2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 21, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Asian Studies Minor

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Asian Studies Overview

Asian Studies is located in the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS) as an interdisciplinary program which explores the intersections of the social sciences, humanities and arts, in conjuction with Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). At Clark, students who major in Asian Studies develop their analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge concerning the history, politics, and culture of different Asian countries. Students are encouraged to develop linguistic proficiency in an Asian language, usually, but not limited to, Chinese or Japanese. Our core program faculty includes experts on China, Japan, mainland Southeast Asia, and the Asian-American experience. The program reflects both the geo-political importance of Asia and the increased interest in Asian and Asian-American identity issues.

For more information, please visit the Asian Studies Program 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 abroad one semester in Asia. 

Study Abroad

Asian Studies minors are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad for at least one semester in a Clark approved program in Asia.  Currently, these include, but are not limited to, the following 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 offices about the language prerequisites and availability of appropriate programs, in discussion with their advisor.

Asian Studies Faculty


Lex Jing Lu, Ph.D.
Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Joanne Qu, Ph.D.
Suzanne Scoggins, Ph.D., Director
Alice Valentine, M.A.


Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
C. Wesley DeMarco, Ph.D.
Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Tyran Grillo, Ph.D.
Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Nicolyn Woodcock, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Courses

Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years

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