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Minor in East Asian Studies


  • Complete 9 hours related to one cultural group and 6 hours related to a second cultural group. For example, a student can complete 9 hours related to Chinese studies and 6 hours related to Japanese studies. The cultural group options are Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • At least 6 credits must be numbered 2000 level or above.
  • Nine of the required credits must be completed at MU.
  • The elementary levels of language (Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean) may NOT be used to fulfill minor requirements.
  • Intermediate-level language courses may be used to meet minor requirements.
  • A minimum grade of C- is required for each course taken in the minor. A minimum cumulative GPA in all minor coursework is 2.0.

A minor consists of at least 15 credits, including at least 6 credits numbered 2000 or above, 9 of the required credits must be taken in MU course work. This requirement can be reduced from 9 to 6 at the discretion of an individual department. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements for a minor, which in no case can be lower than 2.0. In addition, a student cannot receive a grade lower than a C- in any course applied towards a minor in the College. For more information, please see Requirements for Optional Minor.

Course Options
Conversation & Composition Language Courses:
CHINSE 2100Everyday Spoken Chinese Level I3
CHINSE 2160Intermediate Chinese I Conversation and Composition3
CHINSE 3160Intermediate Chinese II Conversation and Composition3
CHINSE 3180Advanced Chinese I3
CHINSE 3190Advanced Chinese II3
CHINSE 3085Problems in Chinese1-3
JAPNSE 2160Japanese Conversation and Composition3
JAPNSE 3160Intermediate Japanese Composition and Conversation3
JAPNSE 3370Intermediate Readings in Japanese3
JAPNSE 3380Intermediate Japanese II3
JAPNSE 4160Advanced Japanese I3
JAPNSE 4180Advanced Japanese II3
KOREAN 2160Intermediate Korean Language I3
KOREAN 3160Intermediate Korean Language II3
Courses Taught in English:
CHINSE 2310Chinese Civilization I3
CHINSE 2330Chinese Language and Culture3
CHINSE 3300Chinese Traditions and Global Integration3
CHINSE 3310Chinese Poetry3
CHINSE 3320Modern and Contemporary Chinese Fiction (in translation)3
or CHINSE 3320W Modern and Contemporary Chinese Fiction (in translation) - Writing Intensive
CHINSE 3400Negotiating Chinese Culture3
or CHINSE 3400W Negotiating Chinese Culture - Writing Intensive
CHINSE 3880Contemporary Chinese Film3
GEOG 1200Regions and Nations of the World II3
GEOG 4770Migration and Immigration3
HIST 1830Survey of East Asian History3
HIST 1871History of China in Modern Times3
HIST 2820Taiwan: The First Chinese Democracy3
HIST 4800Modern China and Japan: War, Imperialism and Memory3
HIST 4870Southeast Asia Since the Eighteenth Century3
HIST 4880Chinese Migration: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority3
JAPNSE 2310Japanese Civilization I3
JAPNSE 3360Modern Japanese Literature (in Translation)3
JAPNSE 3850Traditional Japanese Theatre3
JAPNSE 3880Japan and its Cinema3
KOREAN 2310Korean Civilization I3
KOREAN 2320Korean Civilization II3
KOREAN 3800Korean Economic Development and US-Korean Free Trade Agreement3
KOREAN 3890Korean Society Through Cinema3
KOREAN 4220North Korean Politics3
KOREAN 4260The Korean Diaspora in the U.S., Japan and China3
PHIL 4800From Karma to Tao: Philosophies of Asia3
REL_ST 2110Global Religions3
REL_ST 2310Religions of China and Japan3
REL_ST 3200Hinduism3
REL_ST 3230Buddhism and Environmental Ethics3
REL_ST 3240Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia3
Topics courses with content related to East Asian Studies are often available in the following subject areas and can be used to fulfill minor requirements: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

For questions about the minor, please contact Professor Huichun Liang, Chinese program, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 210C Arts & Science Building, lianghui@missouri.edu. Minors may be declared online; information available here: https://advising.missouri.edu/majors-minors/minors-certificates/.