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The Minor

The interdisciplinary Minor in Asian Studies is designed to broaden and enrich the academic experience and complements majors in academic or professional fields. The minor program develops skills and concepts for appreciating the rich civilizations of Asia and for working professionally with Asian peoples. The minor is a valuable credential for graduate study and international careers.

Total credit hours: 24-30

  1. Core course: 1 required (3 credit hours)
    • AS 110: The Asian American Experience
    • AS 181: Asian Civilization I
    • AS 182: Asian Civilization II
    • AS 221: Survey of Asian Literature
    • AS 229: Contemporary Asian Societies
  2. Language proficiency: 4 courses (12-18 credit hours)
    • Students are required to take four semesters of an Asian language other than their native language or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency equivalent to two years of classroom language study at UB. Students who are able to demonstrate equivalent proficiency should discuss options with the Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies. Other courses can substituted.
  3. Advanced Courses: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
    • Three approved Asian courses at the 300 or 400-level. Two must be outside the student’s major department. One 300-400-level language course may be counted toward the Advanced Course requirement.
  4. With the exception of 300 and 400 level language courses, all courses applicable to the AS minor may also be used towards a minor in a different department.
  5. A minimum grade of 2.0 (C) must be achieved in each course in the Minor.

Note: Except for the language proficiency requirement, courses applied to another minor or a major may not be applied to this minor. With the exception of 300 and 400 level language courses, all courses applicable to the AS minor may also be used towards a minor in a different department

Have you taken many Asian Studies-related courses in addition to your language? Convert to an Asian Studies Major!