present: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

FLL 109 (Linguis 163) - First Semester Lao Literacy. 3 credits

FLL 110 (Linguis 164) - Second Semester Lao Literacy. 3 credits

FLL 299 - Ad Hoc (with appropriate subtitle). 1-6 credits

Geog 213 - Geography of Asia (if not selected above). 3 credits

Geog 443 - Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography. 3 credits

Geog 470 - Geography of South Asia. 3 credits

Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600 (if not selected above). 3 credits

Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (if not selected above). 3 credits

Hist 286 - The Korean War. 3 credits

Hist 287 - The Vietnam War. 3 credits

Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Hist 372 - Topics in Global History: “Global History of the Korean War” and other appropriate subtitles, 3 credits

Hist 376 - History of Ancient China: Earliest Times to 220 A.D.. 3 credits

Hist 377 - Modern China. 3 credits

Hist 378 - Revolution in China. 3 credits

Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800. 3 credits

Honors 200 - Honors Seminar (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Intl St 550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies. 3 credits

Japan 101 - First Semester Japanese. 5 credits

Japan 102 - Second Semester Japanese. 5 credits

Japan 110 - Japanese Popular Culture. 3 credits

Japan 200 - Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language. 3 credits

Japan 201 - Third Semester Japanese. 5 credits

Japan 202 - Fourth Semester Japanese. 5 credits

Japan 220 - Introduction to Japanese Food Studies. 3 credits

Japan 301 - Fifth Semester Japanese. 3 credits

Japan 302 - Sixth Semester Japanese. 3 credits

Japan 321 - Analyzing Japanese Film Remakes. 3 credits

Japan 330 - Japanese Language and Culture. 3 credits

Japan 331 - Reading Japanese Short Stories. 3 credits

Japan 361 - Translating Japanese Media. 3 credits

Japan 401 - Seventh Semester Japanese. 3 credits

Japan 402 - Eight Semester Japanese. 3 credits

Japan 403 (416) - Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English. 3 credits

Japan 441 - Business Japanese I. 3 credits

Korean 101 - First Semester Korean, 5 credits

Korean 102 - Second Semester Korean. 5 credits

Korean 201 - Third Semester Korean. 5 credits

Korean 202 - Fourth Semester Korean. 5 credits

Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions (if not selected above). 3 credits

Philos 475 - Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Pol Sci 314 - Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, 3 credits

Pol Sci 341 - Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (with appropriate subtitle). 3 credits

Pol Sci 343 - Asian International Relations. 3 credits

Sociol 325 - Social Change. 3 credits

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 6 credits must be upper-level (numbered 300 or above) non-language courses

An additional 9 credits of approved electives, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above

At least 9 credits must be taken in residence at UWM. A maximum of 6 credits in a combination of approved independent study and/or relevant Asian-focused courses from other schools and colleges may count toward the requirements of the program. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded. Courses counting for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students earn at least a 2.700 GPA on all credits attempted for the certificate.