Academics: Majors and Programs

Asian Studies Minor

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The Asian Studies minor is designed to give students a broad, multi-disciplinary background in the society, politics, history and culture of Asian countries. Students may undertake this minor without having studied either of the two Asian languages offered at Spelman, Chinese and Japanese, but we strongly suggest the completion of two years of language study in one of them. Minor classes must be in at least two different departments, must cover at least two different Asian countries, and must have a mix of 200, 300 and 400-level classes. 


To fulfill the Asian Studies minor, students must complete six classes for a total of 24 credit hours, including the required course Introduction to Asian Studies plus five classes selected from the list below. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.*

• AS200 Introduction to Asian Studies (required) (Crosslisted with the Political Science Department     (PSC200).
• *ECON 350 Japanese Economic Development
• *ENG 424 Immigrant Women’s Literature
• *ENG 433 Postcolonial Literature
• HIS 343A Modern Japan History
• SFLI/SFLC 200 Intro to Japan and China for Business and Travel
• HIS 241 Survey of Traditional China and Japan
• HIS 242 Survey of Modern China and Japan
• HIS 343 Modern Chinese History
• HIS 344 Women in Modern China
• HIS 345 Asian Thought
• PSC 342 Japan in Asia
• PSC 210 International Politics and Film
• SOC 260 Japanese Society
• *PHI 375 Taoism: Chinese Philosophy
• REL 270 Intro to Eastern Religious Traditions
• REL 217 Intro to Bhagavad Gita
• AS 345 Government and Politics of India
• Chinese 345 Understanding Modern China
• Chinese language courses at the 300-level or above
* Courses have prerequisites.
• Japanese language courses at the 300-level or above
• Asia-related Internships for Paracurricular credit
• Asia-related courses during Study Abroad
• Directed Studies with individual faculty

This course is open to minors who wish to engage in independent study in areas that course offerings do not cover. Under the guidance of an instructor, the student engages in comprehensive reading, writing and discussion. Permission of the instructor required.

* Courses have prerequisites


Upon Completion of the minor, students will be able to do the following:

• Analyze the Asian region in terms of its historical, cultural and social connections and continuities
• Identify Asia's role in the making of the modern world 
• Compare and contrast the similarities and differences among major Asian countries 
• Examine and explain the contemporary issues of economy, society and polity that face the major Asian countries