Global Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores culture, literature, politics, economic development and international relations of Asia, the Asian diaspora in the world and Asian Americans. Our award-winning faculty offer international expertise and professional training in our more than one hundred courses.
See our website for information about our faculty, students and alumni.
The Global Asian Studies program also hosts a number of events. We bring in speakers and performers of international renown to provide the latest scholarly and popular culture developments in the field of Global Asian Studies. These and other program activities provide a contemporary link between in-class learning and out-of-the-classroom experiences.
A minor in Global Asian Studies complements a student's major field of study through:
- Enhancing cultural competence in Asia, particularly in business and social practices.
- Preparing for challenge and ambiguity, especially in inter-cultural and international environments.
- Improving critical thinking and analytical skills, including in professional presentation and writing.
- Strengthening career readiness via hands-on learning, study abroad, and international exchange.
- Developing flexibility and adaptability to new places and situations.
- Mentoring and networking opportunities.
For example, a student might take all five electives in General Asia, or focus on a single country or region for up to three of the electives (plus two General Asia, total five electives). All minors take our gateway foundation course, AAS 205 Global Asia.
- Six courses required to complete the Global Asian Studies minor (24 credit hours):
- AAS 205 GLOBAL ASIA (core course) plus
- Two to five General Asia courses, and/or
- Option of up to three country/region specific courses (i.e. replacing up to three General Asia)
NOTE: There is no modern language requirement in addition to that of the College's, however study of an Asian language is a beneficial complement to the minor.
Courses by Region
- AAS 214 JAPANESE ART (Cross-listed with HAA 216)
- AAS 216 CHINESE ART (Cross-listed with HAA 215)
- AAS 241 RELIGION IN CHINESE HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE (Cross-listed with REL 241)
- AAS 244 TRADITIONS OF CHINESE POPULAR CULTURE (Cross-listed with REL 246)
- AAS 245 RELIGION IN JAPANESE HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE (Cross-listed with REL 245)
- AAS 245 RELIGION IN JAPANESE HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE (Cross-listed with REL 247)
- AAS 248 CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY (Cross-listed with MOL 248)
- AAS 263 JAPAN TO C. 1200 (Cross-listed with HST 263)
- AAS 264 JAPAN, CA. 1200-1800 (Cross-listed with HST 264)
- AAS 265 JAPAN, C. 1800 - PRESENT (Cross-listed with HST 265)
- AAS 320 MODERN JAPANESE LITERATURE (Cross-listed with MOL 320)
- AAS 325 QUEER JAPAN (Cross-listed with MOL 325)
- AAS 351 JAPANESE POLITICS (Cross-listed with PSC 350)
- AAS 352 CHINESE POLITICS (Cross-listed with PSC 352)
- AAS 373 KYOTO (WORLD CITIES) (Cross-listed with HAA 373)
- AAS 395 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GLOBAL ASIAN STUDIES
- ECO 334 UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S ECONOMY
- GEO 233 COMPARATIVE URBANISM
- HAA 219 JAPANESE FILM ARTS
- HAA 311 LATER JAPANESE PAINTINGS AND PRINTS
- HST 232 CULTURE AND POLITICS IN IMPERIAL CHINA
- HST 233 THE RISE OF MODERN CHINA
- HST 340 CULTURE AND GENDER IN JAPAN
- MOL 243 JAPANESE POETRY IN TRANSLATION
- MOL 247 CHINA AND SOCIAL MEDIA
- MOL 249 MODERN CHINESE LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
- MOL 250 CHINESE CINEMA -- A WINDOW ON CHINA
- MOL 307 TOPICS IN CHINESE LITERATURE
- MOL 308 TOPICS IN JAPANESE LITERATURE
- MOL 310 JAPANESE CULTURE
- MOL 321 CLASSICAL JAPANESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
- REL 248 LITERATURE AND RELIGION IN CHINA
- REL 341 TAOISM: CHINA'S INDIGENOUS HIGH RELIGION
- REL 343 MORAL PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL POWER, & RELIGION IN PRE-MODERN CHINA
South / Southeast / Central Asia:
Asian America and Diaspora:
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be applied to the minor only with permission from the Director of Global Asian Studies.
Several programs with trips to Asia are offered, including short-term programs to China, Hawai’i, India, Japan and the Philippines.