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Asian Studies

Interdisciplinary Program

Students can minor (but not major) in Asian studies at Centre College. The interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies is a program designed to introduce students to the history, geography, economies, arts, religions, cultures, and languages of East, Southeast, and South Asia. The program also emphasizes introductory knowledge of Asian languages as a necessary means to understanding the region’s traditional and contemporary cultures. 

Minors in Asian Studies gain basic proficiencies in the traditions and languages of the region by acquiring fundamental historical, linguistic, and cultural knowledge, as well as learning to use research and analytical tools to challenge and to suggest new avenues for exploration. By enrolling in courses across the disciplines, minors in Asian Studies also learn to interpret and to appreciate cultural production in all its various forms, ranging from the political to the musical to the gastronomic. In this way, students emerge both with elementary proficiency in an Asian language(s) and the cultural knowledge and sensitivity to pursue future work and research opportunities in Asia.  

The minor requires a total of 26 credits (including language requirements); however, 11 credits of the minor can be fulfilled with general education requirements and language competency. All students take Chinese and/or Japanese for one year and are strongly encouraged to study abroad and to attend CentreTerms offered in Asia.


Kyle Anderson(chair), Dina Badie, Barbara Hall, Christian Haskett, Judith Jia, Peter Lavelle, Clarence Wyatt

Requirements for the Minor

Three core courses: ASN 210 , ASN 310, REL 130 Eastern Religious Traditions;
One history course: HIS 332 Modern China or 336 Japan and the World or 337 Modern Japan and China;
One government course: GOV 346 Polities of East Asia, or topics courses approved by the program committee;
Language: CHN 120 or JPN 120 or equivalent;
One elective chosen from: HIS 334/383 Vietnam, REL 336 Reading and Ritual in Hinduism, REL 430 Introduction to World Buddhism, or any course not utilized in the above categories, or other courses approved by the program committee.

1. Upon program committee approval, additional courses may be added to the list of courses fulfilling minor requirements.
2. Several courses listed above are not offered regularly or are offered only once every two or three years. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to consult with a program committee member early on to plan their preparation for the minor and to discuss course offering schedules.

Asian Studies Courses

ASN 210 Introduction to Asia
An introduction to the history, cultures, geography and politics of China, Japan, India and other Asian traditions.  

ASN 310 Asian Humanities
This course explores in greater depth the architectural, visual, linguistic, literary, musical, and cinematic arts of Asia. Concentration is placed on major East and South Asian traditions (China, Japan, India, Vietnam, and Thailand), while also spending time on other minor traditions and the works of the Asian diaspora (Burma, global Asia). Readings from a number of historical periods across an array of genres explore issues of race, gender, class, culture, religion, philosophy, and ethnicity.