Multidisciplinary Studies

Certificate Programs

Asian Studies

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Please Note: This certificate is being phased out and will not be available to freshmen entering in the Fall of 2013 and later. An East Asian Studies major and minor are available beginning in the Fall of 2013.

Certificate Requirements

The Asian Studies Program at the University of Rochester is designed to permit students concentrating in the social sciences and humanities to develop knowledge of Asian cultures and languages as a complement to their disciplinary concentration. Those interested in the program must satisfy the requirements in their major field and, in addition, submit a program that includes at least the following:

  • Six courses from those listed under the heading of Primary Courses in Asian Studies, with an understanding that no more than two will be taken in any one department.
  • Four additional courses from those listed under the heading of Modern Languages and Cultures (Chinese or Japanese), Religion and Classics (Sanskrit) or Allied Asian Courses.

In addition:

  • None of the courses used toward the certificate may be taken satisfactory/fail.
  • Students must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in courses submitted for the program.

The Asian Studies Certificate Program is administered through the Multidisciplinary Studies Center. Students who plan to enroll in the program should pick up a registration form from the Center in Dewey 4209-B and then consult with one of the Center's advisers. 

Upon graduation, students successfully completing their Asian Studies Program will receive a certificate in Asian Studies at their departmental diploma ceremony.

A. Primary Courses in Asian Studies:


  • ANT 264 Islam and Global Politics
Modern Languages and Cultures — Japanese
  • JPN 210 Introduction to Traditional Japanese Culture
  • JPN 214 Atomic Creatures: Godzilla
  • JPN 217 Traditional Japanese Literature
  • JPN 218 Reel War: War on Film
  • JPN 219 Manga and Anime
  • JPN 219a Tourist Japan
  • JPN 220 Urban Culture, 1650-1850
  • JPN 222 Japanese Theater
  • JPN 233 The Culture of Zen
  • JPN 234 Haiku Poetry
  • JPN 246 Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • JPN 247 Samurai Connections
  • JPN 253 Japanese Fascism and Mishima
  • JPN 254 Modern Japanese Literature
  • JPN 255 Japanese Literature and the Problem of Evil
  • JPN 256 The City in Film
  • JPN 261 Japanese Cities
  • JPN 263 Great Novels of China and Japan
  • JPN 273 Japanese Women Writers
  • JPN 283 History of Japanese Film
  • JPN 284 Mobsters, Monsters, Swords
  • JPN 285 Akira Kurosawa
  • JPN 286 The Japanese New Wave (1960s Cinema)
  • JPN 287 Rebel Film: Oshima Nagisa
  • JPN 290 Women in Japanese Film
  • JPN 291 Contemporary Japanese Cinema
  • JPN 292 Japanese Animation (Anime)
  • JPN 294 Hayao Miyazaki and Planet Ghibli

Modern Languages and Cultures — Chinese

  • CHI 211 Introduction to Premodern Chinese Literature
  • CHI 212 Cities and the Country in Modern Chinese Culture
  • CHI 215 Power of Images
  • CHI 220 Chinese Landscapes
  • CHI 232 Asian Calligraphy: History and Practice
  • CHI 233 Chinese Visual Culture: Medium and Materiality


  • HIS 105 Traditional Japan
  • HIS 108 Traditional China
  • HIS 183 Modern China, 1600-present
  • HIS 184 Modern Japan
  • HIS 238 History of British India
  • HIS 280 The Asian American Experience
  • HIS 296 Women in East Asia
  • HIS 314W International Human Rights
  • HIS 347W Tokugawa Japan, 1560-1850
  • HIS 348W Modern Japan, 1850-1945
  • HIS 387W Nation & Culture in 20th-Century China
  • HIS 388W Modern China in Film
  • HIS 389W Gender in Late Imperial and Modern China

Religion and Classics

  • REL 105 The Asian Search for Self
  • REL 106 From Confucius to Zen
  • REL 173 Religions of Japan
  • REL 255 Hindu Goddesses and Women
  • REL 260 Hindu Ascetics, Mystics and Doctors
  • REL 261 Hindu Tantric Yoga
  • REL 262 The Bhagavadgita
  • REL 263 Japanese Noh Drama
  • REL 266 Buddhist Philosophers, Poets & Siddhas
  • REL 270 Medicine, Alchemy & Religion in India
  • REL 271 Medieval Hindu Philosophy
  • REL 308 Gods & Goddesses in Hindu Mythology
  • REL 310 Seminar in Mahabharata
  • REL 311 Seminar in Hindu Tantrism & Esoteric Traditions

B. Modern Languages and Culture, Religion and Classics (Languages)

Any offering from Modern Languages and Cultures (Chinese and Japanese) or Religion and Classics (Sanskrit)

C. Allied Asian Courses


  • HIS 201 The Third World

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