The Asian Studies program is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge of Asian culture, history and thought in order to become more aware and responsive citizens of a globally integrated world.

It aims to broaden a student’s major program of study by adding a global, comparative perspective to any area of inquiry in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The minor also helps to prepare students who desire careers in international affairs, international business and international law.

The Asian studies minor consists of:

  • 20 credit hours
  • One year of foreign language study
  • Study abroad (recommended)

Degree program

The Asian studies minor is an interdisciplinary program composed of credits from several different departments.

Japanese students near Martha MillerStudents are able to design their own program of study by choosing courses from requirements in three areas:

  • Culture and thought (eight credits)
  • History (four credits)
  • Contemporary politics and society (four credits)

The remaining four credits may be chosen from any approved Asian studies course or a course in an Asian language. We recommend that students choose courses in such a way that they are exposed to more than one Asian country.


Students pursuing a minor in Asian studies will take courses from several departments:

  • Art
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • History
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Sociology

After graduation

The Asian studies minor enhances any major and helps to prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.

By introducing students to the vast cultural, historical, and social traditions of Asia, the Asian studies minor prepares students for opportunities in international business, government, and law in addition to other areas.

Possible careers

  • International business
  • International law
  • The arts
  • Travel and hospitality
  • Teaching abroad
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Interpretation
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Armed services
  • Education
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 11, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
4 years
34,990 USD
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