Asian Studies Graduate Certificate

About the Program

Asia is gaining increasing economic and strategic prominence in the world, and Asian countries have rich and fascinating cultures and heritages. The Asian Studies graduate certificate at the University of Cincinnati is an interdisciplinary program of study on Asia, with courses from the humanities and social sciences. The certificate is a useful additional credential for students obtaining graduate degrees in these disciplines, as well as for students in business, education, planning, engineering, law, and other areas. It is also open to those who already have an undergraduate degree but are currently not enrolled in a degree program at the University of Cincinnati.


The Asian Studies graduate certificate requires four courses and at least 14 credits from the list below. These include AIST 7050 and three more courses from at least two disciplines, with the recommended coursework as follows:

  • 1 course: Survey of Asian Studies, AIST 7050
  • 1 course in Humanities and related areas (art history, history, culture, music, film, or related disciplines)
  • 1 course in Social Sciences or related areas (eg. political science, geography, economics, sociology, planning, environmental studies, and other disciplines)
  • 1 further course in the above or additional disciplines covering Asian topics    

Classes counting for the graduate certificate include:

  • AIST 6142: Early Modern Japanese Art
  • AIST 6145: East Asian Buddhist Art
  • AIST 6050, 6051: Japanese Prints             
  • AIST 6151: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture – Japan
  • AIST 6154: Asian Women and Representation
  • AIST 6171, 6172: Topics in Asian Art, Asian Culture
  • AIST 7078, 7083, 7084: Japan, China, East Asia
  • HIST 6024 / WGSS 6024: Gender & Empire
  • HIST 6000 / WGSS 7027: Gender, Sexuality, and Society in South Asia
  • HIST 6025/WGSS 6025: Women in South Asia
  • HIST 7054, 7056, 8047, 7052: Topics in History - East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Islamic World
  • MUHS 6067: Ethnomusicology (on Music of the Himalayas; Classical Indian Music; Music in South Asia, etc.) 
  • MUHS 6082-83: World Music Lab (on Indian instruments, Himalayan Music, etc.)
  • POL 6064: South Asia and the World
  • POL 6065: Women & Sustainable Development (with class research paper on Asia)
  • POL 6068, 7068: Nation, Race, Identity (with class research paper on Asia)
  • POL 6083: China and America
  • POL 6086: Asian Politics
  • POL 7069: Democracy and Development (with class research paper on Asia)    
  • GEOL 6021/41, EVST 6041: Geology of the Himalayas    
  • PLAN 6032: Sustainable Development – Global Issues (with class research paper on Asia)  
  • PLAN 6062: Energy Planning and Conservation (with class research paper on Asia) 

Other graduate classes covering Asia from the above or other departments.    


Please fill out the application at the Graduate School website    or  at     

Further Information

Please contact Dr. Gergana Ivanova (