Dr. Michelle Lorenzini, Director
With approximately 60 percent of the world's population and the attendant economic and political influence, Asia's and particularly China's global importance is evident. This implies more and more career opportunities in law, business, government, journalism, arts, and education for those students who have a background in Asian Studies. The Asian Studies Minor provides an opportunity for SLU undergraduates to add a multidisciplinary degree option in the geography, history, business, economics, politics, and culture of Asia.
The Asian Studies minor is a 21 hour interdisciplinary program involving several departments. It is open to all majors. Requirements include 9 hours of Asian language courses and 12 hours of electives. At least one non-language elective must be at the 3000 or 4000-level.
Asian language (9 hours)
Note: Students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language without formal language course credits are exempt from the 9 hour language requirement but will be required to take 15 hours from the list of electives below (one elective beyong the usual 12 hours). Proficiency in an Asian language is demonstrated via one of the standards outlined in the College of Arts and Sciences Policy for Proof of Foreign Language Proficiency. Other Asian languages may be substituted through coursework elsewhere.
Elective courses (9 hours)
Note: Substitutions may be made with approval of the program director based on criteria of a SLU-equivalent academic substance and of a 50 percent Asian content to the course. One of the 3 hour electives must be a 3000 or 4000-level course (Asian language courses excluded). To insure some multidisciplinary breadth, students are encouraged to take their elective credits in three of the six different disciplines included above (English, foreign language, international business, history, political science, and theology). Students who are concentrating in one Asian country must take at least one elective that covers another or other Asian countries.