Asian Studies

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 113

Suggested Course of Study

The Asian Studies minor requires 21 credits and has two tracks, General Asian Studies track and a Japanese Studies track. Both tracks require one year of Asian language study that is not included as part of the 21 credits, required GPA for graduation 2.25 in the minor.

General Asian Studies Track
For entry into program, one year of any Asian language courses with a C average or equivalent proficiency.
1. Humanities (Pick 2 courses from the following)

ENGLISH 258, Asian Literature 
HISTRY 130, East Asian Tradition 
HISTRY 131, East Asia since 1800 
RELIGST 211  East Asian Religion  

2. Social Science (Pick 2 courses from the following)

ECON 351, ECON 351/551 Economies of Asia 
GEOGRPY 364, Geography of East Asia 
GEOGRPY 361, Geography of South and Southeast Asia 
POLSCI 460, Government and Politics of Asia 
SOCIOLGY 290, Sociology of Pacific Asia   

3. Capstone (3 units)

ASIANSTD 498 OR ASANSTD 491 (Independent Study/Travel Study) 

4. Elective Courses (9 units) Any Courses Not Taken In 1 OR 2 OR 3

RELIGST 303, Eastern Religious Thought 
SOCIOLGY 285, Asian Americans 
SOCIOLOGY 350, Contemporary Japanese Society 
POLISCI 472, Government and Politics of China 
HISTRY 385, Modern China 
ASIANSTD 491, 492 or ASIANSTD 496   Travel Study (to Asia), Field Studies. Study Abroad 
Asian Language Courses Beyond First Year.

Japan Studies Track Required for entry:

Japanese 101 and 102 (Beginning 1 and 2) or equivalent

1. Core, Japanese Language (14 units) 

FORNLANG 103  Beginning Japanese 3 
FORNLANG 201  Intermediate Japanese 1 
FORNLANG 202  Intermediate Japanese 2 
FORNLANG 203  Intermediate Japanese 3  

2. Capstone (1 unit)   

FORNLANG 498   Independent study paper 

3. History and Culture Courses (6 units) from the following:

ENGLISH 258, Asian Literature 
HISTRY 386,  Modern Japan 
ANTHRO/SOCIOLGY 350, Contemporary Japanese Society 
ASIANST 491  Travel Study (must include travel in Japan)
Courses taken on Japan in a Study Abroad program can also count in the program as electives.


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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550

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