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Minor Requirements

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers two minors, the Advanced Asian Languages Minor (formerly the Asian Languages Minor) and the Asian Humanities Minor. The Advanced Asian Languages Minor emphasizes language study while also allowing students to learn more about the culture of their area of linguistic focus (Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean) by taking two humanities courses. The Asian Humanities Minor is designed for students who do not require additional language training but who wish to explore interdisciplinary perspectives in the Asian humanities. Both minors require the completion of 7 units. In some cases, courses taken abroad may also be counted towards the minors with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies and pending departmental review.

ADVANCED Asian Languages Minor (7 UNITS)

The Advanced Asian Languages Minor is designed for students who wish to gain a high level of proficiency in an Asian language. The requirements are as follows:

 Prerequisites: first and second year language courses in area of focus (or equivalent)
*Students may apply for but are not guaranteed credit toward the language requirement for courses taken abroad. Students who plan to study abroad are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before they leave Northwestern. For more information about the review process, please refer to the relevant section of the ALC website.

Asian Humanities Minor (7 units)

The Asian Humanities Minor is designed for students who do not require or are unable to pursue extensive language training, but who still wish to make a serious commitment to the study of Asian cultures. Students may choose, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, either a geographic area of focus (China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Comparative) or a thematic concentration (literary studies, film, media, etc.) to provide focus and depth to their course of study. The requirements are as follows:

Prerequisites: None
*Pending departmental review of relevant course materials and the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, up to 2 courses taken while studying abroad may be counted toward the minor. Students who plan to study abroad are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before leaving Northwestern. For more information about the review process, please refer to the relevant section of the ALC website. Back to top