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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://global.psu.edu/.

 

Requirements


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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 beyond the first semester in any Asian language, but if you are pursuing an Asian language major or minor, you must have at least 3 courses that do not overlap, and only credits in a second Asian language may be included.

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

Below is the most recent version of the departmental list:

This includes any non-language course with the prefix ASIA, CHNS, HINDI, JAPNS, or KOR, or any course cross-listed with such courses, as well as courses from the following list:

ARCH 312 (3), ARCH 317 (3), ART H 120 GA;IL(3), ART H 320 GA;IL(3), CMLIT 111 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 448 IL (3), ECON 473(3), PHIL 007 GH;IL(3), PL SC 458(3), RL ST 408 US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-8).

Courses not on the list that deal substantially with Asia in any discipline may also count, pending approval of the Asian Studies adviser.

See the University Bulletin for complete lists of the courses in Asian Studies, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean.

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)

HINDI 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


Magdalena Rohling (mmr26@psu.edu) is the undergraduate adviser for the major and minor in Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese.  She is located at 213 Ritenour Building. For walk-in hours go to 160A Burrowes Building (Tuesday 1:30-3:30, Wednesday 1:30-3:30 and Friday 9:30-11:30) 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/