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Director: Y. Lau


The goals of the Asian Studies minor are to provide students with a coherent and integrated study of the peoples, cultures, and religions of Asia, some grounding in the economic and political structures of Asia, and an understanding of the issues and concerns that relate to Asian Americans and their communities. The program focuses on Asia, as a distinct area of the world, that shares, to some extent, a set of common historical, cultural, religious, linguistic and political heritages. The program affirms the solidarity and commonality of interests of Asian immigrants in the U.S. and of their Asian American descendants. Particularly, the program acknowledges that Asian emigration is diasporic, and that the Asian American experience should be integrated into a global and transnational context.

The Asian American population is one of the fastest growing minority populations in the U.S. and has been projected to be 20 million by the year 2020. Over the next three decades, the number of Asian Americans in the labor force will triple to ten million.

The inclusion of an Asian American component makes Loyola’s program unique in Chicago and the Midwest region. Beyond reflecting local population trends, this program recognizes the importance of Asian and Asian American experiences in relation to: community development, immigration patterns, inter-ethnic and interracial relations, economic linkages, global politics, world cultures and religions, and public policies. In doing so, the program encourages students to engage in critical thinking in area, ethnic and diasporic studies.


The minor consists of 18 semester hours including ASIA 101 and 395. Students receive core credit for ASIA 101 in the department of the instructor teaching the course.

Four other ASIA courses, at least two of which must be completed at the 300-level, are required to complete the minor. The six courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Courses must be taken in at least three academic departments. Eligible courses are listed below. There is no language requirement. Students may take courses in relevant languages to fulfill the program’s elective requirements.


101. Introduction to Asian and Asian American Studies.
Introduces the histories and cultures of the nations and peoples of East, Southeast, (continental and archipelagic) South, and Northeast Asia. History of social, political, and economic changes from 16th-20th centuries. Topics include popular and material culture (e.g., patterns of work, leisure and consumption, popular art) as well as language, art, and religion. Diversity of Asian American experiences with attention to the ways various Asian heritages and U.S. policies conditioned development of Asian American communities in our multicultural society is explored.

395. Directed Research in Asian and Asian American Studies.
Directed readings and research completes the minor. Students complete a research project integrating Asian or Asian American studies and their major fields.

292. Special Topics in Asian/Asian American Studies
This course allows faculty participating in the program to offer courses on special topics from various disciplines.

Following is a list of courses cross-listed with Asian and Asian American Studies and other departments and programs. For descriptions, see listings of originating departments (in parentheses).


219. Cultures of Southeast Asia. (ANTH 218) (RCS 218) (INTS 218)

271. World Cultures. (ANTH 271) (selected sections)

361. Contemporary Japanese Culture. (ANTH 215)


218. Intercultural Communication. (CMUN 218) (selected sections)


356. Art of China and Japan. (FNAR 356) (INTS 374)

357. Art of Indian Asia. (FNAR 357) (RCS 357) (INTS 396)


296. Women in East Asia. (HIST 296) (INTS 296) (WOST 296)

344. Early Modern China 1550-1800. (HIST 344) (INTS 371)

345. Reform and Revolution in China, 1800-1949. (HIST 345) (INTS 372)

346. China since 1949: The People’s Republic (HIST 346) (INTS 373)

347. Japan 1640-1945: From Isolation to Empire. (HIST 347) (INTS 347)

348. Japan since 1945: From Ashes to Economic Success. (HIST 348) (INTS 348)

389. Vietnam War. (HIST 389) (PAX 389)

391. Asian American History. (HIST 391)


C01. Chinese I. (CHIN 101)

C02. Chinese II. (CHIN 102)

C03. Chinese III. (CHIN 103)

C04. Chinese IV. (CHIN 104)

HU1. Hindi-Urdu I. (HNDI 101)

HU2. Hindi-Urdu II. (HNDI 102)

HU3. Hindi-Urdu III. (HNDI 103)

HU4. Hindi-Urdu IV. (HNDI 104)

J01. Japanese I. (JAPN 101)

J02. Japanese II. (JAPN 102)

J03. Japanese III. (JAPN 103)

J04. Japanese 104. (JAPN 104)

287. Asian Literature. (LITR 287) (selected sections)


335. Asian Philosophy. (PHIL 335) (RCS 335) (INTS 334)


342. East Asian Politics. (PLSC 346) (INTS 346)

343. South and Southeast Asian Politics. (PLSC 345) (INTS 345)


122. Race and Ethnic Relations. (SOCL 122) (BWS 122) (PAX 122)

250. Inequality in Society. (SOCL 250) (BWS 250) (PAX 250)

280. Asian American Experience. (SOCL 280 variable topic)


303. World Religions. (THEO 177) (INTS 277) (RCS 277)

195. Introduction to Islam. (THEO 195) (INTS 295) (RCS 295)

196. Introduction to Hinduism. (THEO 196) (INTS 294) (RCS 296)

197. Introduction to Buddhism. (THEO 197) (INTS 297) (RCS 297)

350. Topics in Islam. (THEO 350) (INTS 387) (RCS 350)

351. Topics in Hinduism. (THEO 351) (INTS 388) (RCS 351)

352. Topics in Buddhism. (THEO 352) (INTS 352) (RCS 352)

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