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Asia is home to nearly 60% of the world’s population and 12 of the 20 most heavily populated countries. Whether your interests lie in business, law, politics, diplomacy, medicine, NGOs, translating, teaching, or nearly any other field, understanding Asia is imperative.

Notre Dame’s Asian Studies programs allow students to learn about Asia through history, political science, sociology, economics, literature, language, religion, and other disciplines. Earning an Asian Studies supplementary major, minor or global affairs concentration equips you with the skills and knowledge to be competitive in an international environment and to respond to the needs of a global society. 

All students in the Asian Studies supplementary major and minor and the Global Asia concentration for the global affairs supplementary major have priority consideration for funding from the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

Supplementary Major in Asian Studies

The supplementary major in Asian Studies emphasizes the study of Asia as an integral part of the world today. Students study a wide array of approaches with regard to Asia, including its history, culture, society, politics, literature, language, religion. 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 project (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. 


Minor in Asian Studies

The minor in Asian Studies provides a well-rounded introduction to the world’s most populous region and its people, who identify as Asians wherever they may be in the world. 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 project (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. 


Global Affairs Supplementary Major with Global Asia Concentration

The Keough School’s global affairs supplementary major for undergraduates includes a concentration in Asian Studies called Global Asia. Five specialized courses focused on Asia with a global perspective have been developed for the concentration. 

 

Requirements

 

30 credits total:
5 core courses
5 concentration courses on Asia 
2 cultural competency requirements


Alexander Hsu
Alexander Hsu

Contact

Please contact Professor Alex Hsu, academic advisor, at ahsu@nd.edu or x7093 to discuss: 

  • Asian Studies supplementary major
  • Asian Studies minor
  • Global Asia concentration in the Keough School Global Affairs supplementary major