Supplementary Major

The supplementary major in Asian Studies emphasizes the study of Asia as an integral part of the world today. Students study both its 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.

Through the interdisciplinary nature of the major, classes draw from a broad range of topics so that students come away with a holistic and comprehensive study of Asia, including both humanistic and social scientific approaches to study of Asia.


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