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 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)

  • 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)

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)

  • ENGL 3180/FSTD 3180 Chinese Screen: Chinese and Chinese-American Film (3)
  • ENGL 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 3200 China to 1644 (3)
  • HIST 3210 China Since 1644 (3)
  • HIST 4902 Seminar in Non-Western History: The Silk Roads: Religions and World History (3)
  • IBS 3040 Asian Business (3)
  • POLS 2560 The Politics of Asia (3)
  • POLS 3500 Asian Miracles (3)
  • POLS 3660 US Strategy in Asia (3)
  • POLS 2710 Religions of the World (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)
  • THEO 3740 Religions of Asia (3)

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.


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