Asian Studies (Minor)

Asian Studies (Minor)
Asian Studies

What is Asian studies?

The Asian studies minor will provide you with an interdisciplinary introduction to the languages, geographies, histories, politics, literatures, cultures and religions of East and South Asia. You’ll also explore contemporary topics and the interaction between Asian countries and the rest of the world. An understanding of Asian history and culture can be useful in various careers such as advertising, business, education, government, health, law and marketing. Combine this minor with a range of studies to prepare for your future career or graduate studies.

Why study Asian studies at UNH?

The interdisciplinary Asian studies minor is designed to foster teaching and learning as well as research in all areas of Asia. You’ll be able to tailor your studies to your interests, from the language of Chinese to subjects ranging from foreign policy and the environment to the Asian-American experience and cross-border movements of industry and ideas. You’ll also be able to earn credits toward the minor through a study abroad experience in China.

Potential career areas

  • Community organizing
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Media relations
  • Museum curation
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Social work

POLT/IA Advisor and Academic Department Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-1767
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center Rm 312C, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The aim of the interdisciplinary Asian studies minor program is to foster teaching and learning as well as research in all areas of Asia. The minor offers opportunities to develop proficiency in Asian languages and to study the histories, politics, literatures, cultures and religions of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and others) and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and others). Courses offered provide students the chance to explore a wide range of contemporary subjects such as foreign policy, language use, education, environment, the Asian-American experience, ethnic and religious conflict, literary and cultural production, and cross-border movements of industry and ideas.

For further information, please contact Lawrence C. Reardon, associate professor of political science,, (603) 862-1858. 

To complete the minor in Asian Studies, students are required to take five courses (20 credits) or their equivalent, and no more than three can be counted from any one of the following disciplines:

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Asian American or South Asian Literature (ENGL)
  • Geography (GEOG)
  • History (HIST)
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (either CHIN or JPN)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Political Science (POLT)

The following are a list of courses that count toward the minor. Please note additional courses may also count. Visit the program website for the most up-to-date information.

ANTH 500Peoples and Cultures of the World (only topic D) Asia)4
ANTH 501World Archaeological Cultures (only topic F) Asia)4
CHIN 401Elementary Chinese I4
CHIN 402Elementary Chinese II4
CHIN 425Introduction to Chinese Culture4
CHIN 503Intermediate Chinese I4
CHIN 504Intermediate Chinese II4
CHIN 521What does it Mean to be Modern? Lenses of Modern Chinese Literature and Film4
CHIN 632Advanced Chinese Conversation and Composition II4
CHIN 795Independent Study1-4
ENGL 581Reading the Postcolonial Experience4
GEOG 530China: People, Politics and Economy4
PHIL 520Introduction to Eastern Philosophy4
POLT 546Wealth and Politics in Asia4
POLT 556Politics in China4
POLT 569The Rise of China4
POLT 742Politics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India4
POLT 797ESeminar in International Politics (US/China Decision Making)4

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