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Asian Studies (Minor)

About the Program

Asian Studies, an Interdisciplinary Minor, is intended to enhance and broaden the academic experience of students majoring in many academic or professional programs at Buffalo State. It provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and experience to appreciate the richness of Asian civilization, to relate professionally with Asians, and to deal competently with Asia-related concepts and issues. The Asian Studies Minor serves to prepare students for professions requiring a fundamental knowledge of Asian society or for future graduate work in Asian-related fields of study. The program allows students either to attain a broad overview of Asian civilization or to focus more specifically on a particular region or field of interest. Students should apply for the minor after completing any one of the required courses with a grade of C or better.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

C205 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours (18 credit hours total)

Language Requirement (6 cr)*
CHI 101 Beginning Chinese I
CHI 102 Beginning Chinese II

Required Course (6 cr)
Select two of the following:
GEG 360 Geography of Asia
FAR 375 Introduction to Asian Art
HIS 307 History of India
HIS 310 History of East Asia: The Traditional Era
HIS 320 Modern History of Japan and Korea
HIS 338 Modern History of China
HIS 460 Patterns of History in Southeast Asia

Interdisciplinary Electives (6 cr)**
Select two of the following:
NFS 108 Food Culture and Civilization in the Far East
SOC 208 Sociology of Contemporary China
HIS 210 Modern Asia
ANT 306 Peoples of Asia
PHI 324 Zen Buddhism
FAR 376 Indian Art
FAR 377 Art of China and Japan
GEG 461 Issues in Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development

*At least six credit hours of Asian language study other than Chinese (e.g., Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Hindi) completed elsewhere may be accepted to satisfy this requirement. Alternatively, at least six credit hours of service learning or other credit bearing programs of study in Asia may be accepted as a substitute for the language requirement.

**Students may take one lower division elective from the Interdisciplinary Electives category.

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