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Asian Studies, Minor

Saint Louis University's Asian studies minor introduces students to the Chinese language and gives them insight into the culture and history of Asia.

As a rising region of the world, Asia is generating many economic opportunities, undergoing demographic expansion and growing technological connectivity. SLU's 15-credit Asian studies minor is open to all majors but is especially complementary to those studying political science, international studies, Chinese, theology and international business.

This interdisciplinary program connects students to professors in departments across the University, including theology, history, film studies and business. 


Yun Lee, Ph.D.
     Program Director

Required Asian Language6
Students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language without formal language course credits may be exempt from the six-credit language requirement, but will be required to take 15 credits from the list of electives below. 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.
CHIN 1010
Elementary Chinese I: Language and Culture
CHIN 1020
Elementary Chinese II: Language and Culture
CHIN 2010
Intermediate Chinese I: Language and Culture
CHIN 2020
Intermediate Chinese II: Language and Culture
CHIN 3010
Proficiency in Chinese I: Language and Culture
CHIN 3020
Proficiency in Chinese II: Language and Culture
Elective Courses
Select three of the following elective courses. At least one elective must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Students must take courses from at least two of the following three attributes.9
Asia in Comparison
ENGL 3500
Literature of the Postcolonial World
ENGL 4670
Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Culture
HIST 4902
Seminar in World History
POLS 2560
The Politics of Asia
THEO 2520
Comparative Religious Ethics
THEO 2710
Religions of the World
THEO 3710
Arts of Hinduism and Buddhism
IB 3040
Asian Business
East Asia
HIST 1700
China and Japan To 1600: Histories, Cultures, Identities
HIST 1710
China and Japan Since 1600: Samurai, Revolutionaries, Entrepreneurs
POLS 3500
East Asian Political Economy
THEO 3720
Intuition, Spontaneity, and Flow: Daoism in Comparative Context
Total Credits15

Continuation Standards

All Asian studies minor courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to count for the minor and for the student to continue in the minor.