The interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies requires taking six courses (18 hours minimum) selected from a minimum of three different disciplines from a course repertoire of over 70 courses regularly offered at NAU. The student's program would be greatly strengthened by including the study of an Asian language, two courses of which may be counted towards the Asian studies minor. In addition to Asian Studies, NAU students may also minor in either Japanese language of Chinese language through the Department of Global Languages and Cultures.
NAU has exchange programs in Asia and the Middle East, through which students may earn credits. Contact the Center for International Education for more information. In order to begin your minor in Asian Studies you need to see one of the Asian Studies Faculty and take a look at the Asian Studies Courses that are available to you.
Students at NAU have been demonstrating a growing interest in Asian Studies for the past decade. To facilitate this need, the Asian Studies faculty has been working on developing a greater variety of curricular options. Starting from Fall 2013, NAU students may engage in the study of Asian & Middle Eastern subjects at one of five distinct levels:
Asian Studies Minor: 18 units
Students may minor in Asian Studies by taking 18 units (6 courses) from over 70 ASN courses offered by the ASN faculty members across NAU. The 6 courses must come from 3 distinct disciplines indicated by the prefixes of the courses (see the webpage of the Asian Studies Program for current course lists).
For info on the Asian Studies Minor contact Dr. Zsuzsanna Gulacsi (Riles 116, Zsuzsanna.Gulacsi@nau.edu).
Language Minor: 18 units
Students may minor in one of the Asian and Middle Eastern Languages offered by the Department of Global Languages & Cultures. These languages currently include Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic.
For info on the Japanese Language Minor contact Ms. Chie Okubo (Babbit Annex 225, Chie.Okubo@nau.edu).
For info on the Chinese Language Minor contact Dr. Xiaoyi Liu (Babbit Annex 224, Xiaoyi.Liu@nau.edu).
For info on the Arabic Language Minor contact Ms. Mounia Mnouer (Babbit Annex 201, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Asian Studies Double Minor: 30-36 units
Students may double minor in Asian Studies by minoring in one Language (see above) and in Asian Studies (see above). 12 units must be unique to each minor, according to NAU graduation rules, which means that 2 courses (6 units) can overlap between the minors.
Asian Studies Emphasis: 42 units
The newly approved Asian Studies Emphasis is part of a major in Comparative Cultural Studies (CCS) offered by the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. This emphasis requires 9 units of CCS and 33 units chosen from over 70 ASN courses offered by the ASN faculty members across NAU (see the webpage of the Asian Studies Program for current course lists).
ASN Emphasis & Language Minor: 57-60 units
To gain the most extensive concentration in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies offered currently at NAU, students may combine an Asian Studies Emphasis offered by the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies (see above) and a Language Minor in Japanese, Chinese, or Arabic offered by the Department of Global Languages & Cultures (see above). This track is highly recommended for any student aiming for a career related to Asia or the Middle East.