Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Minor

The College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary minor in Asian studies. The minor provides students with a multifaceted understanding of Asian societies, histories, languages, political systems, and geographies. The minor requires a total of 21 credit hours, distributed as 12 hours of core courses and 9 hours of designated electives.

Core courses:

HST 103 - Introduction to Global History 1500-1848
PAR 232 - Asian Religions
PLS 317/337/339 - This course is no longer offered; we will substituate another Asian Studies course in its stead.
3 hours of a foreign language (either JPN 101, CHN 101, or transfer credit of study of another Asian language)

Elective courses:

CHN 101 - Introductory Chinese I
CHN 102 - Introductory Chinese II
FST 380 - Introduction to Bollywood Cinema
FST 385 - Japanese Cinema 
GGY 181 - World Geography II
HST 203 - The Sea in History
HST 360 - History of Modern China
HST 361 - History of Modern Japan
HST 363 - History of Premodern East Asia
HST 365 - India and Pakistan after 1947
HST 366 - History of Southeast Asia
HST 497 - Topics in Asian History
INT 335 - Topics in Asia
INT 336 - Modern China through Film
INT 337 - China Encounters the World 
JPN 101 - Introductory Japanese I
JPN 102 - Introductory Japanese II
JPN 201 - Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 202 - Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 211 - Perspectives on Contemporary Japanese Culture
JPN 294 - Japanese Study Abroad I
PAR 370 - Tibetan Buddhism
PAR 371 - Buddhism
PAR 372 - Religions of India
PAR 373 - Chinese Religions
PAR 374 - Japanese Religions
PAR 375 - Islam
PLS 317 - Political Thought of Asia
PLS 337 - Chinese Politics
PLS 339 - Asian Politics

Total: 21 hours


Additional Information:At least six credits of the total 21 must be taken at the 300-level or above. No more than 9 hours in a single discipline may be counted towards the minor.

Substitutions may be approved for topic courses, seminars, directed individual study, field work, and/or study abroad that focus primarily on Asia. Students must have a grade of “C-” or better for each course counted towards the minor and an overall “C” (2.00) average or better for all courses counted for the minor.

See current UNCW Catalogue for up to date information.