East Asian Relations Certificate

For more information, please contact the Liberal Studies Coordinator.

Certificate Description

East Asia is a place where traditions and ancient spirituality stay alive. At the same time, contemporary East Asia takes a lead for business, trade and commercial exchange as one of the new and vast marketplaces of the 21st century through the East Asian culturel products - computer games, manga, anime music from Japan/Korea/Chinese/other EAS countries. Being in Hawaii with strong East Asian heritage and its population, students learn historical and current interactions between East Asia and the rest of the world. This East Asian Relations Certificate offers students the opportunity for an integrative look at trans-regional issues related to East Asia. Understanding the East Asian culture is increasingly important in more and more fields - from Social Sciences to Humanities, history and political sciences to the arts and industries, and profit to non-profit. 

Students pursuing the Certificate in East Asian Relations will have the flexibility to study the country - Japan, China and Korea - through the scope of interdisciplinary subjects (such as Anthropology, Art History, Film, Libterature, History, Political Science, Religions, Sociology, and Women's and Gender & Studies).  The certificate enables students to document valuable expertise and train research and teaching skills about East Asia.

Requirements (36-38 credits)

  1. Culture Core Courses (3)
    • LANG¬†200 Intro to Jpns & Chns Studies (3)
  2. Language Core Courses (6-8)
    • 6-8 semester hours of East Asian Language courses
      • JPNS¬†101 Elementary Japanese I (4)
      • JPNS¬†101S Elementary Japanese I, Special (3)
      • JPNS¬†102 Elementary Japanese II (4)
      • JPNS¬†102S Elementary Japanese II Special (3)
      • JPNS¬†107 Accelerated Element Japanese (8)
      • JPNS¬†201 Intermediate Japanese I (4)
      • JPNS¬†202 Intermediate Japanese II (4)
      • JPNS¬†301 Third-Year Japanese I (3)
      • JPNS¬†302 Third-Year Japanese II (3)
      • JPNS¬†340 Japanese Composition (3)
      • JPNS¬†401 Fourth-Yr Japanese I (3)
      • JPNS¬†402 Fourth-Year Japanese II (3)
      • JPNS¬†425 Translation Workshop (3)
      • CHNS¬†101 Elementary Chinese I (4)
      • CHNS¬†102 Elementary Chinese II (4)
      • CHNS¬†200 Conversational CHNS Business (3)
      • CHNS¬†201 Intermediate Chinese I (4)
      • CHNS¬†202 Intermediate Chinese II (4)
      • KOR¬†101 Elementary Korean I (4)
      • KOR¬†102 Elementary Korean II (4)
  3. Electives (27)  Nine different courses, selected from at least two different course alphas in each area.
    • I. History
      • CHNS¬†360 Chinese Culture through Film (3)
      • HIST¬†310 Hist of Japan I: Early Japan (3)
      • HIST¬†311 Hist Japan II: Tokugawa to Mej (3)
      • HIST¬†312 Hist of China I: Early China (3)
      • HIST¬†313 History Of China II: Qing (3)
      • HIST¬†314 Hist of Jpn III: 20th Cent-Pre (3)
      • HIST¬†318 Hist China III: 20th Cent-Pres (3)
      • HIST 394 Asian American History (experimental course)
      • HIST¬†420 Mao (3)
      • JPNS¬†385 Postwar Japn through Film (3)
      • PHIL¬†302 Hist Of Buddhist Philosophy (3)
    • II. Art and Culture
      • ANTH¬†359 Cross-Cultural Cosmology (3)
      • ART¬†380 Art Of China (3)
      • ART¬†381 Art Of Japan (3)
      • CHNS¬†350 Chinese Folklore and Symbolism (3)
      • CHNS¬†364 Chns Lit in Eng-Modern (3)
      • CHNS¬†381 Chns Cult thru Arch & Garden (3)
      • JPNS¬†365 Japanese Lit in English (3)
      • JPNS386 [Course Info Not Available]
      • PHIL¬†430 Philosophy of Zen (3)
      • PHIL¬†435 Philosophy Of Tao (3)
    • III. Science of Human Society
      • ANTH¬†356 Japan (3)
      • ANTH¬†358 Japanese Immigrants (3)
      • ANTH¬†445 Ethnographic Field Tech (3)
      • JPNS¬†361 Feminism in Japan (3)
      • JPNS¬†383 Japanese Theatre & Performance (3)
      • POLS¬†351 Politics Of China (3)
      • POLS¬†353 Politics Of Japan (3)
      • POLS¬†357 Politics of the Pacific Rim (3)
      • POLS¬†457 U.S.-China Relations (3)
      • SOC¬†414 Global Social Movements &Japan (3)
The topic of internship, thesis and fieldwork courses must be East-Asia focused