Asian Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Minor only

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A minor in Asian studies provides interdisciplinary instruction in the varieties of Asian languages and cultures. It enables students to consolidate various course offerings into a meaningful and cohesive program relevant to several major fields of specialization. (Combining a Japanese Studies major with an Asian Studies minor requires approval from both programs.)


  1. Complete 15 credits in approved Asian studies courses:*
    1. Department of Foreign Languages
      CHNS F101--Elementary Chinese I--5 credits
      CHNS F102--Elementary Chinese II--5 credits
      CHNS F201--Intermediate Chinese--4 credits
      CHNS F202--Intermediate Chinese II--4 credits
      JPN F101--Elementary Japanese I--5 credits
      JPN F102--Elementary Japanese II--5 credits
      JPN F201--Intermediate Japanese I--4 credits
      JPN F202--Intermediate Japanese II--4 credits
    2. Department of Geography
      GEOG F311W--Geography of Asia--3 credits
    3. Department of History
      HIST F121--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F122--East Asian Civilization--3 credits
      HIST F330--Modern China--3 credits
      HIST F331--Modern Japan--3 credits
      HIST F333--Foundations of Japanese History--3 credits
      HIST/WMS F414--Women and Gender in East Asian History--3 credits
    4. Department of Philosophy
      PHIL F202--Introduction to Eastern Philosophy--3 credits
    5. Department of Political Science
      PS F464W--East Asian Governments and Politics--3 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--15 credits

* Courses must be distributed among at least three departments and include material on at least two Asian countries. Students are strongly encouraged to include a semester or more of Asian language.