Minor in East Asian Studies

The minor in East Asian studies provides an opportunity for students to undertake a multidisciplinary study of the art, economy, history, language, philosophy, politics, religion, and culture of China, Japan and Korea.

The requirements listed below apply for students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. See the Undergraduate Bulletin at the time of enrollment for more information.

East Asian Studies Minor (21 hours)*

Required Courses: (6 Hours)

  • HIS 340 Modern East Asia -and
  • CHN 105 Introduction to Chinese Culture or/and JPN 105 Introduction to Japanese Culture

Electives: (15 Hrs)**

  • ART 121/ HON 161 Art Appreciation (Discover China)
  • ART 425 Arts of Africa and Asia
  • CHN 101/102/201/202 Chinese (3 Hrs of Chinese language at any level)
  • CHN 314 Chinese Culture Abroad
  • HIS 120 Exploring Chinese Cities: Heritage and Modern Life
  • HIS 472 Modern China
  • HIS 474 China in Revolution
  • HIS 475 Modern Japan
  • JPN 101/102/201/202/301/302/401/402 Japanese (3 Hrs of Japanese language at any level)
  • JPN 314 Japanese Culture Abroad
  • POL 454 Government and Politics of Asia
  • POL 459 Politics of China 

* Minimum 9 credits of upper level courses
** 12 Hrs required if a student takes both CHN 105 and JPN 105

Other courses may be substituted as approved by the East Asian Studies coordinator.

Statement on East Asian Studies at Murray State University

The minor in East Asian studies provides in-depth knowledge about the region’s past and present. Students will gain an understanding of the factors underlying Asia’s rising influence in the world and the possible consequences of this growing role. The minor helps prepare students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including art and design, business, education, finance, history, law, medicine, policy making and so on.

If you are interested in adding a East Asian Studies minor, or have questions, please email the minor coordinator, Dr. Selina Gao at jgao4@murraystate.edu.

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