The Asian Studies Minor consists of the following requirements:
A minimum of eighteen hours to be chosen from at least three of the Departments of Modern Languages, History, Fine Arts, Government and Foreign Affairs, and Religion. The most typical configuration is six hours of language and twelve hours selected from at least two other disciplines, but it is also possible to do eighteen hours of coursework selected from at least three different disciplines, with a restriction of nine hours maximum in a single discipline counting towards the minor. Students electing to pursue this minor develop their course of study in consultation with their major advisor and the Asian Studies advisor, Professor Harris.
One course is to be a three hour 495 independent study taken in one of the above disciplines. This course serves as a “capstone” experience and its product is a twenty page research paper or its equivalent. The capstone paper is evaluated by the director of the independent study and the Asian Studies advisor.
An immersion experience, approved by the Asian Studies advisor, in language study and/or cultural study is strongly recommended.
Courses that count towards the Asian Studies minor include the following: Chinese 101-102 (Introduction to Chinese); Chinese 201-202 (Intermediate Chinese); Theatre 201 (Asian Theatre); GVFA 225 (Government and Politics of the Middle East); GVFA 226 (Government and Politics of Asia); History 205-206 (East Asia); History 207-208 (Middle East Survey); History 325 (East Asia in the Age of Imperialism); History 326 (East Asia in Revolution); History 345 (The Mongol Expansion); History 346 (Samurai Culture in Japanese History); Religion 103 (Introduction to World Religions); Religion 202 (Religions of South Asia); Religion 203 (Religions of East Asia); Religion 204 (Islam); Religion 405 (Seminar in World Religions).
Courses not on this list may count towards the minor, subject to the approval of the Asian Studies advisor.
Core curriculum courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for this minor.