History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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 you a better understanding of an important region of the world, broaden your perspective, and give you 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 you for graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences. This minor complements many majors including history, anthropology, communication, economics, and government and politics.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

In addition to meeting the following requirements for this degree, students must meet the university  requirements for all minors.

Nine of the 18 credits required for this minor must be at the 300 and 400 level. Eight credts 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.

Two core courses (6 credits) chosen from:

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

Four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:

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.

ANTH 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia - Credits: 3
ANTH 311 - Peoples and Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia - Credits: 3
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 311 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation Credits: 3
CHIN 320 - Contemporary Chinese Film 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 314 - Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions - Credits: 3
RELI 315 - Buddhism - Credits: 3
RELI 317 - Daoism Credits: 3
RELI 337 - Mysticism: East and West - Credits: 3

Total: 18 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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