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Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies Minor encourages students to make interdisciplinary connections while introducing them to the rich histories and cultures of East, Central, South, and Southeast Asia, regions that have made major contributions to the human experience. With particular strengths in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea), Southeast Asia (including Vietnam), South Asia (including India), and Central Asia, the Asian Studies Minor complements an array of majors, including business, communication, history, visual and performing arts, political science, philosophy, and education. The minor also enables students to gain the sort of cultural competency that many employers value, particularly in the fields of international business, government service, academia, and non-government organization (NGO) work. Recent graduates have also continued to pursue the study of Asia outside the United States, studying in Japan, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

Required Courses (5 Courses – 15 Credits)

The minor consists of a minimum of five (5) courses and a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours. Courses may be chosen from the following list and must include courses from at least two (2) disciplines.

  • ART 225 Asian Art and Culture
  • ART 371 Islamic Art 
  • BUS 450 International Business
  • ENG 365 The Films of Studio Ghibli
  • HIS 275 Introduction To East Asian History
  • HIS 366 Classical Islamic Civilization
  • HIS 367 Inner Asian Nomads
  • HIS 370 Drugs in Asian History
  • HIS 371 The Making of China’s Tradition
  • HIS 372 China in Revolution
  • HIS 373 Mao’s China
  • HIS 374 Early Japan
  • HIS 375 Modern Japan
  • HIS 376 China After Mao
  • HPE 115 Martial Arts – Stick Fencing
  • HPE 136 Intro to Jujitsu
  • HPE 140 Yoga
  • HPE 141 Kung Fu
  • HPE 142 Tae Kwon Do
  • HPE 143 Tai Chi
  • HPE 260 Yoga Instruction
  • MUS 330 Korean Music and Culture
  • PHI 210 Asian Philosophies
  • PHI 311 - Buddhist Philosophy 
  • PHI 313 - Yoga, Philosophy, and Practice 
  • PHI 371 Jainism
  • PSC 250 Asian Politics
  • THE 269 Asian Theatre

Asia-themed courses not on this list require the consent of the Program Coordinator.

Further Requirements

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses completed for the minor.
  • No more than two courses in an Asian language may count toward the minor. (Note: JPN 116, JPB 216, CHI 216 are not language courses.)
  • No more than two special topics courses, colloquia, independent studies, seminars, and study-abroad or travel courses may count toward the minor with the consent of the Program Coordinator.
  • A minimum of three courses in the minor must be taken in residence at Eastern.
  • Nine credit hours must be unique to the minor and not shared with other majors or minors.


Faculty Teaching Asian Studies Courses

  • Bradley Camp Davis - History
  • Maeve Doyle - Art and Art History
  • Ana Funes-Maderey - Philosophy
  • Okon Hwang - Music
  • Stefan Kamola - History
  • Malee Khow - Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Kelly Madenjian - Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • David Pellegrini - Theatre
  • Jordan R. Youngblood - English
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