- Undergraduate Programs
Asian Studies Minor
Dr. Timothy Lomperis, Co-Director
Dr. Michelle Lorenzini, Co-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. The minor also requires 30 hours of community service. It is open to all majors.
Required courses (21 hours), plus 30 hours of community service in the Asian community
Asian language (9 hours)
- CHIN 110 Communicating in Chinese I (3)
- CHIN 115 Communicating in Chinese II (3)
- CHIN 210 Intermediate Chinese: Language and Culture I (3)
- HIND 110 Communicating in Hindi I (3)
- HIND 115 Communicating in Hindi II (3)
- HIND 210 Intermediate Hindi: Language and Culture (3)
- ARAB 110 Communicating in Arabic I (3)
- ARAB 110 Communicating in Arabic II (3)
- ARAB 210 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.
Elective courses (9 hours)
- CHIN 215 Intermediate Chinese: Language and Culture II (3)
(will not count as an elective for native speakers of Chinese)
- ENGL 325 Literature of the Postcolonial World (3)
- ENGL 467 Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Culture (3)
- HIND 393 Indian Literature in Translation
- HIST 270 China to 1600 (3)
- HIST 271 Japan and China Since 1600 (3)
- HIST 321 China Since 1644 (3)
- HIST 492 Imperialism in Asia (3)
- IBS 304 Asian Business (3)
- POLS 256 The Politics of Asia (China, India, Japan, and Vietnam) (3)
- POLS 350 Asian Miracles (3)
- POLS 466 Asymmetric Warfare (3)
- POLS 486 Political Thought of Asia (3)
- THEO 270 Religious Traditions of Asia (3)
- THEO 271 Buddhism (3)
- THEO 273 Hinduism (3)
- THEO 279 World Religions (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 256.
POLS 393 Asian Studies Capstone (3)
In Spring 2012: POLS 393 China and India: Reacting to the Past
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 400-level Asian content seminar in any of the six host disciplines.
Other requirements: Completion of at least 30 hours of community service in the Asian community either in St. Louis or in the student's hometown during the summer.