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Asian Studies Minor

Language, history, culture

The Asian Studies Minor equips students with linguistic and cultural knowledge that will give them a professional advantage in a world that is increasingly shaped by Asian nations like China, India, and Japan.  The diverse course offerings within the minor foster a deeper understanding of cultures that offer alternative answers to the great questions of the humanities and social sciences, including perspectives that are often overlooked in traditional Western curricula.  The study of the history, philosophies, religions, languages, cultures, and political systems of Asian nations also gives students new insights into Western culture and leads them to an appreciation of the complexities of the social and political challenges in the world today.

The Asian Studies Minor offers courses in East Asian, South Asian, and Central Asian studies, anchored by language instruction in Chinese and Japanese.  Sanskrit and Uyghur languages are occasionally taught as well.  The minor allows students the flexibility to explore the interaction of various disciplines through courses chosen from the departments of Religious Studies, History, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Sociology.  Students may concentrate on a particular area of Asia or focus on the interaction of multiple cultural spheres on the continent.

Providing opportunities to expand horizons

The most important foreign policy and economic relationships in the world today involve the United States, China & Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. No university in the U.S. can afford to ignore the political and cultural interactions that are taking place in East Asia. China alone represents a full 20 percent of the population of the planet.

The Asian Studies Minor is an integral part of the goal of Loyola University New Orleans to give students opportunities to deepen their interests and knowledge of Asian traditions, history, politics, religion, and literature. The minor is an interdisciplinary endeavor, involving students and faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. Course offerings have been organized into a coherent program that will cover a broad range of both historical and contemporary international issues. Loyola students will be given the opportunity to prepare themselves to participate in the study-abroad programs in China and Japan that are coordinated by the Center for International Education “to promote the internationalization of the university." The Asian Studies Minor also enhances the university’s efforts to seek students from throughout the region, the nation, and the world and to broaden student and faculty interest and understanding of broader global issues.


See an overview of the program's curriculum and requirements.