Asian Studies Certificate

In addition to the Japanese Submajor and Minor options, students interested in Japanese may pursue an Asian Studies Certificate.

This certificate is designed for students who wish to enhance their education with a concentration in Asian Studies. To earn the Certificate in Asian Studies, students must fulfill the requirements for one of two tracks:

  • Track A (22 credits): 6 courses, including 2 courses in a single Asian language (10 cr.), 1 gateway course (3 cr.) and 3 upper-level electives (9 cr.); or
  • Track B (18-22 credits): 6 courses, including 1 gateway course (3 cr.), with the remaining courses chosen from the list of electives. Students must take a minimum of 3 upper-level courses (9 cr.), and no language courses are required. Regarding electives, students may choose to take a course in an Asian language or 2 courses (up to 10 cr.) in any combination of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Interested students should contact the Asian Studies Program Advisor as soon as they decide to pursue the certificate. The advisor’s role is to help the student design a program of study from among the available courses and to guide the student in completing that program. Students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese may only earn the Asian Studies Certificate through Track B.

Students enrolling in either Asian Studies Certificate Program track are required to earn a minimum of 18 credits that must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 9 credits must be completed in residence at UWM.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken in courses in the College of Letters and Science (i.e. up to 3 credits may be taken through a UWM Study Abroad program) and 9 of those must be at the upper level (numbered 300 and above).
  • Courses counting for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.700 or above in all courses counting toward the certificate.
  • A maximum of 6 credits in a combination of approved independent study and/or relevant Asia-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. For students pursuing Track B: Among all the required credits, at least 6 must be non-language courses at the 300 level or above.

2017 Asian Studies Certificate Program.

More information can be found on the Asian Studies Certificate website at