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Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Certificate

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Program Overview

Overview: The rich cultures, traditions, and societies of Southeast Asia are the focus of this interdisciplinary program supporting graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels at Ohio University.

This certificate program provides opportunities for focused study of this important and dynamic region of the world. 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 Southeast Asian 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, that form the basis of modern communities and nation-states of Southeast 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 Southeast Asia, and Comparative Media Systems.

To complete this certificate, 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.

Opportunities Upon Graduation: The academic program of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies 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 foreign service, 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.

Contact For More Information:
Takaaki Suzuki

Course Catalog



Students should take at least 3 core courses in SEA studies.

  • ANTH 5800: Cultures of South Asia (3.0HR)
  • ANTH 5860: Problems in Southeast Asia Anthropology (3.0HR)
  • CLWR 5330: Islam (4.0HR)
  • CLWR 5430: Sufism-Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam (4.0HR)
  • CLWR 5420: Political Islam (4.0HR)
  • CLWR 5450: Women in Buddhist Traditions (4.0HR)
  • CLWR 5410: Contemporary Religious Thought (4.0HR)
  • PBIO 5220: Tropical Plant Ecology (3.0HR)
  • GEOG 5290: World Economic Geography (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 5380: Geography of Asia (4.0HR)
  • GEOG 6380: Seminar in Regional Geography: Asia (4.0HR)
  • HIST 5050: The United States and the Vietnam War (4.0HR)
  • HIST 5450: Southeast Asia to c. 1750: The Creative Synthesis (4.0HR)
  • HIST 5451: Southeast Asia, c. 1750 to 1945: Change and Conflict (4.0HR)
  • HIST 5452: Southeast Asia, 1945 to the Present:The Search for Stability (4.0HR)
  • HIST 6405: Colloquium in the History of Southeast Asia (4.0HR)
  • INST 5200: Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (4.0HR)
  • INST 5201: Focus on Malaysia (3.0HR)
  • INST 5202: Tun Razak Seminar: Southeast Asia Studies (3.0HR)
  • INST 5906: Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies: Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia (4.0HR)
  • INST 5907: Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies: Cultural Analysis Through Media (4.0HR)
  • INST 5908: Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies (4.0HR)
  • MDIA 7670: Comparative and International Media Systems (4.0HR)
  • POLS 5470: Government and Politics of Southeast Asia (3.0HR)
  • IART 5601: Southeast Asian Puppet Theater (4.0HR)

Southeast Asian Language Requirement

A minimum of two semesters of a language is required. Students entering with language proficiency will not be required to fulfill the language requirement. This change is brought through adequate review and revision of the curricular components of the program. The change will not have any potential harm to other departments or schools.


Students should complete one year of one Southeast Asian language or equivalent courses.

  • CHIN 5110: Elementary Chinese I (4.0HR)
  • CHIN 5120: Elementary Chinese II (3.0HR)
  • HIND 5110: Elementary Hindi-Urdu I (4.0HR)
  • HIND 5120: Elementary Hindi-Urdu II (4.0HR)
  • HIND 5210: Intermediate Hindi-Urdu I (4.0HR)
  • HIND 5220: Intermediate Hindi-Urdu II (4.0HR)
  • INDO 5110: Elementary Indonesian/Malay I (4.0HR)
  • INDO 5120: Elementary Indonesian/Malay II (4.0HR)
  • INDO 5210: Intermediate Indonesian/Malaysian I (4.0HR)
  • INDO 5220: Intermediate Indonesian II (4.0HR)
  • INDO 5310: Advanced Indonesian I (3.0HR)
  • INDO 5320: Advanced Indonesian II (3.0HR)
  • KHMR 5110: Elementary Khmer I (4.0HR)
  • KHMR 5120: Elementary Khmer II (4.0HR)
  • KHMR 5210: Intermediate Khmer I (4.0HR)
  • KHMR 5220: Intermediate Khmer II (4.0HR)
  • THAI 5110: Elementary Thai I (4.0HR)
  • THAI 5120: Elementary Thai II (4.0HR)
  • THAI 5210: Intermediate Thai I (4.0HR)
  • THAI 5220: Intermediate Thai II (4.0HR)
  • THAI 5310: Advanced Thai I (3.0HR)
  • THAI 5320: Advanced Thai II (3.0HR)
  • VIET 5110: Elementary Vietnamese I (4.0HR)
  • VIET 5120: Elementary Vietnamese II (4.0HR)
  • VIET 5210: Intermediate Vietnamese I (4.0HR)
  • VIET 5220: Intermediate Vietnamese II (4.0HR)
  • INST 5909: Special Topics in Southeast Asian Languages and Literature (4.0HR)
  • INST 5911: Special Topics in Intermediate Southeast Asian Languages and Literature (4.0HR)
  • INST 6911: Special Topics in Advanced Southeast Asian Languages and Literature (4.0HR)
  • MALA 5310: Advanced Malaysian I (3.0HR)
  • MALA 5320: Advanced Malaysian II (3.0HR)
  • MALA 5930: Independent Study-Malaysian (1.0-4.0HR)