Minor in Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program provides an interdisciplinary minor in the study of a variety of cultural regions of Asia, particularly South Asia and East Asia.

The program incorporates faculty and courses in a range of areas, including anthropology, art history, Asian languages, history, literature, political science, and religious studies. Courses also frequently address international and cross-cultural issues intersecting with Asia.

Through courses and events, the Asian Studies program promotes awareness and expertise about the region and its connections throughout the world.

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The minor requires 18 hours of coursework, including two of the following four courses:

  • ANT 217 Peoples of Asia
  • ARH 254 Asian Art History
  • HY 113 (formerly HY 243) Asian Civilization to 1400
  • HY 114 (formerly HY 244) Asian Civilization since 1400
  • REL 102 Religions of the World
  • REL 220 Survey of Asian Religions

The remaining 12 hours are electives from among the lists of courses that qualify for Asian studies. Six of those hours must be upper-level courses. Minors should also take at least two semesters of a relevant language unless their course of study requires a non-Asian language.

Find a detailed list of minor requirements, including course descriptions, in the Undergraduate Catalog.

More Information

For more information about the minor in Asian studies, contact asianstudies@as.ua.edu or Prof. Richard Newton, the REL Undergraduate Director and minor advisor (learn more about advising). Also, visit the following links: