Associate Professor Michael Rich, Program Coordinator 

One of the most economically and culturally dynamic regions in the world, Asia is home to over 60 per cent of the world’s people and some of the world’s most highly developed civilizations and richest cultural heritages.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 rapidly changing region with ever-deepening ties to Kentucky and the United States.


Interdisciplinary Minor

Twenty-one hours required, of which nine 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)
  • HIS 302 (Traditional China)
  • HIS316 (Modern China)
  • HIS321 (History of Japan)
  • JPN320 (Traditional Japanese Literature)
  • JPN322 (Modern Japanese Literature)
  • JPN335 (Traditional Japanese Theatre)
  • JPN355 (Doing Business in Asia)
  • JPN370 (Special Topics in Japanese Culture)
  • POS300 World Politics
  • POS311 (Politics of the Pacific Rim)
  • POS321 (International Human Rights)
  • REL255 (Religions of the Ancient World)
  • REL353 (Advanced Topics in World Religions)
  • Any topics courses subject to approval of program director, such as ART 470 (Arts of Asia), etc.
  • Participation in an internship program (MCLC360 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)