Asian Studies Minor

Coordinator and Assistant Professor: Z. Smith (PhD), 501-450-5633 or

[1] Purpose

The interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor provides students with a robust overview of the languages, ideas, histories, politics, and art of Asia. The program defines Asia broadly, aiming to instill an appreciation for Asian cultures while also building an awareness of the regional differences distinguishing China, Japan, India, and the many other countries united by the term Asia. Through a variety of courses across multiple disciplines, Asian Studies minors are exposed to the ways in which Asian nations have been, and continue to be deeply connected to, larger global processes of economic and cultural exchange. In this regard, the minor program in Asian Studies aims to produce graduates who are thoughtful, well rounded, and well prepared to function in an increasingly globalized world.

[2] Requirements

The minor in Asian studies requires successful completion of the requirements listed below for a total of 18 required hours.

Asian Studies Core (6 hours chosen from the following):

ART 2325 Asian Art Survey
ENGL 2320 Asian Literature in Global Context
HIST 2310 Introduction to Asian History
PHIL 3352 Asian Philosophy and Religion OR RELG 3325 Buddhism

Electives (12 hours, including no more than 6 hours of language credit chosen from the following or from the Asian Studies Core if not used to fulfill the Core requirement):

ECON 4335 International Trade
ECON 4375 Economics of Developing Nations
ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature (when Asian theme is offered)
CHIN 2310 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 2320 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 3300 Advanced Chinese Grammar I
CHIN 3303 Advanced Chinese Grammar II
CHIN 3312 Culture and Society: Advanced Readings on Modern Chinese
CHIN 3320 Advanced Readings in Chinese Literature
GEOG 3345 Geography of China and East Asia
HIST 1375 FYS in Diversity in World Cultures (when Asia theme is offered)
HIST 4344 Topics in World History (when Asia theme is offered)
HIST 4381 Modern China
HIST 4383 Modern Japan
HIST 4386 War in the Pacific, 1931-1945
HIST 4398 The Politics of Sex and Sexuality in East Asia
JAPN 2310 Japanese Conversation and Composition I
MGMT 3342 International Business
PSCI 4312 China and International Politics
SOC 4310 Globalization and Development
SOC 4341 Population
WLAN 2315 Cultural Studies (when Asian theme is offered)

Special topics courses that deal significantly with Asia and are deemed appropriate by the Coordinator of Asian Studies may be approved. Check with the Coordinator to see if this applies in your case before enrolling.