Asia is the home of the most ancient and longest-lived civilizations the world has witnessed and of most of the world’s present population. Moreover, recent history would be impossible to write without frequent reference to Asia.
Many of the momentous events of modern times can be evoked by the names of Asian countries: Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asian countries, and Middle Eastern countries. The resolution of many of today’s pressing issues requires an understanding of the needs and interests of the Asian peoples.
Declaring a Minor
Current students can declare a minor in this program through their myUPEI account.
Need more information about Asian Studies?
The Asian Studies minor consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit (seven courses in total). To obtain a degree with a Minor in Asian Studies, a student must successfully complete:
- Either AST 2010 or AST 2020
- One course from the Asian Language Courses group
- One course from the Asian Studies Electives group
- Four courses taken from:
- the Asian Language Courses group,
- Korean Studies Courses group,
- Asian Studies Electives group, and/or
- Asian Studies Special Topics/Directed Studies group.
Note: Students are allowed to declare only one minor option, either Asian Studies or Korean Studies.
Guidelines for Taking Core and Elective Courses
Asian Studies at UPEI is a flexible interdisciplinary program. For this and other reasons, we have developed no formal regulations regarding when you should take the core and elective courses and how you can integrate them. But here are some flexible guidelines:
Most of the elective courses are introductory courses, which can be completed in your second, third, and fourth years at UPEI. You can take the Asian language courses (AS 1010 and AS 1020) in any semester/year we offer them, but we encourage you to complete at least AS 1010 (Introduction to Japanese I) by your second year.
We also encourage you to take core courses (Asian Studies 2010 and 2020) in the first or second year, so that you can have a broad introductory preparation in Asian Studies before taking the electives offered by Religious Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, and Political Studies.
If this is not possible due to your Major requirements and academic schedule, then you may take Asian Studies 2010 and 2020 even in the junior and senior years, while taking some of the electives or after completing them.
The core courses will be offered every other year, alternating with the Japanese language courses: Asian Studies 2010 in the first semester, and Asian Studies 2020 in the second semester. But not all electives are offered every year because the participating departments have their own curriculum needs and plans. Accordingly, try to take the required number of electives as they are offered in different years.
For any questions or further guidelines, see Ms. Susie Jay (Secretary of Asian Studies, Main 330), call her at (902) 566-0480, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Asian Studies Courses
2010 Introduction to West Asia
2020 Introduction to East Asia
Special Topics and Directed Studies
2090 Special Topics
3090 Special Topics
4090 Special Topics
4510-4520 Directed Studies
Asian Language Courses
1010 Introduction to [a selected language not listed below] I
1020 Introduction to [a selected language not listed below] II
1011 Introduction to Japanese I
1012 Introduction to Korean I
1013 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese I
1021 Introduction to Japanese II
1022 Introduction to Korean II
1023 Introduction to Mandarin Chinese II
Korean Studies Courses
2101 Korean Civilization
2201 Korean Society and Culture
2301 Korean Religions
2401 Media and Pop-culture in South Korea
3101 Modern Korean History
3201 Korean Art: Traditional and Modern
3301 Korean Cinema
Asian Studies Electives
Peoples and Cultures
Sociology/Anthropology 2120 Peoples of South Asia
Religion and the Arts
Religious Studies 2210 Buddhism East and West
Religious Studies 2420 Hindu Religious Tradition
Religious Studies 2510 Japanese Religion and Culture
Religious Studies 2610 Religion and Philosophy in China
History and Politics
Political Science 3430 - Comparative Politics of South Asia
Political Science 3630 - Comparative Politics of the Middle East
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