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Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor provides students with a foundational understanding of the politics, history, economy, and culture of the region, with particular emphasis on East Asia, as well as intermediate proficiency in one of its major languages. Intermediate language proficiency is required to enroll in some of the minor's upper-level course work. Asian Studies minors are encouraged to take advantage of Wesleyan's study abroad offerings in Asia, as well as the rich cultural programming offered through the Wesleyan College Confucius Institute. Students who graduate with a minor in Asian Studies will be able to pair this course of study with studies in their major field to be prepared for a number of graduate programs and career options.

Minor Requirements: Asian Studies (15 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)
CHN 212 Intermediate Chinese (3 hours)
or
JPN 212 Intermediate Japanese (3 hours)
HIS 346 History of East Asia (3 hours)

Electives (9 hours; minimum of 3 hours of 300-level or 400-level coursework)
AST 199 Field Study (up to 3 hours)
AST 250 Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 hours)
AST 296 Special Topics in Asian Studies (up to 3 hours)
AST 350 Contemporary Asia (3 hours)
AST 396 Special Topics in Asian Studies (up to 6 hours)
AST 451 Directed Independent Study (up to 3 hours)
AST 452 Field Study (up to 6 hours)
COM 216 Intercultural Communication (3 hours)
HIS 120 Early Civilizations (3 hours)
or
HIS 125 Emerging Modern World (3 hours)
AST/ENG 205 Perspectives on World Literature (3 hours)*
AST/ENG 347 Seminar in World Literature (3 hours)*
REL 225 Exploring the World's Religions (3 hours)
HIS 305 Twentieth Century Genocides (3 hours)
HIS 323 Empires and Diaspora (3 hours)
POL 335 Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)
TRA 240/242/244/246 Travel Study Seminar (up to 3-4 hours)**

*ENG 205, and ENG 347 will occasionally be offered without sufficient Asian content, at which times they will not be cross-listed as Asian Studies courses.

**TRA course must include travel to an Asian country.

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