Jan 31, 2023  
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog

Asian Studies Minor


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The Asian Studies Minor offers students the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary program of study of an Asian region or a single country. The program emphasizes a social science approach to the study of Asian history, politics, society, and culture with options to include foreign language and study abroad components towards completion of the Minor. For the purposes of this minor, Asia is defined first and foremost as a geographic entity to include Western, Northern, Central, South and East Asian areas. Thus, for example, countries such as modern Turkey and areas such as the ‘Middle East’ can rightly be included in ‘Asia’ alongside areas more traditionally understood as part of Asia such as China and India.

Course Requirements (18 Credits)


If your primary major is in the College of Arts and Sciences, at least twelve (12) credit hours must be exclusive to the minor and not counted towards fulfilling major requirements. To count towards the minor, all courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Gateway Course (3 Credit Hours)


All Asian Studies Minor students must complete one of two required Gateway courses depending on their primary area of interest within Asia.

Asian Studies Area Courses (15 Credit Hours)


Asian Studies Minor students must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credit hours from the following list of approved Asian Studies Area Courses. A minimum of nine (9) of these credit hours must be taken at the upper-division (3000+) level. In addition to the approved courses on this list, topics courses, Honors courses, or other special course offerings may count towards fulfilling Asian Studies Area Course requirements based on the approval of the student’s designated minor advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to review the International Studies Newsletter each semester to see what Asian Studies Area courses are currently being offered.

Approved Asian Studies Area Courses


Optional Asian Study Abroad Component


Asian Studies Minor students are also strongly encouraged to participate in a relevant study abroad program in the region of Asia to supplement their coursework at UW. Accordingly, up to six (6) hours of relevant study abroad credit may be counted towards fulfillment of the Asian Studies Area Course requirement on the approval of the student’s designated minor advisor. Optional Asian Foreign Language Component Asian Studies Minor students are also strongly encouraged to learn an Asian foreign language as part of their progression towards completion of the Minor. Accordingly, up to eight (8) lower-division (1000-2000) credit hours of an Asian foreign language may be counted towards fulfillment of the Asian Studies Area Course requirement. ‘Asian’ languages at UW include Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. However, Asian Studies Minor, students need not necessarily be limited to the three languages currently taught at UW. On the approval of the student’s designated minor advisor these optional language credit hours may be fulfilled by other Asian language instruction at UW, other relevant in-country summer intensive programs, or languagefocused study abroad programs.

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