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Minor in Asian Studies

The minor in Asian studies provides students with a general introduction to the history and culture of Asian countries through a combination of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students interested in the minor must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study (available at, under “Forms”) to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor after consultation with the coordinator of the Asian studies program.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Asian Studies
Five courses, as follows:

  1. Two courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  2. One course must be in history. The remaining four courses may be selected from Asian art history, anthropology, Chinese language (strongly suggested), cinema, literature, philosophy, politics, and theatre arts.

Courses available for the minor in Asian studies include:

Anthropology (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
ANT 2400/Anthropology of South Asia
ANT 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures
ANT 3600/Contemporary Japan: Aesthetics, Politics, Modernity

Art History (School of Humanities):
ARH 2795/Introduction to East Asian Art
ARH 4710/Exoticism in Modern Art

Chinese Language and Culture (School of Humanities):
CHI 1010/Beginning Chinese I
CHI 1020/Beginning Chinese II
CHI 1505/Chinese Culture and Social Life
CHI 2010/Intermediate Chinese I
CHI 2020/Intermediate Chinese II
CHI 3010/Advanced Chinese I
CHI 3020/Advanced Chinese II

Cinema Studies (School of Film and Media Studies):
CIN 3757/New Waves of East Asian Cinema

History (School of Humanities):
HIS 2250/Introduction to Asian Studies
HIS 2600/History of Modern Japan
HIS 2820/Introduction to Chinese Arts and Culture
HIS 2830/Modern East Asia
HIS 3145/Chinese Cinema and History
HIS 3269/Vietnam and Modern America
HIS 3310/Politics and Literature in Modern China
HIS 3510/China in the Modern Age
HIS 3770/Traditional China

Literature (School of Humanities):
LIT 2387/Literature of the South Asian Diaspora
LIT 3215/South Asian Literature
LIT 3226/Literature of Decolonization in South Asia

Philosophy (School of Humanities):
PHI 2430/Classical Buddhist Philosophy
PHI 3290/Chinese Philosophy: From Confucius through the
    Neo-Confucian Synthesis of the Sung Dynasty

Political Science (School of Natural and Social Sciences):
POL 2105/Citizens Living Under Islamic Laws
POL 2350/Free Speech, Heresy, and Gender in Islamic Societies
POL 3430/Politics of South Asia
POL 3573/Human Rights and Literature

Theatre and Performance (Conservatory of Theatre Arts):
THP 3155/The Theatrical Avant-Garde: East Meets West
THP 3260/Theatre and Asia

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