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Program: Minor in Asian Studies

Program Description

A minor in Asian Studies is of particular interest and value to students majoring in Anthropology, Business, Geography, History, Political Science, Economics or Religious Studies.

The minor in Asian Studies consists of 18 units with no more than 6 lower division units. The student must consult with an Asian Studies advisor to develop an approved program from the courses listed that best suits his or her individual needs. The student will be able to choose a broad program, which will provide a background in several regions of Asia, or the student will be able to specialize in East Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Courses (6 units)

HIST 191 History of Eastern Civilization I (3)
HIST 192 History of Modern East Asia (3)

Students who expect to pursue work in Asian Studies beyond the undergraduate level should be aware that competence in an Asian language is a common requirement for advanced degrees. Consequently, those students minoring in Asian Studies may substitute a maximum of 6 units of an Asian language (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Hindi or a Southeast Asian language) as electives in their lower division program.

2. Upper Division (12 units)

Select from the following:

Social Sciences

ANTH 339 Peoples of South Asia (3)
ANTH 347 Peoples of the Pacific (3)
GEOG 324 China (3)
GEOG 325 Southeast Asia (3)
GEOG 334 Geography of Oceania (3)
HIST 438 Traditional India from Antiquity to 1526 (3)
HIST 439 Modern India since 1526 (3)
HIST 490 Traditional China (3)
HIST 491A Modern China (3)
HIST 491B The Rise of Communist China (3)
HIST 493 Modern Japan (3)
POLS 434A Governments and Politics of South Asia (3)
POLS 434B Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia (3)
SOC 333 Chinese Society (3)


ENGL 479 Asian Literature in Translation (3)
PHIL 343 Indian Philosophy (3)
PHIL 344 Chinese Philosophy (3)
RS 380 Asian Religions: Communal Traditions and Transitions (3)
RS 383 Asian Religious Texts (3)
RS 385 Hinduism (3)
RS 390 Buddhism (3)
RS 426 Religions of China: Taoism (3)

Business and Economics

ECON 370 Economic Development (3)

Arts, Media and Communication

ART 114 World Arts: Asia (3)
ART 412 History of Korean Art (3)
ART 413 History of Chinese Art (3)
ART 415 History of the Art of India (3)
ART 416 History of Ancient Near Eastern Art (3)
CTVA 415C International Cinema-China (3)
CTVA 415J International Cinema-Japan (3)

Independent Study with the consent of an advisor:

ANTH 499A-C Independent Study (1-3)
ART 499 Independent Study (1-6)
ECON 499 Independent Study (1-3)
GEOG 499A-C Independent Study (1-3)
HIST 499A-C Independent Study (1-3)
POLS 499 Independent Study (1-3)
RS 499 Independent Study (1-3)

Total Units in the Minor: 18


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