Minor Requirements

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers two minors. The Minor in Asian Languages allows students to combine a focus on language study with the study of Asian Literatures and cultures. The Minor in Asian Humanities will allow students to study diverse Asian Cultural heritages from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will choose a concentration to provide focus and depth to their course of study.

Both minors require completion of 8 courses. Most courses will be chosen from within the department, but students will also take courses with an Asian focus from other departments and programs, such as Art History, Comparative Literary Studies, History, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Radio/Television/Film, and Theatre. With department permission, courses taken abroad may also be counted towards the minors.

Once department offerings are more robust, some requirements may become more stringent: for example, 1 course at the 200 level and 2 courses at the 300 level, at least one of which must use materials in the original language.

Asian Languages Minor

The Asian Languages Minor is designed to recognize a serious commitment to the study of Asian languages and allow students who wish to augment their major program to gain mastery of an Asian language. The learning goals for the Asian Languages Minor are:

  1. Advanced skills in speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing an Asian Language through the upper division language courses.
  2. Essential introduction to the diverse cultural heritages of Asia through literature and culture courses.
Asian Languages Minor Course Requirements (8 units)

Prerequisite: 121-3 or 125-3 or equivalent proficiency (equivalent to two years of language study)

  • 5 Language courses in the student’s concentration
    • 3 at the 200 (third year) level
    • 2 at the 300 (fourth year) level
    • Students may apply for (but are not guaranteed) language credit towards the major for courses taken while studying abroad.
  • 3 courses in Asian Humanities
    • 2 courses within the linguistic area of the minor’s concentration within the department.
    • 1 course from a related Asian Studies discipline.
    • Courses must be chosen in consultation with the department adviser and/or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
    • With the department’s permission, up to 2 courses taken while studying abroad may be counted toward this requirement.
    • Minors returning from a study abroad program in their junior year must complete in at least 1 300-level literature or culture course in the department.

Asian Humanities Minor

The Asian Humanities Minor is designed to recognize a serious commitment to the study of Asian cultures from the perspective of literature and cultural traditions within an interdisciplinary framework. The learning goals for the Asian Humanities Minor are:

  1. Solid foundation in the diverse cultural heritages of Asia through courses in cultural studies and traditions.
  2. Familiarity with and expertise in a concentration that combines Asian literatures, history, and cultures with a theme developed in consultation with the student’s adviser through upper division courses. Students may fulfill upper division requirements from a wide variety of offerings in all aspects and historical periods of Asian Humanities offered through ALC and other departments.

Each student will choose a concentration that will deepen his/her understanding and grasp of the complex world of Asian cultures from the viewpoint/disciplinary angle that most fits his/her interests and academic background.

Asian Humanities Minor Course Requirements (8 units)

No language requirement

  • 6 department courses; courses must do justice to Asia’s complex historical and cultural traditions.
  • 2 courses from outside the department on topics related to Asia. Courses will be typically chosen from humanities departments or programs.
  • 5 courses must be related to the student’s concentration to ensure depth and cohesion to the student’s learning goals for the minor.
  • Courses must be selected in consultation with the department adviser and/or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • With the department’s permission, up to 2 courses taken while studying abroad may be counted toward the minor.
  • Students returning from a study abroad must complete in at least one 300-level literature or culture course in the department.