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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: 30

  1. Core course: 1 required (3 credit hours)
    • 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. 100 and 200 level language courses may be shared with another degree program. Students who are able to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in an Asian language other than their native language may petition the Asian Studies Program Director of Undergraduate Studies to replace the required language study with upper-level electives, with the general principle that each year of language study will be replaced by two 3-hour courses in the upper-level elective category. At most two semesters of language study can be replaced by content courses.
  3. Advanced Courses: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
    • Three approved Asian Studies courses at the 300/400-level. For the three 300/400 level electives required for a minor, one course can be shared with another major or minor, and this course may be a 300/400-level language course unless it is used for a language minor. Two courses must be outside the students’ major department (for example, History majors must take two upper-level Asia-related electives offered outside the History Department to complete the Asian Studies minor).
  4. A minimum grade of 1.67 (C-) must be achieved in each course in the minor, with an overall minor GPA of 2.0 to graduate with the minor.

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