Saint Louis University

Asian Studies Minor

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 cooperative program involving several departments.  It is open to all majors.


Asian language (9 hours)

  • CHIN 1010 Communicating in Chinese I (3) 
  • CHIN 1020 Communicating in Chinese II (3)
  • CHIN 2010 Intermediate Chinese I (3)
  • CHIN 2020 Intermediate Chinese II (3)
  • CHIN 3010 Oral and Written Proficiency in Chinese I (3)
  • CHIN 3020 Oral and Written Proficiency in Chinese II (3)
  • CHIN 3930 Culture Comparison: Chinese - US (3)
  • HIND 1010 Communicating in Hindi I (3)
  • HIND 1020 Communicating in Hindi II (3)
  • HIND 2010 Intermediate Hindi: Language and Culture (3)
  • AR 1010 Communicating in Arabic I (3)
  • AR 1020 Communicating in Arabic II (3)
  • AR 2010 Intermediate Arabic: Language and Culture (3)

Note: Other Asian languages may be substituted through coursework elsewhere. Native speakers of an Asian language must study or demonstrate proficiency in another Asian language. In 2015, Hindi was not being offered.

Elective courses (9 hours)

  • CHIN 3930 Cultural Comparison:  China - US (3)
  • ENGL 3180/FSTD 3180 Chinese Screen: Chinese and Chinese American Film (3)
  • ENG 3500 Literature of the Postcolonial World (3)
  • ENGL 4670/WGST 4930 Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Culture (3)
  • HIND 3930 Indian Literature in Translation
  • HIST 2700 China and Japan to 1600 (3)
  • HIST 2710 China and Japan to 1600 (3)
  • HIST 3210 China Since 1644 (3)
  • HIST 4920 Imperialism in Asia (3)
  • IBS 3040 Asian Business (3)
  • POLS 2560 The Politics of Asia (3)
  • POLS 3500 Asian Miracles (3)
  • POLS 3930 US-East Asian Relations (3)
  • THEO 2700 Religious Traditions of Asia (3)
  • THEO 2710 Buddhism (3)
  • THEO 2520 Comparative Religious Ethics (3)
  • THEO 3710/ARTH 3930 Arts of Hinduism and Buddhism (3)
  • THEO 3720 Intuition, Spontaneity, and Flow: Daoism in Comparative Context (3)

Notes: 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. 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 (like China or India) must take at least one elective that covers another or other Asian countries. Because of its continent-wide scope, students are encouraged to take POLS 2560.

POLS 3930 Asian Studies Capstone (3)

With the Director's permission, students may substitute, for the capstone requirement, an independent study under an Asian Studies faculty member that involves a major writing project. In semesters when the capstone is not offered, students may substitute, with the Director's permission, a 4000-level Asian content seminar in any of the six host disciplines.


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