Asian Studies Certificate Program

Undergraduate Catalog
Certificate Program Information
Asian Studies Certificate

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

Faculty Coordinator
Sunwoong Kim

Professor, Economics
NWQ B, Room 4473
Phone: 414-229-6924
e-mail: kim@uwm.edu
(Last Names A-L)
Christine Wolf

Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland 111
Phone: 414-229-6925
e-mail: cawolf@uwm.edu
(Last Names M-Z)
Aparna Datey

Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland 113
Phone: 414-229-3042
e-mail: datey@uwm.edu
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

The Certificate in Asian Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to people who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject area. To be admitted to the university as non- degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Students completing the certificate not in conjunction with a degree are not eligible for financial aid.

SThe certificate is designed in two forms: one that includes language study, another that does not. Language study, however, greatly deepens the student’s knowledge and capacities in Asian studies, and so the distinction is meaningful. Both forms of this certificate are designed for students majoring in any field in the University who wish to complement their majors with an additional concentration in Asian Studies. The Asian Studies Certificate with a language focus is not open to students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese at UWM.

To earn either a general Asian Studies Certificate (18 credits) or an Asian Studies Certificate with a Language Focus (30 credits), the following are required:

  1. One of the following Gateway courses (3 crs):
    Art Hist 105: Asian Art and Architecture (HU)
    Econ 193: Freshman Seminar: “Economics of East Asia” (SS)
    Geog 213: Geography of Asia (SS)
    Hist 175: East Asian Civilization to 1600 (HU)
    Hist 176: East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (HU)
    Philosophy 204: Intro to Asian Religions (HU)
  2. Elective credits from the approved list (15 crs):
    • 6 credits non-language courses from the approved list of electives at the 300-level or above.
    • 9 credits must be taken in courses in the College of letters and science from the approved list of electives, at least 3 credits at the 300-level or above.

To earn the certificate with a language focus, in addition to satisfying all of the above requirements, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in a single Asian language.

Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.7 or above in all courses counting toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 credits in approved independent study or relevant Asian-focused courses from other schools and colleges may count toward the requirements of the program.

Interested students should contact the advisor. The advisor’s function is to help the student design a program of study from among the available courses and to guide the student in completing that program.

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

Anthropology
323 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia, 3 cr.
326 Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 cr.
Art History
105 Asian Art and Architecture, 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.
480 Chinese Painting, 3 cr.
481 Topics in Chinese Art: (Subtitle), 3 cr.
Chinese
101 First Semester Chinese, 5 cr.
102 Second Semester Chinese, 5 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.
Comparative Literature
230 Literature & Society: “Land Society: Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century”, 3 cr.
360 Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (Asia subtitle), 3 cr.
362 Transnational Asian Cinemas: (all subtitles), 3 cr.
363 Chinese Literature in the Global Context: (all subtitles), 3 cr.
Economics
193 Freshman Seminar: “Economics of Asia”, 3 cr.
351 Introduction to International Economic Relations, 3 cr.
353 Economic Development, 3 cr.
English
316 World Cinema: “Hong Kong Cinema”, 3 cr.
507 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature: “Representations of Self in Japanese and Western Literature”, 3 cr.
FLL
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.
229 Ad Hoc: “Language and Culture of Laos”, 3 cr.
Geography
115 Introductory Economic Geography, 3 cr.
213 Geography of Asia, 3 cr.
443 Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (with Asian emphasis), 3 cr.
470 Geography of South Asia, 3 cr.
History
175 East Asian Civilization to 1600, 3 cr.
176 East Asian Civilization Since 1600, 3 cr.
286 The Korean War, 3 cr.
287 The Vietnam War, 3 cr.
370 Topics in the History of Religious Thought: “Introduction to Buddhist Thought”, 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.
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: “Political Crisis in Ancient China”, 3 cr.
Honors
200: Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind - (Asia subtitle), 3 cr.
International Studies
550 Senior Seminar in International Studies: “Conflicts and the Economy in East Asia”, 3 cr.
Japanese
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.
Korean
101 First Semester Korean, 5 cr.
102 Second Semester Korean, 5 cr.
201 Third Semester Korean, 5 cr.
202 Fourth Semester Korean, 5 cr.
Philosophy
204 Introduction to Asian Religions, 3 cr.
470 Religious Thought in Classical India, 3 cr.
475 Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (Subtitle), 3 cr.
Philosophy
Philos 204 Introduction to Asian Religions, 3 cr.
Philos 470 Religious Thought in Classical India, 3 cr.
Philos 475 Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (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.
Sociology
215 Religion and Society, 3 cr.
325 Social Change, 3 cr.