This minor provides an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective to expand knowledge about the development, functioning, and interaction of Asian people, values, regions, and cultures. It is flexible and can be tailored to each student's interests and learning goals. As part of the program, students study an Asian language (such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hindi, or another appropriate language) up to an intermediate level, gaining proficiency in both language and culture.

The minor consists of six courses: two Asian language courses at 103-level or higher, and four elective courses related to Asian regions. Students must take elective courses in at least two different disciplines offered by two different departments. Two of the electives must be taken at Catholic University.

Core Courses: Take Two

  • CHN 103 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I (4 credits)
  • CHN 104 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II (4 credits)
  • CHN 203 Advanced Composition and Conversation (3 credits)

Elective Courses: Take Four

  • CHN 205 Asian Philosophies and Religions (3 credits)
  • CHN 206 Chinese Film and Society (3 credits)
  • CHN 199 Chinese Discussion Sessions for CHN205 and CHN206 (1 credit)
  • DR 202 Theatre Topics: Asian Theatre (3 credits)
  • HIST 312 Medieval Japan (3 credits)
  • MKT 380 International Business & Marketing in Asia (3 credits)
  • POL 438 Asian Security (3 credits)
  • POL 454 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • POL 470 Korea in World Politics (3 credits)
  • TRS 290 World Religions (3 credits)
  • TRS 390 Taoism & Confucianism (3 credits)
  • TRS 391 Introduction to Buddhism (3 credits)
  • TRS 391A Chinese and Japanese Buddhism (3 credits)

Please check the courses page for approved electives. Contact Yung-Yung Chang, Director of Asian Studies, at for approval of other courses.