Asian Studies

Career Preparation

With its rich cultural past and its dynamic economic future, Asia remains a fascinating and important region of the world. Many predict that due to Asia’s increasing political, economic, and cultural influence across the globe, the twenty-first century will become known as the “Asian Century.” The interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies at Missouri State University is designed to assist students to meet the challenges and opportunities to be found in the rise of countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea on the global stage. Students who earn this minor will be better prepared for international careers in business, public service, education, government, the arts, and for graduate studies in political science, religious studies, and history. 

Academic Program

All students who wish to minor in Asian Studies are required to complete six hours of an Asian language.  Twelve additional hours must be selected from four emphasis areas, with no more than six hours taken from any one area.  Students may apply up to three hours credit from variable content/special courses to the minor.

For information on the Asian Studies faculty and Asian Studies initiatives on the Missouri State campus, click on or consult the Asian Studies program fact sheet.


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Areas of Study

The minor may be applied to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Education/ Elementary Education degrees.  The minor in Asian Studies includes six hours in an Asian language, plus 12 hours of additional course work or a total of at least 18 hours, with a minimum GPA of 2.50 in courses counted toward the minor. 


Chinese:    CHI 101, 102, 201, 202
Japanese: JPN 101, 102, 201, 202

1. Historical Studies

HST 380: East Asian Civilization I

HST 381: East Asian Civilization II

HST 571: China in the Twentieth Century

2. Religious Studies

REL 355: Buddhism

REL 357 Religions of China and Japan

REL 360: Hinduism

3. Cultural Studies

ART 274: Survey of Asian Art

ART 374: Art of India

ENG 362: Non-European World Literature*

LLT 215: Asian Cultural Studies

PHI 314: Asian Philosophy

4. Contemporary Studies

ECO 345: Asian Economics

GRY 305: Selected World Regions*

PLS 545: Asian Politics

 *when applicable

Administration of the Program

Courses must be approved by the faculty of the Asian Studies Committee for inclusion in the minor. The Associate Dean of CHPA must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete an Asian Studies Minor.