The minor in Asian Studies provides students with an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary program of study that will give them an in-depth knowledge of the history, politics, society, and culture of traditional and contemporary Asia. The program embraces all of the sub regions of Asia, including East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), and the many countries of Southeast Asia. With such a diverse region it is especially important to take account of specific national cultures and traditions. To maximize the educational experience, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one term or summer studying in Asia. Most of the courses taught in University study-abroad programs in Asia may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.
The minor in Asian Studies requires 15 hours of study in specific courses. The first 6 hours (two courses) must be chosen from the four categories of the International Studies Basic Curriculum. Each of the two courses must be from a separate category: either World Cultures, International Politics, International Economics, or Global Perspective. The next nine hours (three courses) must be chosen from the Asian Studies curriculum (below), with at least one course from each of the two groups: Group I (Social Sciences) or Group II (Humanities and Arts). At least nine hours must be at the 3000 level or above. If a student is an International Studies major, only one course from the Area Studies curriculum may be double counted. A co-curricular requirement for the minor in Asian Studies is one year of college-level study of an Asian language. This requirement may be met through examination, the transfer of language study credit from another university, or by taking courses on campus.
For detailed program requirements, please click review the Asian Studies Program site.