Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies

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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 students are part of a regionally engaged intellectual community on campus.  Students are encouraged to participate in APSI's many Asia-focused events such as Asia-Pacific Forums, co-sponsored film events, APSI Speaker series and regular academic conferences convened by APSI core faculty.  Certificate students also receive priority for APSI funding opportunities.  

Certificate requirements:

Certificate students must complete six courses: an approved gateway course, an approved capstone seminar and four additional electives.  The elective courses must be at or above the 200 level; regional language courses may count as electives. 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. Certificate students are required to demonstrate proficiency in an East Asian regional language equivalent to completion of the second-year level language sequence at Duke or higher.  Students are encouraged to declare interest in receiving the EAS certificate by the fifth semester.


6 total courses including: 

  • 1 gateway
  • 1 capstone
  • 4 electives

Current Gateway and Capstone Courses (Spring 2022)


Gateway: Buddhism (RELIGION 120)

Capstone: Globalizing Asia (HISTORY 454S)


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


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