Coordinator, Hanmee Kim
Asia stands as the largest and most populous continent. It is the site of diverse and rich cultural and intellectual traditions, as well as political and economic dynamics that have profound global impact. The significance of this region has only become more pronounced in recent decades within our increasingly interdependent and interrelated world.
The Asian Studies certificate equips students to pursue a deeper understanding of this complex and relevant place that is Asia. The certificate has two main objectives:
- To pursue an understanding of the history, culture, and social experiences of various communities in the Asian continent on their own terms and within their specific contexts rather than only through the lens of the Anglo-American context.
- To appreciate the complexities of Asia as both a place and an idea by exploring distinct communities within this broader category.
To fulfill the second objective, students are required to study various topics in Asian Studies from multidisciplinary perspectives. Moreover, the different categories of courses applicable to the certificate encourage students to take courses on communities in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Students may appreciate the distinct and unique insights and developments within each region, while also forming understandings of the complex ways in which these various regions connect with one another to shape the larger region as a whole. The “Transpacific Asia” category also allows for a study of how transpacific relations and movements of people and ideas are informing the larger category of Asia.
Students from any major are eligible for the Asian Studies certificate. The Asian Studies certificate would be particularly beneficial for students who are considering careers in foreign service, international business, education, international law, and non-governmental organizations. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in fields related to Asian Studies would also benefit from this certificate.
Requirements (24 hours):
At least half of the hours for the certificate must be completed in residence at Wheaton. This certificate has a language training/study abroad requirement.
|HIST 293||Introduction to Asian Studies||4|
|Language Training or Study Abroad Requirement:||8|
- OR - An approved study abroad program in Asia. **
|Students must fulfill 12-20 credit hours from at least two of the following five categories. Students cannot exceed 12 hours from each category.|
|1. Language Courses:|
|CHIN 201||Intermediate Mandarin Chinese||4|
|CHIN 302||Chinese Through Scripture||4|
|CHIN 331||Chinese Conversation||4|
|CHIN 332||Chinese Grammar and Composition||4|
|CHIN 335||Business Chinese||4|
|CHIN 337||Readings of Chinese Culture and Society||4|
|2. East Asia - Humanities:|
|ENGL 121||Japanese Literature and Film||4|
|HIST 102||Exploring the Global Past (topic "Rise and Fall of Imperial Japan" OR "Exploring the Korean War")||4|
|HIST 335||The Construction of Modern Japan, 1800-1960||4|
|HIST 336||Modern Korea||4|
|3. East Asia - Social Sciences:|
|B EC 331||International Business||4|
|IR 302||Topics in International Politics (topic "Empire")||4|
|IR 347||East Asian Politics||4|
|IR 364||East Meets West||4|
|IR 367||International Law||4|
|PSCI 323||Chinese Political Thought||4|
|4. South and Southeast Asia:|
|ANTH 435||Power and Gender in Southeast Asia||4|
|CORE 356||AIS: Global Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations||4|
|HNGR 496||Internship in Development||4-8|
|5. Transpacific Asia:|
|CORE 362||AIS: Christianity - Asia to America||4|
|SOC 371||Asians in America||4|
Elective options for the Asian Studies Certificate can include experimental courses, special topics courses that are offered on an occasional basis, and independent studies relevant to Asian Studies. Students must submit a petition to have such courses be approved as elective courses in relevant categories listed above, and the courses will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Examples of these courses include, but are not limited to, courses in Anthropology on South and Southeast Asia.
Courses in approved study abroad programs** need to be approved by the coordinator before they can be applied as Elective courses in relevant categories listed above.
Heritage and native speakers may be exempt from this requirement if they can demonstrate Intermediate-level proficiency through a placement exam. Placement exams are available through the Department of Modern and Classical languages or they can advise regarding other options to demonstrate proficiency.
Approved study abroad programs include Wheaton in China, Wheaton in Korea, Tokyo Christian University, Handong University, and HNGR. All other study abroad programs in Asia must be approved by the Director of Study Abroad in Global Program and Studies (GPS) and the Asian Studies coordinator.