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Global Asian Studies (Minor)

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.

Minor Requirements

  • 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)
F or 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. 

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 .​

General Asia

Courses by Region

    Northeast Asia:

    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.

Study Abroad

Several programs with trips to Asia are offered, including short-term programs to China, Hawai’i, India, Japan and the Philippines.


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