May 19, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies, Minor

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Asian Studies are expected to:

  • Know the developments in the arts, history, culture, economics, politics, and societies of selected countries in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; recognize the diversity of Asia; and identify basic practices and theories of major Asian beliefs and institutions;
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of a chosen Asian country or region;
  • Develop knowledge of the historical, present, and evolving relationship of the United States with other Asian countries of the Pacific Rim. Cultivate a sensitive cultural and historical understanding of US-Asian relations;
  • Choose at least one discipline (language and literature, history, political science, geography, philosophy, anthropology, education, music) and gain an ability to use its methodology in identifying, analyzing, and explaining issues of Asian region;
  • Demonstrate college-level competence in an Asian language (including speaking, reading, and writing).

Asian Studies minor aims to familiarize students with Asia and to acquire cultural skills relevant for students’ professional endeavors. Students will also gain Asian languages skills and have an opportunity to study abroad in Japan, China, and Korea.

Students will complete 21 hours of course work. (6 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of Asian languages courses, and 9 hours of elective courses)

Minor Requirements

(21 Credits)


(6 Credit from the list below)

If a student enters BGSU with enough prior instruction in an Asian language to have the Arts and Sciences language requirement waived, then in order to complete the minor, the student will need to meet with the Asian Studies director in order to take the placement test and enroll in 6 hours of 3000-level language courses or 6 hours of beginning and/or intermediate courses in a different Asian language.


(9 Credits)

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