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2020-2021 University Catalog 
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Asian Studies Minor

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Minor Requirements

The Asian Studies minor is an interdisciplinary subspecialization that focuses students’ attention on the people of Asia, including their diaspora. Students gain an understanding of the region’s historical and contemporary societies and cultures by completing courses in various disciplines. To achieve an Asian Studies minor, students are required to complete 5-8 courses including language instruction and electives. For the language requirement, students must complete four terms of instruction in modern Asian language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. For languages that are not offered at Transylvania, credits can be transferred if approved by the Asian Studies advisory committee. In addition to the language requirement, students are required to complete four electives, drawn from at least two disciplines and chosen from the list of electives below. Alternately, students are welcome to petition the Asian Studies committee for approval of other courses, such as special topics courses, May term courses that focus on the region, and independent study experiences. With prior approval of the advisory committee, up to two electives taken abroad may count toward the minor. No more than two courses from a student’s major or other minor pattern may be used to satisfy the requirements of the Asian Studies minor. At least one course should include an Asian country that is not the focus of language study. Three of the four electives must be at the 2000 level or above.

5-8 course units, including:

Required Courses


4 electives (from at least 2 disciplines) from the following:

  • A travel course, study abroad course, or any other relevant course approved by the program may be approved to meet an elective requirement. (For students whose language focus is not Chinese, one of the courses marked with a * may be chosen as an elective).

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