Asian Studies Certificate Program

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Certificate Program Information
Asian Studies Certificate

The process for officially enrolling in the Certificate Program is a simple one. Interested students should contact ...

Yea-Fen Chen
Program Coordinator
Department of Linguistics
Curtin Hall 892
Phone: 414-229-2492
Andrea Joseph
Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland Hall 111
Phone: 414-229-6925
Participating Faculty

To sign-up for the certificate program you will need to schedule an advising appointment to complete a Declaration of Certificate Program form.

Program Information

Students interested in establishing credentials as specialists in the dynamic field of Asian Studies are invited to investigate the UWM Certificate Program. The Asian Studies Certificate allows students to combine the study of Asian languages, culture, politics, and history with their regular course of study. It is available to all UWM students, regardless of major, and is awarded upon graduation with a notation on the student's final transcript.

Supported by a growing faculty of Asian specialists in a wide-variety of disciplines, the certificate program offers courses and other opportunities designed to prepare students for any future endeavor relating to this developing and exciting area of the world. The program provides a convenient means for students to add an Asian focus to their studies in any UWM degree program. Graduates with an Asian Studies Certificate have gone on to jobs in business, sales, media, and teaching in Asia.

Students enrolling in the Certificate Program are required to earn a minimum of eighteen credits, at least nine of which must be completed at UWM, and achieve a grade point average of 2.7 or above in all courses counting toward the certificate.

The Asian Studies Certificate is designed in two forms:

  • General Certificate – Geography 213 (3 cr.), and 15 credits of approved electives
  • Language Focus – Geography 213 (3 cr.), a minimum of 12 credits in a single Asian language, and 15 credits of approved electives

Approved Electives

* Indicates which courses are not currently available.

*323 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia, 3 cr.
325 Japanese Culture and Society, 3 cr.
326 Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 cr.
Art History
105 Asian Art and Architecture, 3 cr.
192 Freshman Seminar: “Hidden Dragon: Images and Meaning in Chinese Art”, 3 cr.
308 Film Styles: "Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practices" subtitle, 3 cr.
382 Chinese Art and Architecture, 3 cr.
383 Japanese Art and Architecture, 3 cr., 3
480 Chinese Painting, cr.
481 Topics in Chinese Art: (Subtitle), 1-3 cr.
*482 Topics in Non-Western Art: (Asia Subtitle), 3 cr.
499 Ad Hoc: “Japanese Woodblock Prints & Beyond” & “The Arts of China”, 3 cr.
101 First Semester Chinese, 5 cr.
102 Second Semester Chinese, 5 cr.
200 Chinese Calligraphy, 3 cr.
201 Third Semester Chinese, 5 cr.
202 Fourth Semester Chinese, 5 cr.
301 Fifth Semester Chinese, 3 cr.
302 Sixth Semester Chinese, 3 cr.
310 Business Chinese, 3 cr.
320 Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film, 3 cr.
401 Seventh Semester Chinese, 3 cr.
402 Eighth Semester Chinese, 3 cr.
699 Independent Reading, 1-3 cr.
Comparative Literature
192 Freshman Seminar: “Secrets of Chinese Cinema”, 3 cr.
230 Literature & Society: “Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century,” 3 cr.
360 Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: “Modern Chinese Literature”, 2-4 cr.
362 Transnational Asian Cinemas: (all subtitles), 3 cr.
363 Chinese Literature in the Global Context: (all subtitles), 3 cr.
193 Freshman Seminar: “Economics of Asia”, 3cr.
351 Introduction to International Economic Relations, 3 cr.
353 Economic Development, 3 cr.
193 Freshman Seminar: “Asian American Literature”, 3 cr.
316 World Cinema: “Hong Kong Cinema”, 3 cr.
507 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature: “Representations of Self in Japanese and Western Literature”, 3 cr.
115 Introductory Economic Geography, 3 cr.
213 Geography of Asia, 3 cr.
470 Geography of South Asia, 3 cr.
175 East Asian Civilization to 1600, 3 cr.
176 East Asian Civilization Since 1600, 3 cr.
285 The Second World War in the Pacific, 3 cr.
286 The Korean War, 3 cr.
287 The Vietnam War, 3 cr.
*370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (Asian Subtitle), 3 cr.
376 History of Ancient China: Earliest Times to 220 A.D., 3 cr.
377 Modern China, 3 cr.
378 Revolution in China, 3 cr.
380 Buddhism: A Cultural History, 3 cr.
381 Southeast Asia: The Formative Period to 1800, 3 cr.
382 Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800, 3 cr.
394 History of Japan to 1868, 3 cr.
395 History of Japan Since 1868, 3 cr.
396 Japan’s Economic Miracle: Historical Roots, 3 cr.
*397 Postwar Japan, 3 cr.
398 Honors Seminar: (Asian Subtitle), 3 cr.
*402 Topics in Asian History: 3 cr.
200: “Love and Attachment in Buddhist Nature”, 3 cr.
International Studies
550 Senior Seminar in International Studies: “Conflicts and the Economy in East Asia”, 3 cr.
101 First Semester Japanese, 5 cr.
102 Second Semester Japanese, 5 cr.
201 Third Semester Japanese, 5 cr.
202 Fourth Semester Japanese, 5 cr.
301 Fifth Semester Japanese, 3 cr.
302 Sixth Semester Japanese, 3 cr.
331 Reading Japanese Short Stories, 3 cr.
361 Translating Japanese Media, 3 cr.
401 Seventh Semester Japanese, 3 cr.
402 Eighth Semester Japanese, 3 cr.
101 First Semester Korean, 5 cr.
102 Second Semester Korean, 5 cr.
201 Third Semester Korean, 5 cr.
202 Fourth Semester Korean, 5 cr.
102 Intensive First Semester “Thai” or “Hmong,” 5-7 cr.
103 First Semester “Thai” or “Hmong”
104 Second Semester Uncommonly Taught Language (Hmong, Lao or Thai), 3 cr.
107 First Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 cr.
108 Second Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 cr.
109 First Semester Lao Literacy, 3 cr.
110 Second Semester Lao Literacy, 3 cr.
*200 Aspects of Language: (Asia Subtitle), 3 cr.
202 Intensive Second Semester “Thai” or “Hmong”, 5-7 cr.
203 Third Semester “Thai” or “Hmong”
204 Fourth Sem. Uncommonly Taught Language (Hmong, Lao, or Thai), 3-4 cr.
*299 Ad Hoc: (Asia Subtitle), 3 cr.
303 Fifth Semester “Thai” or “Hmong”
304 Sixth Semester “Thai” or “Hmong”
204 Introduction to Asian Religions, 3 cr.
*470 Religious Thought in Classical India, 3 cr.
*475 Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (Asian Subtitle), 3 cr.
Political Science
314 Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, 3 cr.
*341 Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (Subtitle), 3 cr.
*343 Asian International Relations, 3 cr.
*215 Religion and Society, 3 cr.
325 Social Change, 3 cr.