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Asian Religions and Cultures Track within the Asian Studies Minor

The minor in Asian Studies (reference number 317) requires 21 credit hours. Students must pursue only one of two tracks—either the track in Asian Religions and Cultures or the South and East Asian track.

Students in the Asian Religions and Cultures track must take courses in Religion (9 credit hours), History and Politics (6 credit hours), and Electives (9 credit hours). Students must take courses from at least three different departments. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.


I. Religion courses (Three courses; 9 credit hours)

RELS 103: Religions of Asia

RELS 302: Buddhist Religious Traditions

RELS 303: Hindu Religious Traditions

RELS 306: Islamic Religious Traditions

RELS 308: East Asian Religious Traditions

RELS 320: Religions of the Middle East

II. History and Politics (Two courses; 6 credit hours)

HIST 110: Introduction to Asian Civilization

HIST 370: Modern South Asia

HIST 460: Traditional East Asia

HIST 461: Modern East Asia

HIST 462: History of the Middle East

HIST 471: Modern China

HIST 472: Modern Japan

PS 365: Government and Politics of the Middle East

PS 366: Government and Politics in East Asia

III. Electives (Two courses from list or from courses in categories I-II; 6 credit hours)

ANTH 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia

ARBC/RELS 386 and 387: Arabic

ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures

ARC 498: Independent Study in Asian Religions and Cultures

ART 407: Islamic Art and Architecture

CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese

ENG 368: Japanese Film in Translation

GEOG 465: Geography of Asia

GEOG 467: Geography of the Middle East

JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese

PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be taken up to three times for credit)

RELS 100: New Testament

RELS 101: Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures

RELS 311: The Qur’an

RELS 390/391: Pali

SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan

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