Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Minor

The Asian studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides students an opportunity to supplement their major with a structured and directed program of study in Asian histories, religions, cultures, politics, and societies. It is designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Asian countries and their peoples, and to enhance the students’ awareness of themselves and their role in an increasingly globalized world.


Option I

Four semesters in an Asian language and nine units from the upper division Asian studies courses from a minimum of two disciplines (listed below).

Option II

18 units including: six lower-division units from the following:6
The Buddhist Temple
Topics in Asian Studies
East Asia in Transformation
Asian Philosophy
Introduction to World Religions
and 12 upper-division units from a minimum of two academic disciplines:12
Asia Modern
Topics in Asian Studies
Economic Development of Asia
Topics in Asian History
China: Rise to Global Power
Japan: Samurai to Subaru
Women's Lives in East Asia
United States-East Asia Relations
Topics in World Music
Gamelan Ensemble
Studies in Asian Philosophy
Politics in South Asia
Politics in Japan
Politics in China
The Hindu Tradition
Buddhist Thought and Culture
Islamic Faith and Practice
The Daoist Tradition
Religions of China

Other courses related to Asia may also qualify for the minor, including those offered through the Study Abroad programs. Please see the director for approval.



Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)


Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Program Director

Yi Sun, PhD