Academics: Undergraduate Program / Certificate for East Asian Studies

EAS Certificate Goals | EAS Certificate Requirements | EAS Certificate Application

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) offers an undergraduate certificate in East Asian Studies. This certificate provides students with the opportunity for interdisciplinary, in-depth study of historical and contemporary East Asian societies and cultures. Students may choose from a variety of courses in different disciplines to construct a sequence that complements their major field of study and prepares them to engage knowledgeably with East Asia in their chosen professions or graduate study. The certificate is particularly appropriate for students interested in the social sciences (e.g. history, political science, sociology, economics, public policy) as an alternative to the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies minor.

The course of study for program participants is intended to be interdisciplinary. Students working toward a certificate in East Asian Studies will declare a major in an academic department. They are encouraged to declare their interest in receiving a certificate in East Asian studies by their fifth semester. To qualify for the certificate, students must complete an approved gateway course and an approved capstone seminar, and take four additional electives, including East Asian language courses, all of which must be at or above the 200 level. Also, at least two different departments must be represented overall in the courses selected, with no more than three courses counting from one single department or major.

In addition to offering courses and a certificate on completion of the requirements, the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute also sponsors lectures, films, and offers multiple scholarships for study abroad in East Asia. Undergraduates will also have the opportunity to publish their academic work for the certificate in the student run Duke East Asia Nexus Journal.

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