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Asian Studies Minor

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  • Coordinators: Dr. Greg Lewis; Dr. Youn Soo Kim Goldstein
  • Location: Lindquist Hall, Room 252
  • Telephone: 801-626-6707

The Asian Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program offered through several WSU Departments. The minor will cooperate with the BIS program to offer an emphasis in Asian Studies. Cooperating Departments and programs include Anthropology, Chinese, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Health, History, Honors, Japanese, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Sociology, and Visual Arts.

  • Prerequisite Courses: Completion of first and second-year courses in an Asian language, or equivalent proficiency.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or above in each course used toward the Asian Studies Minor (a grade of C- is not acceptable).
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 18 credit hours in addition to two years of college study of an Asian language, or the equivalent.
  • Program Code: 7023
  • CIPC: 050103

Courses taken which are part of the student’s major will not count as fulfillment of the minor requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of diverse philosophical, communicative, linguistic, geographic, historic, or literary traditions in various regions in Asia, as well as of key themes, concepts, issues, and terminology in Asian Studies.
  • Students will analyze cultural artifacts of various regions of Asia.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate their understandings of various regions of Asia in written, oral, or graphic forms.
  • Students will describe how individual Asian nations influence and are influenced by social contexts, institutions, physical environments, history, and/or global processes.
  • Students will apply basic concepts, theories, and/or methods of social science and/or humanities to a particular issue in various regions of Asia.

Course Requirements for Minor

In addition to the following requirements, two years of college study of an Asian language, or equivalent proficiency, must be demonstrated by the student.*

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Select 18 credit hours from at least three of the following departments. No more than 9 credit hours from one department may be applied to the minor.


*Language proficiency can be demonstrated by completing a fourth semester language course (i. e., CHNS 2020 or JPNS 2020), by taking an upper-division class in an Asian language and earning a “C” grade or better, or with an examination administered through the Foreign Language Department.

**Acceptable when the emphasis and/or content are basically Asian Studies/Language or Middle East Studies/Language.

Should other courses relating specifically to Asia or the Middle East, either of an experimental or of a permanent nature, be added to the curriculum, these courses will be accepted as part of the Asian Studies Minor. To be a part of the Asian Studies curriculum, a course must have two-thirds Asian content.

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