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Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies

The Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies is available to students working toward a baccalaureate degree in any of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s schools and colleges, and to Special Students. The Certificate is designed to address a strong and growing interest among UW-Madison students in study of the East Asian region (China, Korea, Japan and Tibet). This certificate meets the needs of students choosing to focus on the East Asian region within their primary major, but not wishing to commit to the rigorous language study required for the East Asian Major. Students are able to select coursework reflecting their interests from myriad classes cross-listed with many University departments, and can work toward a variety of undergraduate majors.

Upon earning the Certificate in East Asian Studies, this emphasis is noted on the student’s official transcript. The Certificate is of value to students wishing to demonstrate their knowledge of the East Asian region either to potential employers or graduate schools.

Requirements for the Certificate:

  • Completion of 21 credits and 6 courses with an East Asian emphasis selected from at least 3 departments. East Asian 255 is required within these 21 credits, unless specific exception (per approval of the Center Director) is given. At least 3 courses must be at the 300 course level or higher. A complete list of currently eligible courses is available here.

  • A maximum of 3 credits of 699 or 698 (Directed Study) can be counted toward the Certificate requirements.

  • Study of an East Asian language is strongly encouraged, but not required. Courses in elementary Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan are available enabling a solid introduction to the fundamentals of the languages, without necessarily requiring additional advanced language coursework.

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