Asian Studies Minor

The Asian studies minor involves courses from multiple departments in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education. The Departments of Government, History and Sociology, Languages and Linguistics, and Philosophy and Religion all contribute required courses to the minor.

Minor in Asian Studies

The minor in Asian studies focuses on the history, culture, and politics of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It provides students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Asian studies. Students take 24 credit hours of courses from lists of eligible electives. The minor helps prepare students for careers in business, government, and nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, and is designed to enhance the marketability of those applying to law schools, MBA programs and graduate schools in various disciplines.

Requirements for the minor in Asian studies: 24 credit hours, distributed as follows from lists (A), (B), and (C), and possibly (D) and (E):

A. Asian History Foundation Requirement (at least 4 credit hours). Students must take one or more of the following courses:

HIS 217 China’s Modern Centuries 4
HIS 221 Japan’s Modern Centuries 4
HISH/GWAH 317 China’s Revolutionary Twentieth Century 4


B. Asian Philosophy/Religion Foundation Requirement (at least 4 credit hours). Students must take one or more of the following courses:

PHLREL 237/217 Indian and Asian Philosophy 4
PHL 320 Chinese Philosophy 4
PHL 330 Asian Philosophy Special Topics (may be taken and counted toward the minor more than once, if the particular topic varies) 4


C. Asian Language Requirement (8 or more credit hours, unless proficiency is demonstrated in one of the other allowable ways):
Students must either (i) successfully complete at least 8 hours of the following courses, (ii) demonstrate proficiency in an approved Asian language by attaining the “novice advanced” level on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) or (iii) receive an official waiver for this requirement by being determined to be a native speaker of an approved Asian language by the chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics. (Students who take options (ii) or (iii) must take the 8 or more credit hours they would otherwise have taken to meet the Asian Language requirement by taking additional courses from lists (A) [above], (B) [above], or (D) [below]):

CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I 4
CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II 4
CHI 201 Intermediate Chinese I 4
CHI 202 Intermediate Chinese II 4
CHI 351-359 Topics in Chinese 8
JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I 4
JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II 4
JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I 4
JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II 4
JPN 351-359 Topics in Japanese 8


D. Asia-Focused Electives:
Students do not need to take any courses off of this list, but they may count up to 8 credit hours of coursework from the following list toward the 24 credit hours required for the Asian studies minor. (However, those students who complete the Asian language requirement by demonstrating proficiency via an OPI interview or by receiving an official “native speaker” waiver may count up to 16 credit hours from the following list.)

ART 278 Far East 4
ENG 324 Post-Colonial Literature and Theory 4
ENG 326 Buddhism and Literature 4
THR 330 Special Topics in Theatre: Asian Theatre 4
GWA 365 Politics of East Asia 4
HIS/GWA 296 America and Vietnam 4
HIS 227 Traditional China 4
HIS 293 Special Topics: Traditional Japan 4
HIS 327 Women and Gender in East Asia 4
LAN 100 Language and Culture (only if the language/culture is Chinese, Japanese, or some other language/culture of East Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent) 4
LAN 105 Language for Travel (only if the language/culture is Chinese, Japanese, or some other language/culture of East Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent) 4


E. Asia-In-Comparison Electives (up to 4 credit hours):
Students do not need to take any courses off of this list, but they may count up to 4 credit hours of coursework from the following list of eligible electives toward the minor.

COM 261 World Cinema 4
COM 401 Intercultural Communication 4
COM 443 Communication and Cultural Studies 4
ENG 312 Contemporary World Literature 4
ENG 337 Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature and Film 4
GWAH/HISH 232 Imperialism and Nationalism in Asia and Africa 4
HIS 102 World History to 1500 4
HIS 103 World History from 1500 to the present 4



See the course catalog for more information about the minor in Asian studies.