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Minor in East Asian Studies

This minor directly supports RWU’s mission to “bridge the world” by fostering a student body comprised of global citizens who will explore the languages, cultures, histories, and socioeconomic conditions of China, Japan and Korea. With over five thousand years of civilization, more than a billion people, and globally significant economies, East Asia plays an essential role in the modern world. Balancing liberal arts and professional approach, the minor will introduce students to the region’s complex traditions, rich cultural resources, and historical contributions, while fostering intercultural relationships between the United States and East Asia.

Foundation requirement:

ASIA 100 Foundations of Asian Studies  

*Study Abroad courses may be approved for substitution of this requirement with the approval of the Asian Studies Minor Advisor.

Language requirements
Two semesters of an East Asian Language (Chinese [Mandarin], Japanese, or Korean).

Elective Requirements
** Students must meet all prerequisites for all of the courses listed below unless waived by the instructor.

Social Sciences/Professional (select one)

ANTH 356 World Cultures**  
ECON 330 Economics of Developing Countries**  
ECON 350 International Trade**  
HIST 281 Survey of East Asian History**  
HIST 317 Studies in Asian National History**  
HIST 381 Critical Periods and Topics in Asian History**  
POLSC 340 International Political Economy**  
POLSC 346 Foreign Policies of Russia and China**  
SOC 330 Globalization and Identity**  

Humanities/Arts (select one)

COMM 380 Visual Media in Cultural Context**  
ENG 320 Studies in Global Literatures (with special topics focus in Asia)**  
ENG 360 Studies in Ethnic American Literatures (with special topics focus in Asia)**  
MUSIC 312 Music of China and Japan  
PHIL 212 Eastern Philosophy*  
THEAT 333 Asian Drama and Dance**  


ASIA 450 Colloquium in Asian Studies