Chinese & Asian Area Studies

Chinese & Asian Area Studies is a multi-disciplinary minor that aims to provide students with a complex and interrelated knowledge base from which to understand China as a historical and cultural entity. The minor incorporates the study of language, the humanities and the social sciences. Students are encouraged to incorporate study abroad in their program and can complete the minor with an independent research project.

The Chinese & Asian Area Studies Minor, drawing on the breadth and strengths of departments in the Liberal Arts, will guide students into the field systematically through course work and education abroad opportunities as well as co-curricular activities such as lectures, symposia, colloquia, film festivals, and other events that will help students understand the matrix of Chinese culture. Students will come to understand China in its geographic, topographical and climatological richness; its linguistic, demographic, social, and other cultural formations; and its national and regional, social and political developments. Each student will have an adviser who will help the student create a set of courses that provides system and structure to the student’s development.

Requirements for the Minor (21 semester hours)

Chinese Language*
CHI-200,201Chinese III, IV3–6
Gateway Course
CHI-310Chinese Culture and Civilization3
Area-specific Courses
Four or five courses from at least three disciplines and no more than two courses from any one discipline:
CHI-150Chinese Culture and Basic Language for Business 
CHI-300Advanced Chinese Reading and Composition 
CHI-307Images of Women in Chinese Film and Literature 
CHI-311Calligraphy as a Window to Chinese Language and Culture 
COM-352Chinese and American Intercultural Communication 
ECO-315Comparative Economic Systems 
HIS-280Vietnam in Peace & War 
HIS-285Traditional China and Japan 
HIS-286Modern East Asia 
HIS-287China in Revolution 
HIS-289Modern Japan 
HIS-339Women in East Asia, and Chinese Music Ensemble at Westminster 
PHL-207Asian Philosophy 
PHL-248Indian Philosophy 
PHL-268Japanese Philosophy 
PHL-318Asian Political Systems 
PHL-358Chinese Philosophy 
POL-218Asian Political Systems
POL-267Chinese Politics 
POL-366Communist Systems 
SOC-341Developing Societies 

*Students who place out of CHI-200 must take CHI-201 and one additional Chinese language course at the 300 or 400 level. Students who place out of CHI-200 and CHI-201 must complete one Chinese language course at the 300 or 400 level.

Study Abroad or domestic experience within a Chinese linguistic context or business environment—study, service-learning or internships—may meet some of the requirements upon consultation with the student’s advisor. Students must take at least one course in the Chinese Area Studies Minor upon completion of Study Abroad or a domestic experience as described above.

Independent Research and Study courses and Baccalaureate Honors courses may be substituted in consultation with the Area Studies Program director.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.