Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Asian Studies Minor

Contact Dr. George Chigas, Department of Cultural Studies
Tel#: 978-934-4341
Office: Coburn Hall 113

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 300 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:

Cultural Studies
53.135; 53.136; 53.235; 53.236    Cambodian Language and Culture (1-4)
53.493                Directed Study in Cambodian Culture
53.105; 53.106; 53.205; 53.206    Chinese Language and Culture (1-4)
53.101; 53.102; 53.201; 53.202    Japanese Language and Culture (1-4)
53.491                Directed Study in Japanese Lit.
53.492                Dir. Study in Japanese Composition
58.205                Studies in World Art
58.331                Asian Art
59.105                Comparative Arts

43.204                China and the Modern World
43.207                Women in China
43.242                World War II
43.320                American East Asian Relations

Political Science
46.316                Politics and Film
46.348/59.349            Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia
46.361                Southeast Asian Politics
46.363                Politics of China
46.376                Democratic Movements in Southeast Asia
46.377                China and India in the Global Economy

45.296                Introduction to World Religions
45.340                Mysticism East and West
45.371                Buddhist and Zen Philosophy

42.277                American Ethnic Literature
42.378                Asian American Literature