Asian Studies at LSU is an interdisciplinary minor that draws upon the resources of a wide range of departments and provides a framework for a focused study of Asia.
The goal of the Asian Studies Minor is to provide a broad background in Asian culture, language, history, and politics. It will appeal to those students who recognize the unique importance of Asia in both human history and in the flow of current events as well as the unparalleled opportunities emerging in this part of the world.
The countries and cultures of Asia present the student compellingly different models of social organization, historical development, and cultural commitments. A significant participant in the world community and home to over half of the world’s population, Asia is a region of particular importance to contemporary global society and responsible for much of the economic growth of the last few decades.
The Asian Studies Minor is intended to complement the student’s major discipline. It will allow the student to explore Asia from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and will help lay the foundation for pursuing opportunities to live and work in Asia; for obtaining employment with private firms, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions working closely with Asian countries; and for entering graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as other academic fields, including Law.
Within the Asian Studies minor it is possible to pursue four different tracks: Humanities, Social Sciences, Language, and Commerce. The Humanities and Social Sciences track offers a preparation in the history and culture of Asia. The Language track allows students to pursue a minor with special focus on Asian languages. Finally, the Commerce track is particularly designed to prepare students who plan to work with China after graduation.
The Minor offers a rewarding educational experience with a diverse set of courses in Chinese language, arts, geography, history, politics and business. The program provides you with a working knowledge of Chinese cultural environments and business practices as it prepares you to become a future leader in U.S.-China economic exchanges. Graduation with the Minor is an important credential to help you build a productive career related to China and international endeavors.
Paula Arai, Director
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
101 Coates Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803