Minor in Asian Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Asian Studies

Upon completing the minor in Asian Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Define and apply appropriate disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary methodologies, vocabularies, concepts, and theories to respond critically to questions within the field of transnational Asian studies.
  2. Define and respond to research questions and scholarly debates within the field, including analyzing primary and secondary sources, draw conclusions from the analysis of these sources, and cite evidence in support of conclusions.

Requirements for the Minor in Asian Studies

Students pursuing the minor in Asian Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Asian Studies18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirement
ASIA 295INTRODUCTION TO TRANSNATIONAL ASIAN STUDIES3
Elective Requirements 1, 2
Select 5 courses from course offerings with predominantly Asian content (see course lists below)15
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course List to Satisfy Requirements

Elective Requirements 

Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours) from course offerings with predominantly Asian content, which can be found below. Of these 5 courses, up to 2 may be Asian language courses (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian), and at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) must be taken from different subject codes (i.e., HART, HIST, RELI, etc.). Course offerings may vary from year to year, and students are urged to consult with the undergraduate advisor or with the director at the beginning of each semester. Please note that not all courses listed below are offered every academic year.

Art History

HART 221INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE3
HART 319ARCHITECTURE, TRADE, AND POWER IN EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC EMPIRES3
HART 324PERSIANATE ARTS OF THE BOOK3
HART 385ARCHITECTURE AND LITERATURE IN ISLAMIC CULTURES3

Asian Studies1

ASIA 213TRANSNATIONAL ART AND CULTURE IN ASIA BEFORE THE TWENTIETH CENTURY3
ASIA 214ART & WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN CHINA, JAPAN AND KOREA3
ASIA 218 / HIST 218 / FILM 218HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTHEAST ASIA3
ASIA 219MODERN JAPAN3
ASIA 221 / RELI 221THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD3
ASIA 222 / ENGL 222THE WORLD AND SOUTH ASIA3
ASIA 223SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES3
ASIA 224A HISTORY OF THE SILK ROADS3
ASIA 231 / RELI 231AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL RELIGION3
ASIA 236BUDDHISM AND SCIENCE3
ASIA 242CHINA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1500-PRESENT: FROM THE CELESTIAL EMPIRE TO AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE3
ASIA 243PREMODERN CHINA: HISTORY OF AN OPEN EMPIRE TO 18003
ASIA 251 / POLI 250 / SWGS 250SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD3
ASIA 282TRANSNATIONAL ASIAN FOOD: DIVERSITY AND AUTHENTICITY3
ASIA 302ASIAN PHILOSOPHY IN CONTEXT3
ASIA 305ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH IN/OF HOUSTON ASIA3
ASIA 315 / RELI 315 / SWGS 315GENDER AND ISLAM3
ASIA 322 / RELI 322INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM: ARTS FOR LIFE3
ASIA 323 / HART 323 / MDEM 323BUDDHIST AND DAOIST ART AND RITUAL3
ASIA 328 / HIST 384 / SWGS 384MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD3
ASIA 330 / CHIN 330 / MDEM 370INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE POETRY3
ASIA 332 / CHIN 332MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE AND ITS MOVIE ADAPTATIONS3
ASIA 334 / CHIN 334TRADITIONAL CHINESE TALES AND SHORT STORIES3
ASIA 335 / CHIN 335 / MDEM 375INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS3
ASIA 336GENDER AND SOCIETY IN BUDDHISM3
ASIA 337SOUTH ASIAN RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPES3
ASIA 342EAST ASIAN ORTHODOXIES AND HERESIES: LAW AND SOCIETY IN TRADITIONAL CHINA, KOREA, AND VIETNAM3
ASIA 349 / POLI 349URBAN LAB ISTANBUL1
ASIA 353 / POLI 353EAST ASIAN DEMOCRACIES3
ASIA 356GENOMIC GOVERNANCE IN ASIA3
ASIA 357ALGORITHMIC CULTURES IN ASIA3
ASIA 358FILM AND SOCIETY IN SOUTH ASIA3
ASIA 371 / HART 371HOW TO READ CHINESE PAINTING3
ASIA 372 / HART 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND THE WORLD3
ASIA 377 / POLI 377CHINESE POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE3
ASIA 378 / MUSI 378CLASSICAL, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL ASIAN MUSIC3
ASIA 380 / HIST 380ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY3
ASIA 382RUTH BENEDICT AND JAPAN: THE TEXT THAT SHAPED POSTWAR JAPANESE CULTURE3
ASIA 383UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA3
ASIA 399 / MDEM 379 / SWGS 399WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE3
ASIA 401INDEPENDENT STUDY1-15
ASIA 402INDEPENDENT STUDY1-15
ASIA 422 / CHIN 422THE ORIGINAL BEAUTY OF CHINESE LITERATURE3
ASIA 488ASIA AND ENERGY3

Footnotes and Additional Information

English

ENGL 372ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 376SOUTHEAST ASIAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH3
ENGL 383GLOBAL FICTIONS3

History

HIST 112THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 212CONTEMPORARY CHINA3
HIST 213THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE AGE OF MUHAMMAD TO THE ARAB SPRING3
HIST 219GENGHIS KHAN AND THE EMPIRE OF THE MONGOLS3
HIST 236STATE, SOCIETY, AND THE ECONOMY IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 271HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA3
HIST 275MODERN MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 278MODERN ARAB HISTORY3
HIST 281 / MDEM 281GOLDEN AGE OF ISLAM3
HIST 309CHINESE INTELLECTUAL HISTORY3
HIST 320IMPERIAL GARDENS: A CULTURAL COMPARISON3
HIST 342MODERN CHINA3
HIST 378MODERN ARAB HISTORY3
HIST 408THE JAPANESE EMPIRE3
HIST 434MUSLIMS, AMERICA, AND ISLAMOPHOBIA3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 491COEXISTENCE AND SECTARIANISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 494RULING HINDUSTAN: THE TIMURID-MUGHAL KINGS OF INDIA3

Philosophy

PHIL 289HISTORY OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY3

Political Science

POLI 478US - CHINA: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION3

Religion

RELI 223QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY3
RELI 233 / TIBT 233INTRODUCTION TO TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
RELI 234 / TIBT 234INTERMEDIATE TIBETAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE3
RELI 332 / TIBT 332ADVANCED TIBETAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE3
RELI 333KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS3
RELI 356MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM3
RELI 378MIND AND ART, FILM AND LITERATURE IN BUDDHISM3
RELI 442CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARABIC TEXTS3
RELI 470BUDDHIST WISDOM TEXTS3

Policies for the Minor in Asian Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Asian Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Asian Studies should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution credit eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution credit eligibility is routinely reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-credit-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution-credit-eligible at the time of course registration. 

Distribution courses from Asian Studies (ASIA) develop students' critical and aesthetic understanding of texts and the arts. They lead students to the analytical examination of ideas and values and introduce students to the variety of approaches and methods with which different disciplines approach intellectual problems. Additionally, they engage students with words of culture that have intellectual importance by virtue of the ideas they express, their historical influence, their mode of expression, or their critical engagement with established cultural assumptions and traditions.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Asian Studies website: https://asianstudies.rice.edu

Opportunities for the Minor in Asian Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Asian Studies website: https://asianstudies.rice.edu

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.