The Asian Studies minor offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the history, geography, religion, languages, philosophy, economics and societies of this vast, diverse continent. Students can choose from a wide range of courses dealing with the culture and history of India, China and Japan, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, environmental issues in Southeast Asia, contemporary politics in India/Pakistan, Asian film and literature, and Chinese geography. They can study Chinese through the intermediate level at Elon and can study other Asian languages through the consortium and study abroad. The university also offers a unique series of Winter Term, summer and semester abroad opportunities in India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Bhutan.
Courses must be chosen from at least two disciplines. Students are strongly encouraged to consider appropriate foreign language study and studying abroad in the region. Up to eight semester hours of language study can be counted toward the minor. With the approval of the program coordinator, up to 12 semester hours of study-abroad credit can be counted toward the minor.
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