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Asian Studies 

The purpose of this cross disciplinary 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 anthropology, art, design and art history, economics, English, geography, history, international business, foreign languages, political science, and religion and philosophy.

The minimum requirement for a minor in Asian studies is 18 credit hours. These 18 hours can include any of the following courses. Special topics courses not listed can be applied to the minor degree with approval of the program coordinator. A maximum of eight hours of Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Hindi language may be included to satisfy credit hour requirements of the minor.


Credit Hours

ANTH 197. Archaeology


ANTH 295. Peoples and Cultures of East Asia


ARTH 430. 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


CHIN 397. Intensive Reading and Writing in Chinese


CHIN 490. Special Studies in Chinese


ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems


ENG 378. Studies in South Asian Literature


GEOG 334. Geography of East and Southeast Asia


GEOG 338. Geography of the Philippine Islands: Problems and Possibilities


HUM 200. Great Works – Asia


HUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives – East Asian Humanities


HUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives – Global South Asia


HUM 252. Cross Cultural Perspectives – Gandhi, Non-Violence and Global Transformation


HIST 273. East Asia to 1600


HIST 274. Modern East Asia


HIST 311. China to 1600


HIST 312. Japan since 1600


HIST 371. India


HIST 375. History of Modern Southeast Asia


HIST 377. History of Korea


HIST 378. China in the Modern World


HIST 379. Family and Gender in East Asia


HIST 460. Modern Japan


IB 298-I. Business Environment in China and Southeast Asia


IB 298-II. Doing Business in China


JAPN 101. Elementary Japanese


JAPN 102. Elementary Japanese


JAPN 111. Intensive Japanese I


JAPN 212. Intensive Japanese II


JAPN 231. Intermediate Japanese


JAPN 232. Intermediate Japanese


JAPN 300. Japanese Grammar and Communication


KOR 101. Elementary Korean


KOR 102. Elementary Korean


KOR 231. Intermediate Korean


KOR 232. Intermediate Korean


POSC 355. East Asian Politics


REL 308. Islam in South Asia


REL 310. Hindu Traditions


REL 312. Religions of East Asia


REL 314. Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation


REL 317. Exploring Gandhian Philosophy of Nonviolence


REL 318. Exploring Contemporary India


REL/PHIL 385. Buddhist Thought


REL 410. Dharma/Adharma: Hindu Ethical Reasoning