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East Asian Studies Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies is a 24-credit course of instruction designed to provide specialized knowledge of the cultures, histories and contemporary concerns of the peoples of China, Japan and Korea.

The Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies will complement and enrich a student's major. The curriculum focuses on language instruction, civilization courses and electives in several departments and programs of the university. It is designed specifically for students who wish to expand their knowledge of East Asia and demonstrate to prospective employers, the public and graduate and professional schools a special competence and set of skills in East Asian affairs.

About the East Asian Studies Certificate

Degree Requirements

Students will earn a total of 24 credits, distributed as indicated below. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses, with a grade of “C” or better in each course, and recommendation by the director of the Undergraduate Certificate Program in East Asian Studies, a certificate will be awarded. A notation of the award of the certificate will be included on the student's transcript. The student must have a baccalaureate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, awarded previous to or simultaneously with an award of the certificate.

Core Courses

  • HIST 284: “East Asian Civilization I”  (3 credits)
  • HIST 285: “East Asian Civilization II” (3 credits)
  • Six semester hours of introduction to one of the following East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese or Korean)
    • CHIN 101: “Elementary Chinese I”(6 credits)
    • JAPN 101: “Elementary Japanese I” (6 credits)
    • BOTH:
      • KORA 211: “Introductory Readings for Speakers of Korean I” (3 credits)
      • KORA 212: “Introductory Readings for Speakers of Korean II” (3 credits)


Students must complete at least 12 hours of electives selected from four formally approved courses on East Asia in at least two of the categories of courses listed in the current undergraduate curriculum.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature
  • Geography
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Language, Linguistics, and Literature
  • Public Affairs
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Other Requirements

  • Nine of the electives must be upper division (300-400 level) courses.
  • A maximum of three credit hours of special topics courses on East Asia will be allowed with the approval of the director.
  • No more than nine credits from any one department may be applied toward the certificate.
  • No more than nine credits applied to the student's major may also apply to the certificate.
  • No more than nine credits of the courses applied toward the certificate may be transferred from other institutions.
  • Students are asked to work with their advisers in ensuring that the electives maintain an interdivisional and interdisciplinary focus (at least three disciplines are recommended).

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