Minors & Certificates
What is Asian Studies?
Asia is gaining increasing economic and strategic prominence in the world, and Asian countries have rich and fascinating cultures and heritages. Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the languages, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Asian countries. Students may also study abroad in Asia, pursue internships and apply for fellowships.
American businesses, governmental and nongovernmental organizations are deeply involved in Asia, yet there are not enough American professionals who are knowledgeable about the region. A minor or certificate in Asian studies makes students highly sought in an increasingly global marketplace. In addition to being well-prepared for graduate school, graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers such as:
- Teaching in an Asian country
- Working with U.S. firms interested in Asia
- Research and analysis
Asian Studies Minor Requirements
Students complete the following 22 hours for this minor:
Two Humanities courses from group below
One full Language sequence from group below
Two Social Sciences courses from group below
Students must choose a one-year sequence (1001,1002) of either Arabic, Chinese or Japanese
|CHIN1002||Basic Chinese 2||5|
|JAPN1001||Basic Japanese 1||5|
|JAPN1002||Basic Japanese 2||5|
|ARAB1002||Basic Literary Arabic II||5|
|CHIN1001||Basic Chinese 1||5|
|ARAB1001||Basic Literary Arabic I||5|
Students are required to choose any two (6 credit hours) of the courses listed in Humanities.
|ARTH2071||Survey of Japanese Art||3|
|ARTH6050||History of Japanese Prints, 1670-1970||3|
|AIST2083||Introduction to East Asian Films||3|
|ARTH2070||Survey of Chinese Art||3|
|MUHS6067||Topics in Ethnomusicology||3|
|HIST2012||History of South Asia||3|
|MUHS6082||World Music Lab: Indian Tabla||0 - 1|
|JAPN3051||Topics in Japanese Literature I||3|
|JAPN3052||Topics in Japanese Literature II||3|
|HIST2011||History of Japan||3|
|HIST2010||History of China||3|
|AIST2081||Introduction to Chinese Culture||3|
|JAPN4005||Topics in Japanese Culture and Society||3|
|HIST4027||U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations||3|
|HIST3092||Modern China in Hollywood||3|
|ARTH1040||Survey of East Asian art||3|
|ARTH3042||Early Modern Japanese Art||3|
|AIST2082||Introduction to Japanese Culture||3|
Students are required to choose any two (6 credit hours) of the courses listed in Social Sciences.
|GEOG2036||Geography of Southern Asia||3|
|AIST3084||The Economies of Japan and Korea: Development, Institutions and Crisis||3|
|GEOL6021C||Himalayan Field Trip||3|
|POL3083||China and the World||3|
|POL2064||Politics of South Asia||3|
|POL6065||Women and sustainable development||4|
|POL6083||China and America: Challenges and Opportunities||4|
|POL3084||International Relations of East Asia||3|
|AIST3083||The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration||3|
|URBN3080||Film and the Global Village||3|
|AIST6065||Seminar in Southeast Asia||3|
|POL2063||Politics of China||3|
|POL3086||War, Peace, Security, and Conflict in Asia||3|
|PLAN6032||Sustainable Development: Global Responses||3 - 4|
|GEOG2026||Geography of Asia||3|
|POL6068||Nation, race, identity||3 - 4|
|POL6064||South Asia and the world||4|
|POL3087||Regional Politics in Asia||3|
|GEOG2037||Geography of China||3|
|PLAN4090||Global Perspectives in Urban Planning||3|
Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Freshman Admission Requirements
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.
If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Completion of Academic Minor Degree in Asian Studies
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
728F Old Chemistry
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377
Dr. Mikiko Hirayama