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Do you wish to learn more about Asian Affairs for career advancement or personal enrichment?

Our certificate in Asian Affairs gives students an understanding of Asia today, offering insights into cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and economic variables essential to appreciating Asian societies, as well as a basic introduction to one Asian language.

Required Courses

The post-bac certificate in Asian Affairs consists of 15-16 credit hours to consist of the following components:

One course from each of the three areas (9 credit hours)
(Note: No more than 2 courses shall be below the 200-level)

Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
ENG-L 107 Oriental World Masterpieces 3
FINA-A 362 Art of Japan 3
REL-R 153 Religions of Asia 3
REL-R 354 Buddhism 3
History and Philosophy
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
HIST-G 100 Issues in Asian History I 3
HIST-G 200 Issues in Asian History II 3
HIST-H 207 Modern East Asian Civilization 3
HIST-H 208 American-East Asia Relations 3
HIST-G 385 Modern China 3
HIST-G 451 East Asian Civilizations 3
HIST-G 387 Contemporary China 3
PHIL-P 170 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL-P 334 Buddhist Philosophy 3
PHIL-P 374 Early Chinese Philosophy 3
Politics and Geography
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
POLS-Y 369 Introduction to East Asian Politics 3

Language (3-4 credit hours)
One course in Japanese. Specific course will depend on student performance on a placement test.

Electives (3 credit hours)
Students will take one additional elective course in language, culture, history & philosophy, politics & geography, or (strongly encouraged) a summer study abroad program in Asia.

These are available through the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study and other IU campuses. Possible examples include a 2-week program on documentaries in Japan, possibly a program through IU Southeast to China (2-3 weeks), a 2-week program on documentaries in Vietnam, and others.

Curriculum Map

The following is a suggested map of the curriculum for scheduling purposes.

Fall Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • Foreign Language (3 or 4 hours)
  • Political Science or Geography course*
  • Literature or Fine Arts course

*POLS-Y 369 typically offered in alternating (even years) fall semesters.

Spring Semester
3 hours required in each, unless otherwise stated.

  • History or Philosophy/Religion course
  • Elective Course

Total Hours - 15 or 16
*Other appropriate courses may be offered (e.g. special topics courses) and substituted subject to approval.

Admission Process

To apply for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, you must submit the following:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $35 is required. This fee is not required if you have previously applied for undergraduate admission at any Indiana University Campus.
  • Official transcripts from the college/university awarding your bachelor's degree.


For more information and advising, please contact Dana Gohmann, M.Ed., lead academic advisor in the School of Social Sciences.

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Dana Gohmann M.Ed.

Lead Academic Advisor/Assistant to the Dean

Crestview Hall 137
Phone: (812) 941-2391

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