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Asia Studies Certificate

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The Asia Studies certificate offers students the opportunity for a highly-specialized and integrative look at trans-regional and international issues related to Asia, focusing on the culture, history, politics and languages of the region.

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    Interest in Asia and Asian Studies has increased dramatically in recent years. For some, Asia represents opportunity for business, trade and commercial exchange as one of the new and vast marketplaces of the 21st century. For others, Asia is a place where remarkable expressions of traditional culture such as religion, poetry and art have stayed alive even into the 21st century. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state is a gateway to the East and offers an ideal setting to learn about the interactions between Asia and the rest of the world. This Asia Studies certificate offers students the opportunity for a highly-specialized and integrative look at trans-regional and international issues related to Asia focusing on the culture, history, politics and languages of the region.

    What will I study?

    Acceptance to the certificate program requires that the student have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all courses at EWU, and the approval of the certificate coordinator. In no course required for the certificate can the student receive below a 3.0, and all courses within the certificate must have a 3.3 minimum cumulative grade point average. All required courses for the certificate, other than the language requirement, must be completed at EWU. Transfer credits, other than language credits, will not be accepted for certificate completion. Completion of this certificate will also satisfy the minor requirement for students completing majors where a minor is required.

    Required Certificate Courses

    1. Language requirement: 10 credits of a relevant language. This may be met with credits from outside of EWU.
    2. Choose two courses from two of the areas and one course from the third*
    3. All students must complete the 1 credit assessment course. (GOVT 493)

    All course selections must be approved by the certificate coordinator

    Government:

    GOVT 322 International Political Economy
    GOVT 327 Politics of Developing Nations
    GOVT 328 Politics of the People's Republic of China
    GOVT 329 Politics of South Asia
    INST 380 Japan Today

    History:

    HIST 300 Nationalism and Colonialism in Southeast Asia
    HIST 310 Imperial China
    HIST 410 China in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    HIST 416 History of Modern Japan
    HIST 498 Democracy and Human Rights in Asia

    Anthropology/Geography:

    ANTH 349 Major Civilizations of Asia
    GEOG 333 Geography of Monsoon Asia
    GEOG 335 The Geography of the Pacific Rim

    Directed Study:
    GOVT 493 Portfolio Assessment

    Emphases / Concentrations:

    Contact Information

    Nita Holbert, Secretary Supervisor
    Patterson 233
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: nholbert@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2362
    fax: 509.359.6049

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