Academic Program

The undergraduate certificate of Asian American studies will give you a strong understanding of the Asian American experience. You'll learn about Asian American peoples' cultures and history, as well as current issues that affect their identities and contributions to the world.

This certificate is open to all NIU undergraduates. If you're interested in pursuing it, contact the program coordinator as soon as possible.


The certificate requires 12 credit hours. You can fulfill the certificate requirements by taking courses in a variety of areas like anthropology, art, geography and political science. By engaging in this interdisciplinary coursework, you'll be able to explore and develop your research interests and career goals.

Some courses may have prerequisites that aren't part of the certificate program.

Who Is the Certificate For?

This certificate is for anyone interested in the cultures and history of Asian Americans. All majors are welcome, though the program may be especially relevant to the following areas of study:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Technology and engineering
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Public health
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Arts


By getting your certificate in Asian American studies, you'll explore complex issues of diversity, social justice and equity. You'll grow your critical thinking and persuasive writing skills and learn how to advocate for Asian American communities.

The abilities you gain will help prepare you for a successful career in many areas, such as government, health care, business, law, education, politics, psychology, social work and academia. You'll be an excellent candidate for jobs that require a deep understanding of diversity and/or Asian American cultures.

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Chih-I Hsiao
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Justine Nham
Graduate Assistant

Vianca Ocampo
Graduate Assistant

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