Academics

Supplementary Major and Minor in Asian Studies

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Supplementary Major 

The supplementary major in Asian studies emphasizes the study of Asia as an integral part of the world today. Students study both Asia's history and current aspects of culture, society, politics, literature, language, religion, etc. Required courses emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective through cross-listed classes found throughout Notre Dame.

Requirements

Asia-related courses fulfilling each of the following: (Total of 24 credit hours*)

  • One history: one class in ancient, early, or modern history (3 credit hours)
  • One literature/culture (East Asian languages and cultures, English) (3 credit hours)
  • One humanities (theology, philosophy) OR an additional literature/culture (3 credit hours)
  • One social science (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology) (3 credit hours)
  • Three general electives (can include up to 6 credit hours of language) (9 credit hours)
  • One upper-level course taken during the senior year that culminates in a capstone essay (3 credit hours)

* Students are encouraged to study abroad in order to enrich their understanding of Asia with first-hand experience in an Asian country. Up to 12 credit hours from courses taken abroad at official Notre Dame study abroad programs can be counted toward the Asian studies supplementary major. Please see the study abroad page for more information


Minor 

The minor in Asian studies provides a well-rounded introduction to the world’s most populous continent. The minor is complementary to majors in anthropology, business, East Asian languages and cultures, history, political science, economics, or other arts and letters departments.

Requirements

Asia-related courses fulfilling each of the following: (Total of 15 credit hours*)

  • Four courses from at least three different disciplines (history, literature/culture, humanities, social sciences; may include up to one language course) (12 credit hours)
  • One upper-level course taken during the senior year that culminates in a capstone essay (3 credit hours)

* Students are encouraged to study abroad in order to enrich their understanding of Asia with first-hand experience in an Asian country. Up to 6 credit hours from courses taken abroad at official Notre Dame study abroad programs can be counted toward the Asian Studies supplementary major. Please see the study abroad page for more information.


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To discuss the Asian studies supplementary major or minor, please contact Patrick Deegan, Liu Institute associate director, at pdeegan1@nd.edu or x4409.