Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Asian Studies Minor

Coordinator: George Chigas, Ph.D. 
Phone: 978-934-4341
Office: Coburn Hall 113B

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 levels or above.  Students are encouraged, but not required, to take an Asian language as part of the minor.

Cultural Studies Courses

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 Literature
53.492 Directed Study in Japanese Composition
58.205 Studies in World Art
58.331 Asian Art
59.105 Comparative Arts

History Courses

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 Courses

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

Philosophy Courses

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

Course Listing Asian Studies