Asian Studies

Asia has had a long history. It has been home to some of the world’s first civilizations, the source of numerous great inventions, and witness to an archaic form of globalization. Asia has continued to be significant in contemporary times and remains perhaps the most important site of future economic and political development. It is the world’s largest continent: Over 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia. Asia has seen the rise of global economic powerhouses, such as Japan and the Four Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan), as well as the emergence of the world’s most populous democracy, India. China, the country which may soon become the next global superpower in both economic and military terms, is also located in Asia. As such, Asia remains crucial to American national interests.

The Asian Studies Program offers an Asian Studies minor whose initial core area is East Asia, due to the region’s historical and contemporary significance. Although the program emphasizes China and Japan, students also study linkages between these two countries and other parts of East Asia (the Korean Peninsula, Mongolia, and Taiwan), as well as connections between East Asia and other regions, such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Oceania. Through course offerings focused on Asian histories, businesses, politics, economies, religions, cultures, and languages, this program seeks to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Asia. The program design fosters familiarity with interdisciplinary approaches, cross-cultural interactions, and global events.

Minor in Asian Studies - 4 Units

Minor Requirements
ASIA 200SIntroduction to East Asian Studies 11
Proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to the 102 level (to be determined by the Asian Studies Program Committee).
Elective Courses
Select three courses from the following: 23
Any School of Business Administration course with a focus on East Asia
The History of Modern China
The History of Modern Japan
Maritime China and Chinese Migration (Junior Seminar)
War and Diplomacy in Modern East Asia
Religions of China and Japan
Buddhism: The Middle Way
Society and the Supernatural in Asia
Population, Society, and Environment
Sociology of Developing Societies
Sociology of the City
Total Units4

It is strongly recommended that this course is to be completed prior to the senior year.


 Maximum of two courses from one department.