Graduate Certificate: Asian and Asian American Studies

AAAS Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) provides a means for graduate students who are already enrolled in existing graduate departments the opportunity to enhance their studies with a focus on topics related to Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. The AAAS Graduate Certificate seeks to produce research and scholarship that engages "Asia Across the World" in its many forms, including consideration of hybridity, trans-nationalism, and global/local tensions.


Students will learn how Asian and Asian diasporic societies, cultures, histories, and migrations mutually engage with global processes of social and cultural change. They will become conversant in the comparative study of different Asian cultures and regions and learn how social, cultural and historical phenomena in Asia and Asian diasporic societies have appeared, developed, and interacted with the rest of the world.


Certificate students will be required to take a minimum of three graduate courses (12 credit hours). At least two (2) of the three courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's graduate advisor, based upon the student's primary interests and previous background. In addition, students concentrating on Asian Studies must take one Asian American Studies and Diasporic Studies course and students concentrating on Asian American and Diasporic Studies must take one Asian Studies course.

No transfer credit will apply to the certificate. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and all courses used to complete the certificate must be taken with a normal grading option.


Students choosing the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Studies field must reach proficiency in the relevant language equivalent through the third-year level of study by the time of completion of the MA. Students admitted to one of these fields will already have had at least two, and in many cases, three years of undergraduate language training.

It is expected that students enrolled in the South Asia Studies field will have second-year level proficiency in an Asian language relevant to their course of study by the completion of the MA. This requirement can be waived in some cases, based on the student's particular course of study. The Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and Global Asia Studies fields have no explicit language requirement, but if a particular language is necessary for the student's course of study, that student will be expected to develop competence in it by the time of completion of the MA.


Students apply for the AAAS Graduate Certificate through the Binghamton University Graduate School's online application process.

headshot of Sungdai Cho

Sungdai Cho

Director, Center for Korean Studies; Professor, Korean and Linguistics; Graduate Director

Center for Korean Studies; Department of Asian and Asian American Studies