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Minors

The Asian Studies Department offers these minors:


Minor in East Asian Studies

Admission to the minor must be declared no later than the second semester of the junior year; after the start of the seventh semester will be by petition only. Students should prepare a coherent research statement to attach to the application.

A minor in East Asian Studies may be achieved by meeting these requirements:

  1. Complete 18 credits of course work, typically five courses. One of the East Asian Intro courses (ASIAN 2211, ASIAN 2212 or ASIAN 2218) is required.
  2. Students normally take courses in East Asian Studies (China, Japan, Korea) from those listed under Asian Studies or its cross-listings. East Asian-related courses taught outside this department with relevant East Asian content may also count, pending approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Non-language courses must be selected at the 2200-level or above.
  3. The following courses may also count toward the minor:two courses in an East Asian language at the 1100-level or above and East Asian graduate courses. Language study is strongly encouraged.
  4. Up to 8 credits may be awarded for approved courses taken through Cornell Abroad in East Asia, in consultation with the DUS. Such courses may include summer study.
  5. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.
  6. An exit statement must be submitted to the advisor and the DUS indicating what core intellectual interests were served in work done for the minor and how those reflect a coherent learning agenda.

Those enrolled in the East Asian Studies minor are considered members of the East Asia Program and are encouraged to participate in all program activities.

To apply:

  • Obtain an "East Asian Studies Minor Application" here, or from the Asian Studies Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.
  • Based on your interests, select and obtain the agreement of a faculty member who is willing to serve as the minor advisor. Have your intended advisor sign the minor application form.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Jane Marie Law, 343 Rockefeller Hall, Email jml16@cornell.edu. Bring the completed form to the appointment along with a copy of your current Cornell transcript. The informal transcript you regularly receive is acceptable.
  • Return the approved form to the Department of Asian Studies Main Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.

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Minor in South Asian Studies

Admission to the minor must be declared no later than the second semester of the junior year; after the start of the seventh semester will be by petition only. Students should prepare a coherent research statement to attach to the application.

A minor in South Asian Studies may be achieved by meeting these requirements:

  1. Complete 18 credits of course work, typically five courses. ASIAN 2215 "Introduction to South Asia" is required.
  2. Students normally take courses in South Asian Studies from those listed under Asian Studies or its cross-listings. South Asian-related courses taught outside this department with relevant South Asian content may also count, pending approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Non-language courses must be selected at the 2200-level or above.
  3. The following courses may also count toward the minor:two courses in a South Asian language at the 1100-level or above and South Asian graduate courses. Language study is strongly encouraged.
  4. Up to 8 credits may be awarded for approved courses taken through Cornell Abroad in South Asia, in consultation with the DUS. Such courses may include summer study.
  5. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.
  6. An exit statement must be submitted to the advisor and the DUS indicating what core intellectual interests were served in work done for the minor and how those reflect a coherent learning agenda.

Those enrolled in the South Asian Studies Minor are considered members of the South Asia Program and are encouraged to participate in all program activities.

To apply:

  • Obtain a "South Asian Studies Minor Application" here, or from the Asian Studies Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.
  • Based on your interests, select and obtain the agreement of a faculty member who is willing to serve as the minor advisor. Have your intended advisor sign the minor application form.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Jane Marie Law, 343 Rockefeller Hall, Email jml16@cornell.edu. Bring the completed form to the appointment along with a copy of your current Cornell transcript. The informal transcript you regularly receive is acceptable.
  • Return the approved form to the Department of Asian Studies Main Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.

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Minor in Southeast Asian Studies

Admission to the minor must be declared no later than the second semester of the junior year; after the start of the seventh semester will be by petition only. Students should prepare a coherent research statement to attach to the application.

A minor in Southeast Asian Studies may be achieved by meeting these requirements:

  1. Complete 18 credits of course work, typically five courses. ASIAN 2208 "Introduction to Southeast Asia" is required. Of the remaining courses, one must be a history course.
  2. Students normally take courses in Southeast Asian Studies from those listed under Asian Studies or its cross-listings. Southeast Asian-related courses taught outside this department with relevant Southeast Asian content may also count, pending approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Non-language courses must be selected at the 2200-level or above.
  3. The following courses may also count toward the minor:two courses in a Southeast Asian language at the 1100-level or above and Southeast Asian graduate courses. Language study is strongly encouraged.
  4. Up to 8 credits may be awarded for approved courses taken through Cornell Abroad in Southeast Asia, in consultation with the DUS. Such courses may include summer study.
  5. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.
  6. An exit statement must be submitted to the advisor and the DUS indicating what core intellectual interests were served in work done for the minor and how those reflect a coherent learning agenda.

Those enrolled in the Southeast Asian Studies Minor are considered members of the Southeast Asia Program and are encouraged to participate in all program activities. Students are encouraged to commence work on a Southeast Asian language either at the 10-week intensive course offered by the Southeast Asia Studies Summer Institute or by studying for one semester at IKIP Malang, Indonesia; Khon Kaen University, Thailand; and Hanoi University, Vietnam; fellowships are available for undergraduates through the Cornell Abroad Program.

To apply:

  • Obtain a "Southeast Asian Studies Minor Application "here, or from the Asian Studies Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.
  • Based on your interests, select and obtain the agreement of a faculty member who is willing to serve as the minor advisor. Have your intended advisor sign the minor application form.
  • Make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Jane Marie Law,343 Rockefeller Hall, Email jml16@cornell.edu. Bring the completed form to the appointment along with a copy of your current Cornell transcript. The informal transcript you regularly receive is acceptable.
  • Return the approved form to the Asian Studies Department Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.

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