Catalog 2015-2016 > College of Arts and Letters > Department of Philosophy and Religion > Asian Studies > Asian Studies Minor
Faculty: Associate Professor Steven Geisz (Philosophy and Religion), Co-Coordinator; Associate Professor Elizabeth Littell-Lamb (History), Co-Coordinator; Assistant Professor Liv Coleman (Government and World Affairs); Assistant Professor Daniel Dooghan (English).
The Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Department of Languages and Linguistics, and the Department of Government, History and Sociology each contribute key courses to the Asian Studies Minor.
The minor in Asian studies focuses on the history, culture and politics of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It provides students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Asian studies. Students take 24 credit hours of courses from lists of eligible electives. The minor helps prepare students for careers in business, government and nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, and is designed to enhance the marketability of those applying to law schools, MBA programs and graduate schools in various disciplines.
Students must (i) successfully complete at least 8 credit hours of the following courses, or (ii) demonstrate proficiency in an approved Asian language by attaining the “novice advanced” level on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) administered by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), or (iii) receive an official waiver for this requirement by being determined to be a native speaker of an approved Asian language by the chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics. (Students who take options (ii) or (iii) must take the 8 or more credit hours they would otherwise have taken to meet the Asian language requirement by taking additional courses from lists A (above), B (above) or D (below)):
Students do not need to take any courses off of this list, but they may count up to 8 credit hours of coursework from the following list toward the 24 credit hours required for the Asian studies minor. (Those students who complete the Asian language requirement by demonstrating proficiency via an OPI interview or by receiving an official “native speaker” waiver may count up to 16 credit hours from the following list.)
THR 330-332: Should take THR 330, Special Topics in Theatre: Asian Theatre
LAN 100/LAN 105: (only if the language/culture is Chinese, Japanese, or some other language/culture of East Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent)
Total Credit Hours: 24