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Minor in Asian Studies

Minor Overview

This interdisciplinary minor provides you with a window into the fascinating history and the cultural dynamics of countries in East and Southeast Asia. You’ll learn about the artistic, literary and intellectual contributions of the peoples of Asia, as well as political structures and religious belief systems. Course work also tracks the cultural exchanges between Asia and the West and their influence on the current political and economic world stage.

The Asian studies minor deepens your understanding and appreciation of modern Asian cultures and provides the perfect supplement for your personal or academic interests in the region. Foreign language courses, offered in both Chinese and Japanese, are especially useful for cultural immersion while studying abroad, volunteering or pursuing job opportunities in careers such as teaching, business relations and humanitarian work.

Curriculum and Requirements

To complete the minor in Asian Studies, students are required to take six courses (18 credits) distributed as follows:



Select 6 credits of the following:

JP 101
JP 102

Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II

CN 101
CN 102

Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II


Select 6 credits of the following:

HS 208

Twentieth-Century World History

HS 235

History of Modern China/Asian Studies

HS 236

History of Modern Japan/Asian Studies

HS 271

History of Southeast Asia 1

HS 272

History of Southeast Asia 2

HS 305

Vietnam (COM 305)

HS 332

History of India

Open Electives

Select 6 credits of the following:

AN 337

Anthropology of Health and Medicine

CN 201

Intermediate Chinese I

CN 202

Intermediate Chinese II

PO 331

Topics in Comparative Government

Total Credits