Asian Studies Minor

The minor in Asian Studies is an undergraduate level interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, with Dr. Shiping Hua as Director.


How do I apply for the Asian Studies Minor?

1.         Go to

2.         Under A&S Advising Forms, choose Application for Minor

3.         Login using you User ID and password

4.         Fill out information lines 1-5

•  General information

•  Choose, "I am applying to a minor in Asian Studies"

•  If you have applied for another minor check in addition to and choose the minor. If this is your first      application for a minor, leave the drop box on does not apply.

•  Choose the department of your major. (If your major is a language, choose Classical and Modern Languages.)

•  Check for and read admission requirements for your department if is listed.

5.         Click on Submit Form

6.         A confirmation notice will be automatically sent to your U of L email account.

7.         Please send an email message to Dr. Hua ( to let him know that you have applied.


What are the requirements for the Asian Studies minor?

You must take 18 credit hours in courses with an Asian emphasis, including AST 310 Introduction to Asian Studies.  Of the hours, 6 must be in non-language courses in the Division of Humanities (including approved courses in Chinese Studies, Art History, Humanities, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Theatre Arts, and Women's and Gender Studies), 6 hours must be in the Division of Social Sciences (including approved courses in Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology), and 3 hours must be a course on the Chinese or Japanese language (approved courses in Chinese Studies or Modern Languages).


Which courses can be counted towards the Minor in Asian Studies?

ANT 317 Anthropology of China-CD2

ARTH 290 Survey of Asian Art-ACD1

ARTH 331 Chinese Art

ARTH 335 Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architects-CD1

ARTH 337 Eastern Asia Landscape Art

ARTH 339 Architecture and Gardens in China and Japan

ARTH 531 Studies in Asian Art

AST 310 Introduction to Asian Studies

CHNS 101 Elementary Chinese I

CHNS 102 Elementary Chinese II

CHNS 201 Intermediate Chinese I

CHNS 202 Intermediate Chinese II

CHNS 301 Advanced Intermediate Chinese I

CHNS 302 Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

CHNS 455 Advanced Readings in Chinese I

CHNS 456 Advanced Readings in Chinese II

CHST 313 Special Topics

CHST 323 Doing Business in China

CHST 331 Chinese Culture and Tradition

CHST 333 Contemporary China

CHST 335 China Through Film-CD1

CHST 341 Ethnicity and Religion in China

CHST 351 Chinese Literature in Translation I-CD1

CHST 352 Chinese Literature in Translation II-CD1

CHST 353 Chinese Literary Theory

CHST 361 Western Literature in China

GEOG 316 Geography of South Asia

HIST 390 History of Islamic Central Asia-WRCD2

HIST 396 History of India-WR

HIST 398 Modern China

HIST 399 The Vietnam War

HIST 561 U.S. and Vietnam -WR

HIST 584 Women in East Asia

HIST 591 Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India - WR

HIST 592 Civilizations of Modern India - WR

HIST 598 Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia

HUM 307 East Asian Cultures-CD1

HUM 341 South Asian Religious Thought and Culture-CD1

HUM 342 Eastern Mysticism

HUM 343 East Asian Religious Thought and Culture

HUM 345 Women in Hinduism and Buddhism-CD1

HUM 369 Asian Theatre

ML 270 Chinese Contributions to the World-CD1

POLS 345 Russia and Eurasia-WR



The official description of the minor is as follows:

Minor in Asian Studies

Minor: AST

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (A&S)



Introduction to Asian Studies (AST 310-01)                               3


Electives in Humanities (excluding Asian languages)               6

(any CHST course;  ARTH 290, 331, 337, 339,

531, HUM 307, 341, 342, 343, 345 = WGST 345,

HUM 369 or TA 567, ML 270, PHIL 315)


Electives in Social Sciences                                                               6

(GEOG 316, HIST 390, 396, 398, 399, 561,

591, 592, POLS 345, 362, 365, 366, 367, 437)


Electives on Language                                                                        3

(CHNS or ML:  any course on the Chinese or

Japanese language)

Minimum total 18


1. Many departments offer "topics courses" that sometimes have an Asian focus, including ARTH 342/542 (Asian Art), HON 336 (Pacific Century), HUM 511 (Topics in Interpretation of Sacred Texts), HUM 512 (Topics in Contemporary Religious Thought), ML 101 (Basic Japanese), ML 201 (Intermediate Japanese), ML 313 (Special Topics in Language, Literature or Culture), and WGST 591 (Women in East Asia).  Such courses may be counted towards the Minor in Asian Studies with the permission of the program director, who will determine which electives requirements the topics courses fill.

2.  No more than 12 of the hours may be taken in courses that are approved for the minor in Chinese Studies.

3. All students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program in Asia.  Such a program will substitute for an elective (or electives, for a 6-hour course) in an area approved by the program director.