Asian Studies Certificate

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


Students enrolling in the Asian Studies Certificate Program are required to earn a minimum of 18 credits, at least 9 of which must be completed at UWM. Of the 18 credits, at least 12 credits must be taken in courses in the College of Letters and Science, and 9 of those must be at the upper level (numbered 300 and above). Of the required credits, at least 9 must be at the 300 level or above, of which 6 credits must be non-language courses. 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.

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

Students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese may only earn the Asian Studies Certificate through Track B. 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 the among the available courses and to guide the student in completing that program.

Select one of the following:3
Asian Art and Architecture (HU)
ECON 193
First-Year Seminar: (Economics of Asia (SS) or other appropriate subtitles)
GEOG 213
Geography of Asia (SS)
HIST 175
East Asian Civilization to 1600 (HU)
HIST 176
East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (HU)
HIST 284
Buddhism Across Asia
Introduction to Asian Religions
Select 15 credits from the approved list below15
Total Credits18


The following courses have been approved for the Certificate in Asian Studies:

ANTHRO 325Japanese Culture and Society3
ANTHRO 326Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3
ARTHIST 105Asian Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 192First-Year Seminar: ((mage and Meaning in Chinese Art or other appropriate subtitles)3
ARTHIST 281Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art3
ARTHIST 308Film Styles: (Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practices, Meaning in Chinese Art, or other appropriate subtitles)3
ARTHIST 381Honors Seminar: (Images of Japan's Floating World or other appropriate subtitles)3
ARTHIST 382Chinese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 383Japanese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 386Art, Ritual, and Ethnicity of China3
ARTHIST 382Chinese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 383Japanese Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 480Chinese Painting3
ARTHIST 481Topics in Chinese Art:1-3
ARTHIST 482Topics in Non-Western Art: (with appropriate subtitle)3
CHINESE 101First Semester Chinese5
CHINESE 102Second Semester Chinese5
CHINESE 150Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture3
CHINESE 160A Taste of China: Learning Chinese Culture and Society through Cuisine3
CHINESE 200Chinese Calligraphy3
CHINESE 201Third Semester Chinese5
CHINESE 202Fourth Semester Chinese5
CHINESE 301Fifth Semester Chinese4
CHINESE 302Sixth Semester Chinese4
CHINESE 320Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film3
CHINESE 330Chinese Language and Culture3
CHINESE 343Chinese Martial Arts Fiction3
CHINESE 401Seventh Semester Chinese3
CHINESE 402Eighth Semester Chinese3
CHINESE 441Business Chinese3
COMPLIT 230Literature and Society: (Land Society: Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century or other appropriate subtitles)3
COMPLIT 360Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMPLIT 362Transnational Asian Cinemas:3
COMPLIT 363Chinese Literature in the Global Context:3
ECON 193First-Year Seminar: (Economics of Asia or other appropriate subtitles) (if not selected above)3
ECON 351Introduction to International Economic Relations3
ECON 353Economic Development (with appropriate emphasis on Asia)3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema: (Hong Kong Cinema or other appropriate subtitles)3
ENGLISH 507Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present: (Representations of Self in Japanese and Western Literature or other appropriate subtitles)3
GEOG 213Geography of Asia (if not selected above)3
GEOG 443Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (with appropriate emphasis on Asia)3
GEOG 470Geography of South Asia3
HIST 175East Asian Civilization to 1600 (if not selected above)3
HIST 176East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (if not selected above)3
HIST 269Asian Americans in Historical Perspective3
HIST 284Buddhism Across Asia3
HIST 286The Korean War3
HIST 287The Vietnam War3
HIST 370Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (Introduction to Buddhist Thought or other appropriate subtitles)3
HIST 372Topics in Global History: (Global History of the Korean War or other appropriate subtitles)3
HIST 376History of Ancient China, Earliest Times to 220 A.D.3
HIST 377Modern China3
HIST 378Revolution in China3
HIST 394History of Japan to 16003
HIST 395History of Japan Since 16003
HMONG 107First-Semester Hmong Literacy3
HIST 402Topics in Asian History:3
HMONG 108Second-Semester Hmong Literacy3
HMONG 265Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life3
HONORS 200Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (with appropriate subtitle)3
INTLST 550Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
JAPAN 101First Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 102Second Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 110Japanese Popular Culture3
JAPAN 200Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language3
JAPAN 201Third-Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 202Fourth-Semester Japanese5
JAPAN 220Introduction to Japanese Food Studies3
JAPAN 301Fifth Semester Japanese4
JAPAN 302Sixth Semester Japanese4
JAPAN 330Japanese Language and Culture3
JAPAN 331Reading Japanese Short Stories3
JAPAN 351Japanese Performance Traditions3
JAPAN 361Translating Japanese Media3
JAPAN 401Seventh Semester Japanese4
JAPAN 402Eighth Semester Japanese4
JAPAN 416Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English3
JAPAN 441Business Japanese I3
KOREAN 101First-Semester Korean5
KOREAN 102Second-Semester Korean5
KOREAN 201Third Semester Korean5
KOREAN 202Fourth Semester Korean5
KOREAN 221Korean Culture and Society3
PHILOS 204Introduction to Asian Religions (if not selected above)3
PHILOS 475Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought:3
POL SCI 314Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy3
POL SCI 341Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (with appropriate subtitle)3
POL SCI 343Asian International Relations3
WGS 500Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (Gender in Global Asia or other appropriate subtitles)3

Exit Survey

All students are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework. The survey allows certificate students to reflect on their experiences while providing important information to help improve the program. The exit survey is conducted online for a limited period of time during the fall and spring semesters. 

Please note: The exit survey is a program requirement. Failure to complete the survey prior to graduation will delay processing of the graduation clearance.

2017 Asian Studies Certificate Program.

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