Asian Studies Minor

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

[1] Purpose

The objective of the Asian studies minor is to provide students with an overview of the great civilizations of India, China, Korea and Japan (among others), and an appreciation of their place in the modern global community. The minor is especially recommended to students interested in exploring Asian ethical systems and aesthetics, or for those planning a career in international business, law, or communications.

[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 (9 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
RELG 3325 Buddhism

Electives (9 hours, chosen from the following or from the Asian Studies Core if not used to fulfill the Core requirement):

ENGL3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature (when on an Asia related topic)
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
GEOG 3346 Geography of South Asia
HIST 3303 Asian Civilization I
HIST 3304 Asian Civilization II
HIST 4381 Modern China
HIST 4383 Modern Japan
HIST 4386 War in the Pacific, 1931-1945
JAPN 2310 Japanese Conversation and Composition I
SOC 4395 Family and Social Relationships in China
WLAN 2315 Cultural Studies (when Asian theme is offered)

Topics courses in any Asia-related course that 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.