Asian Studies Minor

The minor in Asian Studies is designed for students majoring in another discipline, yet interested in acquiring knowledge of Asian nations and cultures.

Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor

  • Students must complete 21 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course.
  • Lower-level courses: A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 9 units may be taken at the 100 or 200 level. At least two must be from different disciplines. One lower-level language course may be applied toward the lower-level courses.
  • Upper-level courses: A minimum of 12 units from at least three different disciplines. Language courses above 202 may count as one of the disciplines.
  • Foreign Language: There is no language requirement for the Asian Studies minor; however, students are encouraged to begin study of an Asian language.
    Required Courses (21 units)
    Lower-Level Courses
    Select a minimum of 6 and maximum of 9 units from at least 2 different disciplines:6-9
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES
    EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY
    MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
    ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS
    MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
    INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
    INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
    INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
    INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM
    RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ASIA
    Upper-Level Courses
    Select 12 or 15 units in at least 3 different disciplines:12-15
    Anthropology
    KOREA AND GLOBALIZATION
    ESKIMO ETHNOGRAPHY
    PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST
    Art History
    EAST ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
    ART OF CHINA
    ART OF JAPAN
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HISTORY (Topic: Arts of Modern China)
    Asian Studies
    ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN STUDIES
    DIRECTED READINGS IN ASIAN STUDIES
    INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ASIAN STUDIES
    INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES
    Foreign Languages
    CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
    CHINESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHINESE
    DIR READ CHINESE I (Topic: Modern Chinese Literature)
    DIR READ CHINESE II (Topic: Chinese Cinema)
    JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION I
    JAPANESE COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION II
    DIRECTED READINGS IN JAPANESE
    Geography
    GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA
    GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
    GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
    SEMINAR: SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY (Topic: Regional Geography of the Silk Road)
    History
    TRADITIONAL INDIA: ITS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
    HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA
    HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA
    IMPERIAL CHINA: THE LAST DYNASTY
    REVOLUTIONARY CHINA
    JAPAN, 1830-1930
    JAPAN, 1930-PRESENT
    THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
    ISRAEL/PALESTINE: CONFLICTING PAST, CONFLICTING PRESENT
    CONFLICT AND COOPERATION IN COLD WAR EAST ASIA
    HISTORY OF JAPANESE CINEMA
    THE SAMURAI
    Philosophy- Religious Studies
    PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA
    PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA & JAPAN
    PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS (Topics: Confucianism; Taoism; Buddhism; or Neo-Confucianism)
    PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS (Topics: Confucianism; Taoism; Buddhism; or Neo-Confucianism)
    BUDDHISM IN TIBET
    SUFISM: ISLAMIC MYSTICISM
    ISLAM IN THE MODERN AGE
    Political Science
    GOVERNMENTS AND POLITICS OF EAST ASIA: FOCUS ON CHINA AND JAPAN
    Foreign Language Courses (Recommended, not required)
    Only one lower-level language course can be counted toward the minor.
    ARABIC ELEMENTS I
    ARABIC ELEMENTS II
    ARABIC INTERMEDIATE I
    ARABIC INTERMEDIATE II
    ELEMENTARY CHINESE I
    ELEMENTARY CHINESE II
    INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I
    INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II
    JAPANESE ELEMENTS I
    JAPANESE ELEMENTS II
    JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE I
    JAPANESE INTERMEDIATE II