The Certificate in Area Studies: East Asia at Great Northern University provides the student with a strong foundation in the historical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of East Asian peoples, with an emphasis on the People's Republic of China and its influence on other East Asian countries.

Students will develop an awareness of the distinctive character of the Chinese worldview today. The program adds significant distinctiveness and competency to anyone seeking or already employed in any related career path. This includes cross-cultural missions, government service, or work with private NGOs serving in the East Asian region.

The emphasis of this program integrates knowledge of the history and culture of this region with a cultivation of one’s faith and vision for cross-cultural and cross-linguistic service among Chinese or other East Asian peoples.

Suggested Program Plan

What Can I Do with a Certificate in Area Studies: East Asia? 

  • Cross-cultural missions or leadership in an East Asian context
  • Government service area specialist
  • Cross-cultural consulting
  • Serve overseas with an NGO or entrepreneurship initiative
  • Begin further studies in history/culture or certification in education 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate in Area Studies: East Asia, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and articulate in detail an understanding of the historical, cultural, and social forces that influenced the development of Chinese culture and the modern states of East Asia that it has influenced from ancient times to the present day.
  • Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills for examining the interaction between historical and geo-political developments and the development of major aspects of the modern cultures of East Asia.
  • Articulate the major historical issues related to the development of the cultural worldview of modern East Asian peoples and its implications for cross-cultural ministry.
  • Demonstrate in written and verbal communication a strong understanding of the major challenges and issues related to cross-cultural service in an East Asian cultural context.

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