Asian Studies Minor

The Asian studies minor provides you with a window into the fascinating history and the cultural dynamics of countries in East and Southeast Asia. You’ll learn about the artistic, literary and intellectual contributions of the peoples of Asia, as well as political structures and religious belief systems.

The minor in Asian Studies facilitates the interdisciplinary study of this critical region that is home to the majority of the world’s population. The program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the history, society and cultures of South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia, and fosters an interdisciplinary understanding of the social, political and economic forces that characterize the region, both in the present and in the past. Coursework also tracks the cultural exchanges between Asia and the West and their influence on the global political and economic climate.

The Asian Studies minor provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of modern Asian cultures and is the perfect supplement for personal or academic interests in the region. Foreign language courses, offered in both Chinese and Japanese, are especially useful for cultural immersion while studying abroad, volunteering or pursuing job opportunities in careers such as teaching, business, finance and humanitarian work.

To complete the minor in Asian Studies, students are required to take six courses (18 credits).

Program Contact: Nita Prasad 203-582-3729

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