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East Asian Studies Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview

Three thematic areas of specialized studies are offered that provide students an opportunity to organize their coursework in a way that not only gives them an overview of the East Asia region, but provides an interdisciplinary yet coherent set of options.

  1. Globalization, Conflict, and Social Change: This thematic grouping of courses examines processes of social and cultural transformation in colonial and postcolonial periods. Special attention is given to the challenges of living in a global world. Topics include socioeconomic development, urbanization, ethnic conflict, state violence and genocide, and other forms of public action for social change.
  2. Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion: These modes of identity help form the basis of modern communities and nation-states of East Asia. Topics include the construction of ethnic and national identities during colonial and post-post-colonial periods, the meanings and values associated with gender identities, and historical forces that change and shape religious traditions of the region.
  3. Arts, Popular Culture, and the Media: Asia’s complex and widely varied cultures present a rich array of unique regional art forms and performance practices that are studied in this specialty. In contemporary societies, these artistic expressions have been extended and reformed in modern popular cultures and in media representations. Topics within this specialization include subjects such as puppetry of Southeast Asia, Art History of Asia, Modern and Traditional Literature of East Asia, and Comparative Media Systems.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to synthesize core area or international studies concepts and theories within multiple disciplinary subfields, and acquire the skills to apply and evaluate these concepts to global opportunities and challenges.
Students will be able to develop effective written and oral communication skills, characterized by the ability to write and present in the styles and forms that are acceptable in the professional world and/or for research in international studies.
Students will be able to develop an effective research skill and demonstrate it in their capstone experience.

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements beyond university graduate admission requirements.

International Students

This certificate program alone does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this certificate. However, this certificate can be completed during any Ohio University graduate program and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to that degree program.

Opportunities upon Completion

The East Asian Studies program is intended to give individuals freedom to pursue interests best suited to their personal professional and academic goals within an international and cross-cultural context. Students completing this certificate program may seek careers in private sector business, state and federal government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international development agencies, as well as scholarly careers in teaching and research. Many master’s student may pursue additional studies by incorporating their certificate coursework in doctoral programs.


Completion Requirements

Three core courses must be completed, preferably conforming to one of the three thematic specialty areas noted above, along with two semesters of a language appropriate to the region or its equivalent. If a student wishes to organize their choices with a different theme in mind, this is possible with the advice and consent of the program director. Also, if native fluency in a language is already possessed, two additional core courses may be substituted, with the approval of the program director.



Complete three of the following courses:

  • AH 5161 - Arts of Medieval China (400-1300)
  • AH 5171 - Arts of Early Modern China (1500-1700)
  • AH 5180 - Contemporary East Asian Art
  • AH 5191 - Visual Culture of China
  • AH 5400 - Asian Art History
  • AH 5410 - History of Chinese Art
  • AH 5430 - History of Japanese Art
  • CHIN 5310 - Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 5320 - Advanced Chinese II
  • ECON 5750 - Economics of China
  • ECON 5760 - Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • CLWR 5450 - Women in Buddhist Traditions
  • CLWR 5410 - Contemporary Religious Thought
  • GEOG 5290 - World Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5380 - Geography of Asia
  • GEOG 6380 - Seminar in Regional Geography: Asia
  • HIST 5463 - History of China from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era
  • HIST 5464 - History of China from the Early Modern Era to the Present
  • HIST 5480 - Traditional Japan
  • HIST 5481 - Modern Japan
  • HIST 6500 - Seminar in East Asian History
  • HIST 6907 - Colloquium in East Asian History
  • ILL 5890 - Women in Chinese Literature
  • JPN 5310 - Advanced Japanese I
  • JPN 5320 - Advanced Japanese II
  • JPC 5100 - Field Study in Japan
  • JPC 5500 - Japan: A Sociocultural Interpretation
  • JPC 5900 - Special Topics in Japanese Culture
  • POLS 5440 - East Asia in World Politics
  • POLS 5450 - Government and Politics of Japan
  • POLS 6300 - Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • MDIA 7670 - Comparative and International Media Systems

East Asian Language

Students should complete one year (two semesters) of one East Asian language or equivalent courses. Students entering with language proficiency will not be required to fulfill the language requirement and may substitute additional core hours to complete the program.

  • CHIN 5110 - Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN 5120 - Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN 5210 - Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 5220 - Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 5310 - Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 5320 - Advanced Chinese II
  • CHIN 5410 - Advanced Reading and Conversation
  • CHIN 5420 - Advanced Chinese: Myth and Traditional Values
  • CHIN 5990 - Special Studies
  • JPN 5110 - Elementary Japanese I
  • JPN 5120 - Elementary Japanese II
  • JPN 5210 - Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 5220 - Intermediate Japanese II
  • JPN 5310 - Advanced Japanese I
  • JPN 5320 - Advanced Japanese II
  • JPN 5380 - Spoken Japanese I
  • JPN 5440 - Fourth-Year Japanese I
  • JPN 5450 - Fourth-Year Japanese II
  • JPN 5480 - Readings in Japanese Culture I
  • JPN 5990 - Special Studies