The minor in East Asian Studies will provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary overview of the history and culture of East Asia. The minor is designed for students who have a strong interest in East Asia but who are unable to or choose not to pursue the study of an East Asian language. This program will be beneficial to students whose intellectual interests or career path require knowledge of East Asia’s history and culture but whose primary expertise lies elsewhere such as humanities majors engaged in comparative research, science and engineering majors who plan to collaborate with East Asian colleagues, or business and finance majors interested in East Asian markets. Since the requirements for the minor mirror those of the major, the minor program will also give students the opportunity to explore their interest in East Asia before committing to the several semesters of language study required of majors.
The minor consists of five courses. The division of the minor will be determined by the one in which the student takes three or more courses (determined by the division in which the parent department is listed). The division of the minor (Humanities or Social Sciences) will be that in which the student takes at least three courses.
Students must take East Asian Studies courses from at least 3 different departments to satisfy the requirements for the minor. Cross-listed courses will be considered according to their original parent department.
Five courses total, with the following requirements:
I. 3 foundational survey courses (one each from the A, B, and C groups)
Group A: Pre-Modern East Asia
Group B: Modern East Asia
Group C: Contemporary East Asia
II. 2 electives at the 200 level or higher from the list of major elective courses.
Language courses do not count towards fulfilling the elective requirement for the minor.
Sample List of Available Electives: