Asian people constitute more than 60 percent of the world’s population and Asian cultures represent some of the oldest continuous civilizations on the planet. The Asian studies minor enables students to combine study of an Asian language with selected courses in literature, history, religion, politics and other fields. Students who complete this minor will be culturally and linguistically literate in a dynamic region with ever-deepening ties to Kentucky and the United States.

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 Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) or Aichi Institute of Technology (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) (Please Note – this course has two prerequisites)
  • POS300 (World Politics)
  • POS307 (Comparative Politics)
  • POS407 (International Law and Organization)
  • POS430 (International Political Economy)