2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies Minor

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Asian Studies Overview

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that straddles the social sciences, humanities, arts, and business. At Clark, students who major in Asian Studies develop not only their analytical skills; they also gain in-depth knowledge concerning the history, politics, and culture of different Asian countries. Students are required to develop linguistic proficiency in an Asian language, usually either Chinese or Japanese. Our core program faculty includes experts on China, Japan, mainland Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The program reflects the growing importance of Asia, rising public interest in Asia, and the undeniably central role of Asia in the world economy and in world affairs today.

For more information, please visit the Asian Studies Department’s website.

Minor Requirements

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that can be taken as a complement to any major. The minor requires six Asian studies courses. Of these six courses, three may be selected from language courses; the other three must be selected from non-language courses. The minor further requires that two of the non-language courses must be 200-level courses and one course must include a significant research component. Students minoring in Asian Studies are encouraged, though not required, to take at least one year of Chinese or Japanese language, and to study one year abroad in Asia. 

Study Abroad

Asian Studies minors are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad in any of the following four programs:

  • Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka, Japan,
  • CET Language Program in Beijing, China,
  • CET Internship Program in Shanghai, China, or
  • CET in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Interested students should inquire with the Study Abroad and Study Away Programs office about the language prerequisites and availability of each program.

Asian Studies Faculty


Ken MacLean, Ph.D., Director
Joanne Qu, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Alice Valentine, M.A.


Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
William Fisher, Ph.D.
SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D.
Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Thomas Massey, Ph.D.
Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.

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