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Asian Studies

Asia is gaining increasing economic and strategic prominence in the world, and Asian countries have rich and fascinating cultures and heritages. Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the languages, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Asian countries. Students may also study abroad in Asia, pursue internships and apply for fellowships.


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Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Asian Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


728F Old Chemistry
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0377
Dr. Mikiko Hirayama
Phone: 513-556-0265

Career Possibilities

American businesses, governmental and nongovernmental organizations are deeply involved in Asia, yet there are not enough American professionals who are knowledgeable about the region. A minor or certificate in Asian studies makes students highly sought in an increasingly global marketplace. In addition to being well-prepared for graduate school, graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers such as:  


  • Teaching in an Asian country
  • Working with U.S. firms interested in Asia
  • Research and analysis

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Asian Studies Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Asian Studies Minor Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, One full Language sequence from group below, 10
    • XXXXxxxx, Two Humanities courses from group below, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Two Social Sciences courses from group below, 6
    • ARAB1001, Basic Literary Arabic I, DC, HU, 5
    • ARAB1002, Basic Literary Arabic II, DC, HU, 5
    • CHIN1001, Basic Chinese 1, DC, HU, 5
    • CHIN1002, Basic Chinese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN1001, Basic Japanese 1, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN1002, Basic Japanese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • AIST2081, Introduction to Chinese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST2082, Introduction to Japanese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST2083, Introduction to East Asian Films, DC, HU, 3
    • ARTH1040, Survey of East Asian art, DC, HP, 3
    • ARTH2070, Survey of Chinese Art, 3
    • ARTH2071, Survey of Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH3042, Early Modern Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH6050, History of Japanese Prints, 1670-1970 , 3
    • HIST2010, History of China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2011, History of Japan, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2012, History of South Asia, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3076, Imperial China, 3
    • HIST3086, Modern China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3092, Modern China in Hollywood, 3
    • HIST4027, U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations, 3
    • HIST4084, Modern Japan, 3
    • JAPN3051, Topics in Japanese Literature I, 3
    • JAPN3052, Topics in Japanese Literature II, 3
    • JAPN4005, Topics in Japanese Culture and Society, 3
    • MUHS6067, Topics in Ethnomusicology, 3
    • MUHS6082, World Music Lab: Indian Tabla, 0 - 1
    Social Sciences
    • AIST3083, The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration, 3
    • AIST3084, The Economies of Japan and Korea: Development, Institutions and Crisis, 3
    • AIST6065, Seminar in Southeast Asia, 3
    • GEOG2026, Geography of Asia, SS, 3
    • GEOG2036, Geography of Southern Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2037, Geography of China, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOL6021C, Himalayan Field Trip, 3
    • PLAN4090, Global Perspectives in Urban Planning, 3
    • PLAN6032, Sustainable Development: Global Responses, 3 - 4
    • POL2063, Politics of China, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2086, Economic Globalization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3083, China and the World, 3
    • POL3084, International Relations of East Asia, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL6064, South Asia and the world, 3 - 4
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6068, Nation, race, identity, 3 - 4
    • POL6083, China and America: Challenges and Opportunities, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • URBN3080, Film and the Global Village, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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