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Asian Studies (Minor)

Asia plays a critical role in contemporary global affairs. Given its strategic significance and growing economic and political power, there is increasing demand in both the public and private sectors for employees with a background in Asian studies.

Asian American Studies

Students pursuing SLU's minor in Asian studies examine the language, economics, history and politics of the continent. The Asian studies minor is a 21-hour multidisciplinary program open to all majors and is offered through SLU's Department of Political Science.

You will be required to take nine credit hours of an Asian language and 12 credit hours of electives — which can include political science, history, English, theology and international business courses.

Highlighted Courses

Asian language requirement (9 credit hours):

  • CHIN 1010: Communicating in Chinese I
  • CHIN 1020: Communicating in Chinese II
  • CHIN 2010: Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN 2020: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN 3010: Oral and Written Proficiency in Chinese I
  • CHIN 3020: Oral and Written Proficiency in Chinese II
  • CHIN 3930: Special Topics: Cultural Comparison: China - U.S.

Students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language without formal language course credits are exempt from the nine hour language requirement, but will be required to take 15 hours from the list of electives below (one elective beyond 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 (12 credit hours):

  • ENGL 3180/FSTD 3180: Chinese Screen: Chinese and Chinese American Film
  • ENGL 3500: Literature of the Postcolonial World
  • ENGL 4670/WGST 4930: Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Culture
  • HIST 2700: China and Japan to 1600
  • HIST 2710: China and Japan Since 1600
  • HIST 3200: China to 1644
  • HIST 3210: China Since 1644
  • HIST 4902: SEminar in Non-Western History: The Silk Roads - Religions and World History
  • IB 3040: Asian Business
  • POLS 2560: The Politics of Asia
  • POLS 3500: East Asian Political Economy
  • POLS 3660: U.S. Strategy in Asia
  • THEO 2710: Religions of the World
  • THEO 2520: Comparative Religious Ethics
  • THEO 3710/ARTH 3930: Arts of Hinduism and Buddhism
  • THEO 3720: Intuition, Spontaneity and Flow: Daoism in Comparative Context
  • THEO 3740: Religions of Asia

Substitutions may be made with written 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 are excluded). To insure some multidisciplinary breadth, students are encouraged to take their elective credits in three of the five different disciplines included above (English, international business, history, political science, and theology).

  • Michelle Lorenzini, Ph.D., program director
  • Vincent Casaregola, Ph.D.
  • Mary Chittooran, Ph.D.
  • Vijai Dixit, Ph.D.
  • Lili Guo, Ph.D.
  • Torrie Hester, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Islam, Ph.D.
  • Nori Karagari, Ph.D.
  • Seung Kim, Ph.D. (emeritus)
  • Pauline Lee, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Lomperis, Ph.D. (emeritus)
  • Filippo Marsili, Ph.D.
  • David Oughton, Ph.D.
  • Nitish Singh, Ph.D.
  • Joya Uraizee, Ph.D.
  • Hongxin Zhao, Ph.D.
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