Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies minor can complement any of the undergraduate majors available at 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 faced by Asian nations and identities. They will also learn to appreciate and analyze complex cultural objects (text, art, symbols, ceremonies, etc.) and the traditions behind them. Through this 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. By concentrating on Asia in the context of multidisciplinary and inter-regional courses, students will have the opportunity to build a comparative understanding of Asia as a discrete, yet complex reality as a critical, dynamic global force.

Program Requirements

HUMN 217Reading Asian Cultures3
Departmental Courses
Select 15 credits of the following from at least 2 different departments:15
Cultures of South Asia
Asian Art
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Communist Revolution in China
Chinese Social History Through Literature
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
World Languages and Cultures
Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Spoken Chinese
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society 1
Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society
Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Business Chinese
Chinese Study Abroad 1
Study Abroad: China
Beginning Japanese I
Beginning Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Japanese Conversation and Culture
Kanji through Reading
Reading in Japanese
Japanese Study Abroad
Beginning Korean I
Beginning Korean II
Intermediate Korean I
Special Topics in Asian Culture
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

CHIN are courses with student work in Chinese. CHEN are courses with student work in English.