Asian Studies (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (ASSTCAS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Program: Asian Studies 
Academic Plan Code(s): ASSTCAS

Program Information

The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies is a graduate-level interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. It allows students to learn more about the peoples of China, India, and Japan from the perspectives of art history, geography, history, religious studies, political science, sociology, and theatre arts. The 15 credit hour program may be completed as a stand-alone program, or in conjunction with other graduate programs—for example, the MA in History or Political Science, or the PhD in Art History or Humanities.

Students take 15 credit hours in graduate courses with an Asian emphasis. At least three of the five required courses must be at the 600 level, and the five courses must be drawn from at least three of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Classical and Modern Languages, Geography, History, Humanities, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre Arts, or Women's and Gender Studies. A minimum of three (3) credit hours must be in the Division of Humanities (exclusive of language courses), and at least three (3) credit hours must be in the Division of Social Sciences.

To complete the Graduate Certificate, students also must demonstrate reading knowledge in one of the following: Chinese, Japanese, or another language designated as an Asian language by the Program Director.

With the approval of the Program Director, an internship in a community or local business may be substituted for three (3) credit hours of classwork. To be eligible for this substitution, the internship must involve work that is primarily connected with Asia or Asian-Americans in some way.

Admission Requirements

Interested students must have earned a baccalaureate or other undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, and meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Louisville (

Individuals wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another University of Louisville department should be admitted to that degree program before applying for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Asian Studies.

Program Requirements

Select five of the following (at least three hours must be at the 600 level)15
Studies in Asian Art 1
Topics in Asian Art 1
Topics in Asian Studies-Humanities 1
Topics in Asian Studies-Social Sciences 1
Clash of Civilizations in the 21st Century
U.S. and Vietnam - CUE, WR
Women in East Asian History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India - CUE, WR
Civilizations of Modern India - CUE, WR
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
Asian Theatre
Minimum Total Hours15