Asian Studies Minor

Asian Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in Asian Studies allows students to engage in interdisciplinary study of Asia, adding an important global focus to their primary studies. While the minor does not grant credit for foreign language, students are encouraged to study abroad, and are able to gain a strong foundation in knowledge of the Asian world through a vast array of fascinating coursework. The Asian Studies Academic Advisor and Faculty Advisor strongly encourage thematic or regional concentration, and are available for help in customizing the minor.

For the Asian Studies minor, students must take 21 credits minimum, 12 of which must be upper-division, which is usually four 3-credit courses. One of the four upper-division courses may be ASIA 4830 (Senior Thesis or Project), but is not required for the minor. Up to, but no more than, 9 credit hours earned through study abroad can be counted towards the minor.

To receive the Asian Studies minor, students will take two courses in Traditional Asian Civilizations, one in the Social Sciences, and one in Modern Asia. The remaining credits are fulfilled through a variety of available electives, which can be selected from the courses listed on this page as well as any non-language Asian Studies major courses listed here.

To add an Asian Studies minor, please make an appointment through's appointment system.

Traditional Asian Civilizations

Students take any 2 of the following introductory courses, focusing on 2 different civilizations. Courses taken to meet this requirement must be lower division

East Asian Civilization:

  • CHIN 1012 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3-4 credits)
  • HIST 1618 Introduction to Chinese History
  • HIST 1708 Introduction to Japanese History
  • JPNS 1012 Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3-4 credits)
  • KREN 1011 Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • RLST 2620 Religions of East Asia

South Asian Civilization:

  • HIND 1011 Introduction to South Asian Civilization
  • HIST 1518 Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • RLST 2610 Religions of South Asia

West Asian Civilization:

  • ARAB 1011 Introduction to Arab Civilization
  • FRSI 1011 Introduction to Persian Civilization
  • HIST 1308 Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Social Science

Students must take one Asia-related 3-credit course in any one of the disciplines listed below. This can be lower division or upper division. 

  • Anthropology: all Asian anthropology courses
  • Political Science: all Asian political science courses
  • Geography: all Asian geography courses
  • Women's Studies: all Asian women's studies courses

Modern Asian Civilizations

Students must take one Asia-related 3-credit course in any one of the disciplines listed below. This can be lower division or upper division.

  • Anthropology: all modern Asian anthropology courses
  • History: all modern Asian history courses
  • Political Science: all modern Asian political science courses
  • Geography: all modern Asian geography courses
  • Religious Studies: all modern Asian religion courses
  • Additional departments: all modern Asian literature and art courses

For specific classes within each area of study, please refer to the core curriculum and major requirements page on the Center for Asian Studies website: