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Asian Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Director: P. Richard Bohr

The Asian Studies Program helps CSB/SJU students prepare for personal and professional involvement with Asia and Asian-America.

The Asian Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary spectrum of courses taught by experienced faculty in art, economics, history, language (Chinese and Japanese), literature, philosophy, religion and politics. Course work is complemented by semester long study abroad programs in Beibei, China and Tokyo, Japan; short term study abroad programs in Hong Kong/South China; campus activities such as the scholar-in-residence program, and the annual tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as other Asia-related activities co-sponsored by the Asia Club and other campus organizations; outreach to Asian-American communities; and various teaching opportunities in Japan and China as well as other internship opportunities and career exploration links with area business, educational, civic, governmental, non-profit, and cultural institutions.


The individualized Asian Studies major requires students to take HIST 200, HIST 395, and HIST 399 plus three additional History courses, two of which must be at the upper division level. In addition, four other courses chosen from any department, including History, must form a coherent whole addressing the student’s interests, must be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and the Director of Asian Studies and must be approved by the History Department chair. With the approval of the Director of Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese language beyond 211 may count toward the minor or major.


The minor requires successful completion of 20 credits from among the following courses. At least 10 credits must be upper division.

Required Courses:
HIST 114 East Asia Before 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 115 East Asia Since 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 116 South Asia Before 1500 (4 credits)
HIST 117 South Asia Since 1500 (4 credits)

and two of the following:
HIST 315 Islam in South Asia Confronting Modernity (4 credits)
HIST 316 China in Revolution, 1800-1949 (4 credits)
HIST 317 The People's Republic of China (4 credits)
HIST 318 The United States and China Since 1800 (4 credits)
HIST 319 Modern Japan, 1868-Present (4 credits)

Plus three other courses selected from among the following:
ART 208 Introduction to Asian Art (4 credits)
ART 240 Art of India, Art of China, and Art of Japan (4 credits)
ECON 316 Asian Economies (4 credits)
ENGL 385 Literature of the Indian Subcontinent (4 credits)
MCLT 315 Chinese Literature in Translation (4 credits)
MCLT 319 East Asian Literature in Translation (4 credits)
PHIL 272 Asian Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 339 Chinese Philosophy (4 credits)
POLS 346 Asian Politics (4 credits)
THEO 365/CORE 360 Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition (4 credits)

Most courses taken at Southwest University in Beibei, China and at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan also count toward the minor. Students preparing for graduate study or an Asia-related career are advised to fulfill the Core Curriculum language proficiency requirement by completing either the sequence of CHIN 111,112 and 211 (or abroad CHIN 115, 116 and 215) or the sequence of JAPN 111, 112 and 211 (or abroad JAPN 115, 116 and 215).

In addition, the two credits earned in the May Term course in China (COLG 280), may also apply.