Asian Studies Minor

This multi-disciplinary program offers courses from different departments to help students understand the cultures, languages, belief systems and history in East Asia. Students must complete eighteen credit hours to earn a minor in Asian Studies. We strongly encourage students to study abroad as a means of fulfilling the language component and the elective requirements.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Required Courses: 9 hrs
CHIN 101: Elementary Mandarin I
CHIN 102: Elementary Mandarin II
HIST 109: Asian History to 1700

Choose a total of 9 hours from the following electives:
(select from two different departments)


ARTH 370: Asian Art and Architecture
HIST 212: Food, Culture and Identity in Asia
HIST 213: China: Film & History
HIST 325: Gender and Culture: East Asia
HIST 346: History of Modern China
HIST 347: History of Modern Japan
HIST 374: Social History of India
PHIL 218: Confucianism
PHIL 310: Asian Ethics
RELG 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies
RELG 315: Buddhism and the Joy of Being Awake
HIST/PHIL/ RELG 390: Selected Topics in Asian Studies

Selected topics should be confirmed with the director of Asian Studies for consideration as minor credit.

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad as a means of fulfilling the language component and the elective requirements. It is recommended that students study at our partner school, Tsinghua University, Beijing, for at least one semester.