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.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities
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