Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies

The Asian and Asian American Studies program brings two traditionally distinct fields of inquiry together in dynamic conversation: Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. The program's transnational emphasis and research-intensive curriculum focuses on the complex social, cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American life. We examine a wide range of social issues and problems inside these diverse communities—Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Laos, Vietnamese, Korean, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, indigenous Hawaiian, and many other Asian/Pacific Islanders—to better understand the histories and contemporary experiences of these groups, but above all as a way to better understand the human condition. Comprised of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, the program engages Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas not as static, monolithic sites but rather as sites of shifting historical, geographic, and geopolitical zones of interaction, struggle, and cooperation. With course offerings and faculty specializing in multiple academic disciplines, our program gives students interdisciplinary and multi-method research and learning skills to communicate and collaborate across cultures and communities, which will give them a competitive advantage in both their studies and in the increasingly diverse, globalized, and interconnected world of the 21st century.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire knowledge of the discipline of Asian Studies.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the wide range of Asian cultures
  3. Recognize the historical and contemporary importance of Asia in world politics
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical traditions of one or more Asian cultures
  5. Describe and analyze literary texts and artifacts of an Asian culture
  6. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand the complex political and economic relationships within Asia and between Asia and other regions in an increasingly globalized world


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