Asian Studies

People living in Asia constitute over half the world’s population, and represent some the oldest civilizations continuous on the globe. The Asian studies minor emphasizes study of an Asian language, particularly Japanese, in combination with courses that will enhance students’ awareness and appreciation of Asian literature, history, politics, economics, religion, geography and society. Georgetown College students who complete this minor will be culturally and linguistically literate in Asian topics, broadening their horizons and enabling them to work, travel or study in Asia or with Asian people in the U.S.A. or other non-Asian parts of the world

Interdisciplinary Minor

Twenty-one hours of which 9 hours must be from a single area

I. Language (6 hours)

  • JPN201 (Intermediate JPN I)
  • JPN202 (Intermediate JPN II)
  • or other Asian language to intermediate level with approval of program coordinator

II. Liberal Arts – 15 hours, including HIS 211 or HIS 213. At least one course must be taken from a discipline other than Japanese and History, i.e. Philosophy/Religion, Economics, Political Science or other discipline from approved topics course (such as Art, Theatre, etc.).

  • HIS211 (Asian Civilization I)
  • HIS213 (Asian Civilization II)
  • HIS316 (Modern China)
  • HIS321 (History of Japan)
  • JPN320 (Traditional Japanese Literature)
  • JPN322 (Modern Japanese Literature)
  • JPN335 (Traditional Japanese Theatre)
  • JPN355 (Doing Business in Asia)
  • PHI/REL301 (Philosophies/Religions of India)
  • PHI/REL303 (Philosophies/Religions of Asia)
  • Any topics courses subject to approval of program director, such as ART 470 (Arts of Asia), etc.
  • Participation in an internship program (MCLC 360 or other with approval of program director)
  • Study abroad program such as KIIS or AIT exchange subject to approval of program director.

No more than one of the following courses may also be counted towards the minor and the disciplinary distribution requirement.

  • ECO410 (International Economics) (N.B.-this course has two prerequisites)
  • POS300 (World Politics)
  • POS307 (Comparative Politics)
  • POS407 (International Law and Organization)
  • POS430 (International Political Economy)


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