Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Asian Studies Minor

Contact: George Chigas, Ph.D.
Phone: 978-934-4341
Office: Coburn Hall 107

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that explores the complex interaction between artistic, cultural political, social, literary and religious spheres of life in Asia. Emphasis is placed not only on the diversity and achievements of Asian civilizations, but also on the ways an understanding of Asia may shed new light on western cultural traditions. Asian Studies encompasses the geographical areas of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and includes courses that address the Asian American experience. Asian Studies minor courses are based primarily in the humanities and social sciences; classes other than language courses are taught in English. The minor is open to all students.

Students selecting an Asian Studies minor are required to complete 6 to 8 courses (18 to 24 credits) in two or more disciplines; 6 credits must be at the 3000 level or above. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take an Asian language as part of the minor.

Students may select courses for the minor from the list below:

World Languages and Cultures

  • WLKH.1350/1360/2350/2360 Cambodian Language and Culture
  • WLKH.2100 Introduction to Cambodian Culture 
  • WLKH.3490 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia
  • WLKH.4930 Directed Study in Cambodian Culture 
  • WLCH.1050/1060/2050/2060 Chinese Language and Culture 
  • WLCH.4900 Directed Study in Chinese Culture
  • WLCH.4950 Tutorial in Chinese Culture
  • ARHI.3020 Studies in World Art 
  • ARHI.3310 Asian Art 


  • HIST.2040 China and the Modern World 
  • HIST.2070 Women in China 
  • HIST.2420 World War II 
  • HIST.3200 American East Asian Relations

Political Science

  • POLI.3160 Politics and Film 
  • POLI.3480/WLKH.3490 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia 
  • POLI.3610 Southeast Asian Politics 
  • POLI.3630 Politics of China
  • POLI.3750 Politics of the Pacific Rim
  • POLI.3760 Democratic Movements in Southeast Asia 
  • POLI.3770 China and India in the Global Economy


  • PHIL.2960 Introduction to World Religions 
  • PHIL.3400 Mysticism East and West
  • PHIL.3500 World Philosophies
  • PHIL.3710 Buddhist and Zen Philosophy


  • ENGL.2770 American Ethnic Literature 
  • ENGL.3780 Asian American Literature