College of Arts and Letters2018-2019

Asian Studies Program

Asian Studies, Minor

This interdisciplinary minor encourages students to explore the complex influence of Asian culture across such areas as history, art, religion, relationships, politics, language, and philosophy. Students can shape their program to suit their interests through a diverse array of approved electives.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Asian Studies?

Are you fascinated with Asian culture? Do you want to meld knowledge from Asian cultures with your primary field of study? Immerse yourself in our Asian Studies minor. You will create a specialized course of study, with help from an Asian Studies advisor, in three different disciplines. You will be offered courses in some of the most sought-after languages: Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Sanskrit languages.

You can include the study of an Asian language in your minor and receive credit for it; language skills will greatly strengthen your Asian Studies background. You'll explore Asian history, religions, art history, geography, and humanities. You will have the opportunity to participate in, and earn credits for, exchange programs. With the Asian Studies minor, you will gain a deeper knowledge of, and appreciation for, the cultures of Asia and the Middle East.

Note: To minor in Asian Studies, you must consult with one of the Asian Studies faculty members in addition to being admitted to the university.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Foreign Language Recommended
Study Abroad Recommended

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Asian Studies minor is to encourage students to explore the complex influence of Asian culture across such disciplines as history, art, religion, politics, language, and philosophy. Students shape their program to suit their interests through a diverse array of approved electives, creating a specialized course of study in three different disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Asian Studies Minor will:

  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge of methods and theories in the study of Asia
  • Demonstrate knowledge about selected major Asian cultures and their cultural products (languages, religions, arts, histories, etc.)
  • Demonstrate facility in writing about the study of Asia, which may include writing in an Asian language
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the essential interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Asia, including critical reading, critical thinking and effective writing


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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