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The Asian Studies Department offers these minors:


Minor in East Asia Studies

A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University may Minor in East Asia Studies by completing 18 credits of course work in East Asia Studies.

Students normally take five (5) courses in East Asian Studies from those East Asian courses listed either under Asian Studies or Asian-related courses taught outside the Asian Studies department. Of these, non-language courses should be selected at the 2200-level or above. Two courses in an East Asian language at the 1100-level or above may be counted towards the minor. Language study is strongly encouraged. East Asian graduate courses may also be taken for the minor, as well as East Asia-related courses with a research paper on an East Asian topic. Appropriate courses taken through Cornell Abroad in East Asia may also be counted towards the minor. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.

Students minoring in East Asia Studies should select an advisor from the East Asia Program faculty for consultation on their course of study. Students enrolled in the East Asia minor are considered members of the East Asia Program and are encouraged to participate in all program activities.

To apply:

  • Obtain a "Minor in East Asia Studies" application 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 Asian Studies Department Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.

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Minor in South Asia Studies

A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University may achieve a Minor in South Asia Studies by completing at least 18 units of course work (typically five courses) in South Asia Studies. These courses are selected from South Asia courses listed under the Department of Asian Studies, or from Asia-related courses offered by other departments. Of these, non-language courses should be selected at the 2200-level or above. Two courses in a South Asian language at the 1100-level or above may be counted towards the minor. Language study is strongly encouraged. Appropriate South Asia graduate course work may be included in the minor with consent of the instructor and the advisor. One South Asia-related course with a research paper on a South Asia subject may be included with the consent of the advisor and the director of undergraduate studies. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.

Students minoring in South Asia Studies are considered members of the South Asia Program and will have an advisor from the program faculty. (This advisor will supervise a student's minor and does not substitute for a student's career advisor.)

To apply:

  • Obtain a "Minor in South Asia Studies" application 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 Asian Studies Department Office, 350 Rockefeller Hall.

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Minor in Southeast Asia Studies

A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University may take a Minor in Southeast Asia Studies by completing 18 units of course work, including a history course, and three courses or seminars at the intermediate or advanced level. Up to two Southeast Asian language courses at the 1100-level or above may also be included in the minor courses. A recommended plan would include ASIAN 2208 (Introduction to Southeast Asia) and 4 additional courses. A minimum grade of B must be received for all courses counted towards the minor. S/U courses are ineligible.

Students taking a Minor in Southeast Asia Studies are members of the Southeast Asia Program. and will have an advisor assigned from the Southeast Asia Program faculty. Such students are encouraged to commence work on a Southeast Asia 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 "Minor in Southeast Asia Studies" application 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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