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Asian Studies Minor

Dr. Johnathan Walker, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-1742
E-mail: walkerjx@jmu.edu

The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to broaden the students’ perspective by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and institutions. This program combines the offerings of several academic units, such as art, economics, history, foreign languages, political science, religion, and sociology and anthropology.

The minimum requirement for a minor in Asian studies is 18 credit hours. These 18 hours must include six hours of HIST 273, Asia to 1600 and HIST 274, Modern Asia. With the approval of the program adviser, seven to eight hours of either Chinese or Japanese language may be included in the minor.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
HIST 273. Asia to 1600
HIST 274. Modern Asia
Choose from the following:

ANTH 197. Archaeology
ANTH 380. Chinese Society and Culture
ARTH 302. Far Eastern Art
CHIN 101. Elementary Chinese
CHIN 102. Elementary Chinese
CHIN 231. Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 232. Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 300. Chinese Grammar and Communication
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
FL 490. Elementary Japanese
FL 490I. Intermediate Japanese
FL 490. Advanced Japanese
FL 490. Elementary Korean
GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia
G HUM 200. Great Works – Asia
G HUM 252 Cross-Cultural Perspectives – East Asian Humanities
HIST 371. India
HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia
HIST 377. History of Korea
HIST 460. Modern Japan
HIST 480. Modern China
JAPN 101. Elementary Japanese
JAPN 231. Intermediate Japanese
POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
REL 310. Religions of India
REL 312. Religions of East Asia
REL/PHIL 385. Buddhist Thought