Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides students an opportunity to supplement their major with a structured and directed program of study in Asian histories, religions, cultures, politics and societies. It is designed to help the students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Asian countries and their peoples and to enhance the students' awareness of themselves and their role in an increasingly globalized world.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at


Option I

Four semesters in an Asian language and nine units from the upper division Asian studies courses from a minimum of two disciplines (listed below).

Option II

18 units including: six lower-division units from the following:6
ARTH 140The Buddhist Temple
ASIA 194Topics in Asian Studies
HIST 130East Asia in Transformation
PHIL 175Asian Philosophy
THRS 112Introduction to World Religions
and 12 upper-division units from a minimum of two academic disciplines:12
ARTH 360Asia Modern
ASIA 494Topics in Asian Studies
ECON 337Economic Development of Asia
HIST 364Topics in Asian History
HIST 365China: Rise to Global Power
HIST 366Japan: Samurai to Subaru
HIST 367Women's Lives in East Asia
HIST 372United States-East Asia Relations
MUSC 340Topics in World Music
MUSC 357Gamelan Ensemble
PHIL 476Studies in Asian Philosophy
POLS 358Politics in South Asia
POLS 367Politics in Japan
POLS 368Politics in China
THRS 312The Hindu Tradition
THRS 314Buddhist Thought and Culture
THRS 315Islamic Faith and Practice
THRS 316The Daoist Tradition
THRS 317Religions of China

Other courses related to Asia may also qualify for the minor, including those offered through the Study Abroad programs. Please see the director for approval.