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Academics: Minors

Asian studies minor

The minor in Asian Studies consists of six courses, three required and three elective. The semester in China (STCH 203 and 204) may substitute for History 245 or 246 and Phil 225. Courses taken at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) may substitute for required and/or elective courses. No more than one interim course is allowed for the minor.

1. Three required courses as follows:

  • History 245 or 246 East Asia to 1800, East Asia since 1800
  • Philosophy 225 Chinese Thought & Culture
  • Religion 255 World Religions

2. Three elective courses from the following list:

  • Political Science 277 Asian Politics
  • Art 241 Asian art
  • Chinese 101-218 Chinese language courses
  • Japanese 101-218 Japanese language courses
  • History 235 India and its world
  • History 245 East Asia to 1800
  • History 246 East Asia since 1800
  • History 272 The Korean War
  • History 346 Modern China
  • History 371 Asia and the Pacific Since 1850
  • Religion 354 Hinduism
  • Religion 355 Buddhism
  • Interim courses In Asia or on Asian topics
  • STCH 210 Emerging China
  • JCMU courses (as approved by Asian Studies director or committee)

Additional courses, from departments other than those listed above, may be added to the Asian Studies minor after approval by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Asian Studies Minor.

Chinese language minor

Students may obtain a minor in the Chinese language by taking seven courses: Chinese 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, and either 311 or 312.

Chinese study group minor

Students may obtain a minor in Chinese studies by taking Chinese 101, 102, 201, 202, and three courses chosen from Art 241, History 245, 246, 346, 371, or Semester in China 210, Philosophy 225, Political Science 277, Religion 255 or 355, or any one interim course on China including a Calvin-approved interim trip to China.

Japanese language minor

Students may obtain a minor in the Japanese language by taking seven courses: Japanese 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, and either 311 or 312.

Japanese study group minor

Students may obtain a minor in Japanese studies by taking Japanese 101, 102, 201, 202, and any three of the following courses: Art 241, History 203, History 204, Political Science 205, or an interim trip to Japan.