Academics: Majors and Programs

Asian Studies Minor Requirements

The Asian Studies minor is designed to give students a broad, multidisciplinary background in the society, politics, history and culture of Asian countries and the Asian region. Students may undertake this minor without having studied either of the two Asian languages offered at Spelman (Chinese and Japanese), but we do 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. 

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

  • Analyze the Asian region in terms of its historical, cultural, political 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.

Course Requirements

To fulfill the Asian Studies minor, students must complete 5 classes for a total of twenty (20) credit hours, including the required course, Introduction to Asian Studies, plus 4 classes selected from the list below.  All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

  • AS/PSC 200 Introduction to Asian Studies  (required)
  • *ECON 350 Japanese Economic Devt.
  • *ENG 424 Immigrant Women’s Literature
  • *ENG 433 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 216 Images of Women in Non-Western Literature
  • ENG 333 Contemporary India: Literature and the Political
  • HIS 343A Modern Japan History
  • 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
  • PSC 342 Japan in Asia
  • PSC 345 Government and Politics of India
  • PSC 210 International Politics and Film
  • *PHI 375 Taoism: Chinese Philosophy
  • REL 270 Intro to Eastern Religious Traditions
  • REL 217 Intro to Bhagvad Gita
  • REL 278 Women in Eastern Religious Traditions
  • AS 400 Directed Studies in Asian Studies
  • Chinese 345 Understanding Modern China
  • SFLJ/SFLC 200 Introduction to Japan and China for Business and Travel
Chinese language courses at the 300-level or above
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

* Courses have pre-requisites