Asian Studies

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Program Description

Honolulu Community College offers students the opportunity to study the languages and cultures of Asia in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly or indirectly to Asia.

Honolulu Community College offers students the opportunity to study the cultures of Asia in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly or indirectly to Asia.

To receive this credential, the student must complete 30 credits of Asian Studies-related academic coursework. In addition, a student must show proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to or better than having finished the second semester of a second year college language course (i.e. JPN 202). A student can show proficiency through a transcript showing the student has finished the second year of an Asian Language course with a grade of "C" or higher, or by providing a certificate or letter showing the results of a placement test at a recognized university or college language testing facility. Native speakers of an Asian language can show proficiency by certifying their native speaker status. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all courses required in the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of the Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies, students will be able to:

  • Understand his/her own culture in a comparative context relative to Asia - that is, recognize that his/her culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based in cultural differences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Asian issues, processes, trends, and systems (i.e., economic and political interdependency among nations, environmental cultural interaction, transnational governance bodies, and nongovernmental organizations).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Asian cultures (beliefs, values, perspectives, practices, and products).
  • Use knowledge, Asian cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.
  • Communicate and connect with people in Asian language communities in a range of settings for a variety of purposes, developing skills in each of the four modalities: speaking (productive), listening (receptive), reading (receptive), and writing (productive).
  • Use Asian language skills and/or knowledge of Asian cultures to extend his/her access to information, experiences, and understanding.
  • Use writing to discover and articulate ideas about Asia.
  • Apply numeric, graphic, or other forms of symbolic reasoning accurately and appropriately.
  • Appreciate the language, art, religion, philosophy, and material way of life of Asian cultures.
  • Recognize cultural differences and tolerate cultural ambiguity.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing interest in seeking out international or intercultural opportunities.