Advising Handbook for Asia-Pacific Studies

The Asia-Pacific Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program of study across the humanities and social sciences. It is intended for students who want to develop a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, politics, societies, and histories of Asia and the Pacific Rim, either for their future careers or for their personal interest. The minor will provide students with knowledge of global processes that connect people, places, and technologies within the Asia-Pacific region.

The Minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits (including 8 upper-division credits) from the following courses listed below. Although an Asian language is not required, it is highly encouraged; up to 8 course credits from Asian language classes at the 200-level or higher may be counted towards the Minor. Courses taken while studying abroad may only count for credit for the Minor only with approval of the Asian Studies Chair. Some required courses may not be offered every year, and they may be substituted with permission from the Chair. 

Please see list at bottom of page for approved 2019-2020 substitutions. 

Requirements for the Minor (20 credits)

Students must take at least 8 upper-division credits.

Students must take one introductory course (4 credits) from the following:

One Introductory Course (4 credits)
IS/HUM 222 Introduction to East Asian Studies 4
HIST 115 East Asian Civilization 4
ANTH 203 Contemporary Pacific Studies 4

Students must take one theories/methodologies intensive course (4 credits) from following:

One Theory/Method Course (4 credits)
HIST 415 Pan-Pacific Histories 4
POLS 345 International Political Economy 4
SOC 360 Critical Race Theory 4
SOC 305 Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai'i 4

Students must take an additional 12 credits worth of courses from the following (no more than 8 credits from Asian language classes at the 200-level or higher may be counted towards the Minor):

Elective Courses (12 credits, maximum of 8 from CHIN/JAPN language classes)
ANTH 204/205 and ANTH 304/305 Travel Course to Samoa 2 and 2
ANTH 203 Contemporary Pacific Studies 4
ARTHI 276 Art & Architecture of Asia 4
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese 4
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese 4
GSS/HUM 211 Travel in India (Prep Course) 2
GSS/HUM 310 Travel in India: Gender Society Service 2
IS/HUM 222 Introduction to Asian Studies 4
HIST 115 East Asian Civilization 4
HIST 216 History of Modern Japan 4
HIST 217 Making of Modern China 4
HIST/IS 318 Business of Capitalism in East Asia 4
HIST 319 Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire 4
HIST 355 Samurai in Japanese Film 4
HIST 415 Pan-Pacific Histories 4
HIST 455 Women and Sexuality in East Asian History 4
HUM 204 Chinese Cultural Study 4
HUM 213 Introduction to Japanese Literature 4
HUM 215 Modernity in Japanese Narrative 4
HUM 351/THEA 351 Traditional Theater of East Asia 4
JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese 4
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese 4
PHIL 305 Asian Philosophy 4
SOC 305 Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai'i 4

No more than 4 credits from the following courses may apply to the 12 elective credits required above:

No more than 4 credits from below may apply to 12 elective credits above
ENGL 324 PostCol Lit: Tales of Conquests Retold 4
HIST 333 History of the British Empire 4
IS/HUM 311 Global Skills I: Prepare 2
IS/HUM 312 Global Skills II: Engage 1
POLS 330 National Systems and Global Challenges 4
POLS 331 Modern Dictatorship 4
POLS 340 Security, Rights, and Globalization 4
SOC 360 Critical Race Theory 4

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TOTAL: 20 credits

Substitutions

Asia-Pacific Studies Minor Substitutes (see Chair to use these substitutes).

Introductory Course:

  • HIST 203 History of the Pacific World (Spring 2020)

Theories/Methodologies Intensive Course:

  • HIST 455 Women and Sexuality in East Asia (Spring 2019)

Elective Requirements:

  • HIST 203 History of the Pacific World (Spring 2020)
  • HIST 211 Japan Past and Present in Film (Spring 2020)
  • HIST 355 Samurai in Japanese Film (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 355 Japanese Pop Culture (Fall 2019)
  • HIST 400 Medieval Women (Spring 2020)
  • HIST 455 Women and Sexuality in East Asia (Spring 2019)