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Asian Studies Minor

Asia today holds a critically important geopolitical position in the world. As partners in trade and security, the countries of East, Southeast, and South Asia are extremely significant, and the region’s diverse history, politics, religions, and cultures enrich studies in this area.

The Asian Studies minor complements any degree by adding area-studies expertise. It is interdisciplinary, drawing from majors across the university, and includes content courses in English on a range of Asian-studies topics. Students in this minor also gain instruction in one of our three Asian languages (Chinese, Korean or Japanese).

Why minor in Asian Studies?

Asia is the world’s most populous continent, and an important business and economic center. The Asian Studies minor develops knowledge on the region to complement any degree. It cultivates significant regional expertise and global competency that is of value to any employer working in international settings. Asian Studies minors also develop proficiency in one of the three Asian languages we offer (Chinese, Korean or Japanese), which the U.S. State Department has deemed critical to American national security and prosperity.


The Asian Studies minor curriculum includes language study in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. These credits may be used to complete an Intermediate Language Proficiency Certificate.*

Students must also choose from a variety of elective courses. Study abroad, Global Studies (GST) courses at the 200 and 300 levels, and special topics courses focused on Asia will also be considered for elective credit with permission from the department.

Sample Elective Courses Include

  • ENGL 325: South Asian Lit
  • ARTH 301: Asian Art and Culture
  • ARTH 302: Art of India
  • ARTH 303: Art of China
  • ARTH 304: Art of Japan
  • ANTH 363: Sacred Traditions of the East
  • HIST 261: Making of Modern South Asia
  • HIST 263: The World and China
  • HIST 264: East Asia in Modern Times
  • HIST 322: Empire and Environment
  • PHIL 102: Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
  • FMST 293: Japanese Cinema: Kurosawa

*Students who complete a minimum of 8 language credits, including Chinese, Korean, or Japanese 202, are eligible to receive an Intermediate Language Certificate.

Learn more about the Minor in Asian Studies in the Course Catalog


Interested in supplementing your degree with an Asian Studies Minor? Apply now, or visit our campus to learn more about life at Drexel University.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!