The certificate introduces students to continuity and change in the Asian world, encompassing East Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. There are a number of reasons for referring to these three areas as Asia. First, trade routes have connected Asia for at least two millennia. Religious and philosophical perspectives have united large segments of Asia including Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam. From the era of European colonial conquest to the present day, many parts of Asia have a shared history of conflict. Finally, there are indigenous cultural traditions that Asian regions have sought to preserve and celebrate in the face of pressure to westernize. In short, a variety of careers in this era of globalization necessitates knowledge of international affairs. Students in the Asian Studies Certificate will benefit from being exposed to diverse approaches to the study of Asia.
A certificate can be earned with 15 credits in courses that focus on Asia. No more than 9 of these credits may be earned in a single discipline. For example, a student could apply HBR 1120 and HBR 1121 for 8 credits toward the certificate. Then such a student would need to fulfill the rest of the requirements through content courses. These content courses include those from Anthropology, Communications, English, History, Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies.