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The minor in Asian Studies facilitates the interdisciplinary study of this critical region that is home to the majority of the world’s population. The program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the history, society and cultures of South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia, and fosters an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, political and economic forces that characterize the region, both in the present and in the past. Coursework also tracks the cultural exchanges between Asia and the West and their influence on the global political and economic climate.

The Asian Studies minor provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of modern Asian cultures and is the perfect supplement for 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, finance and humanitarian work.

To complete the minor in Asian Studies, students are required to take six courses (18 credits).

Asian Studies Minor Curriculum

To complete the minor in Asian Studies, students are required to take six courses (18 credits).

Select 6 credits of the following:6
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Twentieth-Century World History
Blood and Revolution in China/Asian Studies
Japan's Modern Empire/Asian Studies
Monks, Kings and Rebels: Mainland Southeast Asia
Pirates and Matriarchs: Island Southeast Asia
Modern India
History of India
Colonizing the Body
Bollywood and History: Constructing India's Past
Borders & Battles: Conflict and the Legacy of Empire
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Open Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Intermediate Chinese I
Chinese Culture and Civilization
Introduction to Japanese Culture
Topics in Comparative Government
Virtual Internship in China
Art of War for Business Strategies and Leadership
Chinese Health Regimens
Survey of Non-Western Art
Special topics courses relevant to the minor are offered on a rotating basis to supplement the courses listed above.
Total Credits18