Asian Studies - Requirements

For an 18-credit minor in Asian studies, students complete the following:

  • AN 310 Asian Studies Seminar during the junior or senior year. AN 301 Independent Study may be substituted if the seminar is not offered or if program faculty approve a student proposal for independent study in lieu of the seminar.
  • 1 course from CI 250, CI 251, CI 252, or a course from English, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Visual and Performing Arts from the course offerings listed below; AND 1 course in Communication, Economics, History, or Politics from the course offerings listed below.
  • Any 3 other courses from those listed below. Language courses may count for all 3 only if they are all courses in the same language.

Study abroad in Asia is not required for this minor, but is strongly recommended. Some courses taken abroad may be counted toward the minor.

Course Offerings

Asian Studies

AN 301 Independent Study 
AN 310 Asian Studies Seminar


CO 241 Communication and Culture: East and West


EC 120 Environmental Economics
EC 230 Comparative Economic Systems: Asian Economies
EC 235 Economic Development of Third World Nations


HI 279 China to the 1800s
HI 285 Modern China: 1800 to Present
HI 286 Rise of Modern Japan: 1800 to Present
HI 366 Gender, Culture, and Representation: Women in China and Japan, 1600 to Present
HI 367 East Asia in 20th-Century American Wars

Modern Languages and Literatures

CI 110-111 Elementary Chinese 
CI 210-211 Intermediate Chinese
CI 220 Advanced Chinese
CI 250/EN 118 Modern China Through Fiction and Film
CI 251 New Chinese Cinema
CI 252/EN 119 The City and Modern China
JA 110-111 Elementary Japanese
JA 210-211 Intermediate Japanese


PH 240 Introduction to Asian Philosophies
PH 241 Confucianism
PH 242 Philosophical Daoism and Zen Buddhism


PO 12 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PO 145 Asian Politics
PO 146 Three Giants in Asia
PO 148 Political Violence

Religious Studies

RS 101 Exploring Religion: Asian Religions
RS 280 Hinduism
RS 285 Buddhism 
RS 287 Buddhist Thought in India
RS 289 Tantrism
RS 388 Buddhist Spirituality

Visual and Performing Arts

AH 12 Introduction to the Art History of Asia, Africa, and the Americas (by petition and pre-approval only)
AH 100 Arts of India, China, and Japan
TA 122 Asian Theatre

Course Descriptions /strong>

AN 301 Independent Study
Students undertake an individualized program of study in consultation with a director from the Asian studies faculty. Three credits.

AN 310 Asian Studies Seminar
This seminar examines selected topics concerning Asia. Students register for AN 310, but the course is taught in conjunction with another 100-300 level courses from a rotation of the course offerings listed above. Consult the Asian Studies director to identify the conjoined course for a given semester. The seminar concentrates on topics within the parameters of the conjoined course syllabus but adds research emphasis. Students registered for AN 310 must complete a research project, to include 300-level research in addition to the regular research requirements of the conjoined course, and a 25-50 page term paper in substitution of some portion of the conjoined course requirements, as determined by the instructor. For juniors and seniors only. Three credits.