Graduate Certificate 
in Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a certificate program for graduate students completing the master’s or doctoral programs at NIU as well as for individuals for whom knowledge of the region would further their professional and intellectual development (school teachers, community college instructors, mid-career managers, business professionals, government employees, and non-governmental/non-profit agency staff).  The certificate can serve as an important professional credential for employment in an increasingly globalized world.  The certificate is available to students in good academic standing in any NIU graduate program or in the graduate-level classification of student-at-large.

The certificate requires proficiency in a Southeast Asian language (equivalent to one year of language courses [10 hours]). Students may test out of the language requirement; native speakers from Southeast Asia may have the language requirement waived. In addition to the language, the certificate requires a series of four courses offered, on-campus or on-line, by the center's affiliated academic units including one core course, SEAS 625: Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (3 credits), and three elective courses selected from the three categories listed on worksheet below.

Students interested in pursuing this certificate are advised to meet with advisors from their major departments and with the director or assistant director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Graduate SEA studies students: Prof. Eric Jones, Assistant Director (Fall 2015, Spring 2016), Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Courses and degree requirements