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APSI’s undergraduate certificate in East Asian Studies provides students with the opportunity for interdisciplinary, in-depth study of historical and contemporary East Asian societies and cultures. Students construct a sequence of courses complementing their major field of study, enabling them to knowledgeably engage with East Asia in professional and academic contexts.

Certificate requirements:

Certificate students must complete six courses: an approved gateway course, an approved capstone seminar and four additional electives, including East Asian language courses. The elective courses must be at or above the 200 level. At least two different departments must be represented in the course selection, with no more than three courses from one single department. No more than two of the required six courses may double count for a major, minor or another certificate program. Students should declare interest in receiving the EAS certificate by the fifth semester.


6 total courses including:

  • 4 electives
  • 1 gateway
  • 1 capstone

Current Gateway and Capstone Courses (Fall 2020)


Gateway: Religions of Asia (RELIGION 175)

Capstone: Trauma and Space in Asia (AMES 410S)


  • Intermediate Chinese I (CHINESE 203)
  • Intermediate Chinese II (CHINESE 204)
  • Migrant China (CULANTH 241)
  • Chinatowns: A Cultural History (AMES 335)

Current courses that count toward the certificate, including eligible gateway and capstone courses, can be found on the APSI course list.  

Undergraduates will also have the opportunity to publish their academic work for the certificate in the student-run Duke East Asia Nexus Journal.


Email us at apsi@duke.edu to officially enroll in the certificate program.