Timothy Lomperis, Ph.D., 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)
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)
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.