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Minor in Asian Studies


Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor designed for students with an interest in any part of Asia. The minor consists of 21 credits selected from such disciplines as art history, economics, geography, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, theatre arts, and appropriate Asian languages.

Minors in Asian Studies can choose to focus on a specific Asian region (East, South, Southeast, or West Asia), or can range broadly across geography and time. Minors may wish to build clusters of courses focused on specific disciplines or problems, e.g., modern colonial history, historical linguistics, the Silk Road, comparative religion, South Asian literature, and so on.

Study Abroad in Asia: Charlotte Eubanks has developed a PowerPoint presentation that outlines options for Penn State undergraduates who want to major or minor in Asian Studies programs and go abroad. Find it here. Students can also find information on study abroad programs by visiting the Global Programs Website at: http://www.global.psu.edu.

 

Requirements


Download Minor Checklist

You can declare the minor by selecting the “Minor Declaration” option on eLion.

The Asian Studies minor requires a total of 21 credits, divided as follows:

Core courses: ASIA 100, What is Asia? (3)
3 credits from the following choices: HIST 174, HIST 175, HIST 176, or RLST 003.

Related courses: 15 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 level. Any course that is part of the Asian Studies major counts. Courses not on the list, that deal substantially with Asia in any discipline may also count, pending approval of the Asian Studies adviser. You may also include up to 15 credits of language study in any Asian language, but must have at least 3 courses that do not overlap if you are pursuing an Asian language major or minor.

Students must earn a C or better in all courses applied to the minor.

Below is the most recent version of the departmental list:

ARCH 312 (3), ARCH 317 (3), ART H 120 GA;IL(3), ART H 320 GA;IL(3), ART H 340 GA;IL (3),  ART H 440 IL (3), ASIA 004 GH;IL (3), ASIA 083S IL(3), ASIA 100 GH;IL (3), ASIA 188 GH;IL (3), ASIA 197 (3), ASIA 401 IL (3-6), ASIA 404 IL (3), ASIA 405Y IL(3), ASIA 440 Il (3), ASIA 489 IL (3), CHNS 083SIL(3), CHNS 120 GH;IL(3), CHNS 121 GH;IL(3), CHNS 401 IL(4), CHNS 402 IL(4), CHNS 403Y IL(4); CHNS 404 IL (4), CHNS 410 IL (3), CHNS 411 IL (3), CHNS 421 IL (3), CHNS 422 IL (3), CHNS 423 Il (#), CHNS 424 (3), CHNS 426 IL (3), CHNS 452 IL(3), CHNS 453 IL(3), CHNS 454 IL (3), CHNS 455 IL (3),CHNS 496(1-18), CMLIT 004 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 404 IL(3), CMLIT 448 IL (3), ECON 474(3), HIST 172 IL(3), HIST 173 GH; IL (3), HIST 174 GH;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 176 GH;IL(3), HIST 475Y IL(3); HIST 480 IL(3), HIST 481 IL(3), HIST 483 IL(3), HIST 485Y IL(3), HIST 486 IL(3), JAPNS 120 GH;IL(3),JAPNS 121 GH;IL(3), JAPNS 401 IL(4), JAPNS 402 IL(4), JAPNS 403Y IL(3), JAPNS 404 IL (3), JAPNS 410 IL (3), JAPNS 421 IL (3), JAPNS 422 IL (3), JAPNS 423 IL (3), JAPNS 424 IL (3), JAPNS 425 IL (3), JAPNS 426 IL (3), JAPNS 450 IL (3), JAPNS 452 IL(3), JAPNS 453 IL(3), JAPNS 454 IL (3), JAPNS 496(1-18), PHIL 007 GH;IL(3), PL SC 458(3), RL ST 003 GH;US;IL(3), RL ST 103 GH;US;IL(3), RL ST 104 GH;US;IL(3), RL ST 181 IL(3), RL ST 408 US;IL(3); RL ST 409 US;IL(3), RL ST 481 IL(3), RL ST 483 IL(3), THEA 406 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8).

 

Courses in South & Southeast Asia


Students particularly interested in these areas may have trouble finding a comprehensive list of curricular options--hence the list here, which may prove helpful.

ARCH 312. CRITICAL POSTCOLONIAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES IN SOUTH ASIAN ARCHITECTURE (3)

ARTH 120. ASIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE (3)

ART H 330. ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE AND ART (3)

ART H 496. SPECIAL TOPICS: COLONIAL URBANISM IN ASIA (3)

CMLIT 111. INTRODUCTION TO THE LITERATURES OF INDIA (3)

CMLIT 448. LITERARY CULTURES OF BUDDHISM (3)

ARTH 597B. SEMINAR IN ASIAN ARCHITECTURE (Fall 2008: A Historiography of Asian Architecture, Urbanism and Art) (3)

HIST 083S: GANDHI (3) (Offered occasionally; other 083S courses will have different topics)

HIST 176. SURVEY OF INDIAN HISTORY (3)

HIST 475Y. THE MAKING AND EMERGENCE OF MODERN INDIA (3)

HIST 587: TOPICS IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY (3)

HINDI 001 (4)

HINID 002 (4)

HINDI 003 (4)

HINDI 004 (4)

PLSC 458. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF EAST ASIA (3).

RLST 103. INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM (3)

RLST 408. HINDU STUDIES (3)

 

Advising


Jennifer Sholtis (jsw10@psu.edu) is the undergraduate adviser for the major and minor in Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese.  She is located at 233-C Burrowes Building. For walk-in hours and to make appointments, visit:
http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/. Select “Appointments” and click the “Advisers” link at the top of the page to view her hours for the week.


Appointments
Please make an appointment if you need help with:
• your next semester schedule (language pre-majors and majors)
• concurrent major planning (feasibility, courses needed)
• academic difficulty
• Faculty Senate petitions (retroactive withdrawal or registration, etc.)
You may schedule an appointment through the following website: http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/

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