Asian Studies Minor

Coordinator: Elizabeth Wishnick

The Asian Studies Minor is designed for undergraduates and can complement any of the undergraduate majors of Montclair State University. This minor offers students the opportunity to focus a segment of their university training on Asia and to engage in this dynamic global and interdisciplinary field of study. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the cultural, social, political, economic, and global components of issues related to Asian nations and identities; they will learn to appreciate and analyze complex cultural objects (text, art, symbols, ceremonies, etc), as well as the traditions behind them. Through such a course of study, students can better understand the complexity of Asian nations and cultures and the diversity of Asian political and economic systems, while gaining insights into global cultural movements of people and ideas and into the global challenges posed by a dynamically changing region. This minor helps students see, through the lens of literature, religion, philosophy, culture, and politics, how worlds of diverse and interconnected meanings are formed. And by concentrating on  Asia in the context  of  multidisciplinary and inter-regional  courses  students will have the opportunity for a more solid, in depth, comparative understanding of Asia as a discrete yet complex reality and as a critical, dynamic global force.

Complete 18 credits from the courses listed below.  Additional elective courses may be taken with the approval of the Asian Studies Minor Coordinator. Please contact the coordinator for further details. 

Program Requirements

GNHU 217Reading Asian Cultures3
Departmental Courses
Select 15 credits of the following from at least 2 different departments:15
Cultures of South Asia
Asian Art
Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Selected Topics in Chinese
Selected Topics in Chinese Culture
Study Abroad: China
Chinese Study Abroad
Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
Beginning Japanese I
Beginning Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Advanced Japanese I
Advanced Japanese II
Japanese Study Abroad
Asian Philosophy
Political Science
Government and Politics of China and Japan
Government and Politics of India and South Asia
International Relations in Asia
Asian Texts
Asian Religions
Additional courses may be used with the approval of the Program Director. Contact Program Director for details.
Total Credits18