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.

Track A (with language study)

Total Credits

22 credits

Language Requirement (10 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 10 credits in a single Asian language.

Required Introductory Course (choose one)

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 (9 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 192 - First-Year Seminar: Image and Meaning in Chinese Art

ArtHist 281 - Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art, 3 credits

ArtHist 308 - Film Styles: Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practice or Meaning in Chinese Art , 3 credits

ArtHist 381 - Honors Seminar: Images of Japan’s Floating World

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 - all classes

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

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

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 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective

Hist 284 - Buddhism Across Asia

Hist 285 - The Second World War in the Pacific

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 402 - Topics in Asian History

Hmong 107 - First Semester Hmong Literacy

Hmong 108 - Second Semester Hmong Literacy

Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life

Japan - all courses

Korean - all courses

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

Philos 475 - Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought

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

WGS 500 - Advanced Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies: Asian subtitle , 3 credits

Additional Requirements

At least 9 credits must be at the upper level (numbered 300 and above), and at least six of those nine must be non-language classes.

At least 9 credits must be taken 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.

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.

Track B (without language study)

Total Credits

18 to 22 credits

Required Introductory Course (choose one)

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 192 - First-Year Seminar: Image and Meaning in Chinese Art

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 381 - Honors Seminar: Images of Japan’s Floating World

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 - all courses

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: Economics of Asia, 3 credits

Econ 351 - Introduction to International Economic Relations. 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

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 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective

Hist 284 - Buddhism Across Asia

Hist 285 - The Second World War in the Pacific

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

Hist 394 - History of Japan to 1600, 3 credits

Hist 395 - History of Japan since 1600

Hist 402 - Topics in Asian History

Hmong 107 - First Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 credits

Hmong 108 - Second Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 credits

Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life

Japan - all courses

Korean - all courses

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

WGS 500 - Advanced Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies: Asian subtitle, 3 credits

Additional Requirements

At least 9 credits must be at the upper level (numbered 300 and above), and at least six of those nine must be non-language classes.

At least 9 credits must be taken at UWM.

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.

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.

GPA Requirements

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