Students who are contemplating graduate study in a particular area of the world or a career in international business or government—or those who are merely curious—are well served by the Minor in Asian Studies. It provides a well-rounded introduction to the world’s most populous continent. The Minor in Asian Studies is very appropriate accompaniment to majors in anthropology, East Asian languages and cultures, history, political science, economics, or other arts and letters departments. It is also suitable for students in the Mendoza College of Business.


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.