If you are interested in the language, culture and arts of Asia, Truman’s interdisciplinary Asian studies minor pairs well with any major. Deepen your understanding of global and cultural engagement as you learn how their unique traditions have influenced the world.
Pursue Your Own Path
Depending on your particular area of interest, you can choose from three options:
- East Asian: This option focuses on China and Japan. You will choose to pursue intermediate proficiency in Japanese or Chinese, then take a wide variety of courses in literature, history, culture, religious studies (such as Taoism, Yoga, Buddhism, and Hinduism), gender studies and/or advanced language study.
- South or Pan-Asian: There is no language requirement for a South or Pan Asian emphasis, though you can choose to study an appropriate language that is offered. You can choose from courses in literature, art, history, culture, economics, civilization, and the historic and modern connections between the many Asian countries.
- Asian/Asian American: Your coursework in this emphasis encompasses the history, language, religions, literature, and geography of the many Asian nations and cultures. You may choose to focus your studies on the unique experience of Asian peoples in the United States. Because there is a wider variety of courses to choose from and no language requirement, this is the most flexible of the three Asian Studies Minor emphases.
Learn By Doing
Study abroad in China or Japan or engage with India, playing with henna, learning ragas, and sticking with English (one of the sub-continent’s many official languages). Explore the impact that Asian cultures have had on Americans, including the achievements of Americans with Asian ancestry. Or join up with some of the most open-minded and curious people you’ll ever meet in the Society for Sino-American Studies.
Discover New Connections
At Truman, we know that all fields of study are connected in complicated and fascinating ways. Asian Studies is one of several interdisciplinary studies programs available for you to explore the new possibilities that open up when two or more fields overlap. Our interdisciplinary studies major even allows you to custom-design your own field of study.
Asian Studies Minor Committee
- Chair: Sara Orel (Art Department)
- Hena Ahmad (English Department)
- Betsy Delmonico (English Department)
- Masahiro Hara (Classical & Modern Languages Department)
- Huping Ling (History Department)
- Julie Minn (Classical & Modern Languages Department)
- Lloyd Pflueger (Philosophy & Religion Department)
- Chen Xiaofen (Economics Department)