The interdisciplinary minor in Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian studies is for students whose interests focus on the humanities and social sciences and Asia's role in global systems and the cultural mosaic of human experience.
Asia is the birthplace of many great religious and cultural traditions. It is a region in rapid and profound transformation. With half of the world's population and half of its land mass, Asia is destined to play an increasingly important role in the global economy and world politics. A minor in Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian studies will give students a better understanding of an important region of the world, broaden their perspective, and provide an edge in seeking jobs in various government agencies, international organizations, private businesses, law firms, and non-profit organizations that deal with Asia. It prepares students for graduate studies in the humanities or social sciences. This minor complements many majors including history, anthropology, communication, economics, and government and politics.
For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.
Nine of the 18 credits required for this minor must be at the 300 and 400 level. Eight credits must be unique to the minor. It is recommended that students interested in this minor take language courses in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese. Three credits of one of these languages at the intermediate level (200-level) or above may be applied to the minor.
One course (3 credits) in a language relevant to the area such as Chinese, Korean, or Japanese at the 200-level (or higher)
ARTH 203 - Survey of Asian Art Credits: 3
GOVT 333 - Government and Politics of Asia Credits: 3
HIST 251 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3
HIST 252 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3
RELI 212 - Religions of Asia Credits: 3
Any course from the list of core course options not used to fulfill that requirement may be used as an elective course. Other electives are possible, including special topics courses when focused on this region (e.g. GOVT 490, HIST 387, HNRS 122, HNRS 230) and approved study abroad courses or internships, when relevant, with prior written approval of the director.
ARTH 384 - Arts of China Credits: 3
ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan Credits: 3
ARTH 386 - The Silk Road Credits: 3
CHIN 310 - Survey of Chinese Literature Credits: 3
CHIN 320 - Contemporary Chinese Film Credits: 3
CHIN 325 - Major Chinese Writers Credits: 3
CHIN 470 - Special Topics in Chinese Studies Credits: 3
GOVT 341 - Chinese Foreign Policy Credits: 3
GOVT 433 - Political Economy of East Asia Credits: 3
HIST 353 - History of Traditional China Credits: 3
HIST 354 - Modern China Credits: 3
HIST 356 - Modern Japan Credits: 3
HIST 357 - Postwar Japan Credits: 3
RELI 315 - Buddhism Credits: 3
RELI 317 - Daoism Credits: 3
RELI 337 - Mysticism: East and West Credits: 3
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.