Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Asian Studies, Minor (317)


Program Coordinator

James W. Barker, james.barker@wku.edu, (270) 745-3841

Program Requirements (21 hours)

The minor in Asian studies requires 21 semester hours. Students must pursue one of two tracks — either the track in Asian Religions and Cultures or the South and East Asian track.  

Asian Religions and Cultures Track

Religion
Select three of the following:9
Religions of Asia
Buddhism
Hinduism
Islam
Confucianism
Daoism
Religions of the Middle East
History and Politics
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Asian Civilization
Modern South Asia: from Empires to Nations
Traditional East Asia
Modern East Asia
History of the Middle East
Modern China
Modern Japan
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in East Asia
Electives
Select two of the following:6
Peoples and Cultures of Asia
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures
Study in Asian Religions and Cultures
Islamic Art and Architecture
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intensive Elementary Chinese I
Intensive Elementary Chinese II
Geography of the Middle East
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
The New Testament
The Old Testament/ Hebrew Scriptures
The Qur'an
Any course from a previous category
Total Hours21

Students must take courses from at least three different departments. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.  

East and South Asian Track 

Culture and History
Select four of the following: 112
Peoples and Cultures of Asia
Introduction to Asian Civilization
Modern South Asia: from Empires to Nations
Traditional East Asia
Modern East Asia
Modern China
Modern Japan
Religions of Asia
Buddhism
Hinduism
Islam
The Qur'an
Confucianism
Daoism
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures
Study in Asian Religions and Cultures
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intensive Elementary Chinese I
Intensive Elementary Chinese II
Geography of East Asia
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Government and Politics in East Asia
Introductory Pali I
Pali II
Total Hours21

Students must take courses from at least four different departments, and at least 12 hours must be at the 300-level or above.