Minor in Asian Studies

About the Minor

This minor offers an interdisciplinary look at the East, Southeast, and South Asia regions, which hold a critically important geopolitical position in terms of not only business and security, but also in terms of political, religious, cultural, and gender studies. Together with content courses in English offered through a variety of departments, this minor also includes 12.0 credits of instruction in one of our three Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, or Japanese).

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 12 credits of language study in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean12.0
Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of elective courses12.0-14.0
Sacred Traditions of the East
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
Topics in World Literature *
Japanese Cinema: Kurosawa
The Pacific War
Making of Modern South Asia
The World and China
East Asia in Modern Times
Empire and Environment
Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
Total Credits24.0-26.0

Study abroad, Global Studies (GST) courses at the 200 and 300 levels, and special topics courses focused on Asia will be considered for elective credit. Students must receive permission from the department.

Students who complete a minimum of 8 language credits in one language, including CHIN 202, KOR 202, or JAPN 202, are eligible to receive an intermediate language certificate.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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