Asian Studies Minor


Sixty percent of the world’s population lives in Asia, while millions more Asians live in other parts of the world. Asia is also home to the world’s oldest modern civilizations, as well as some of its richest cultures and most dynamic societies.

From our location in Seattle on the Pacific Rim, students and faculty at SPU learn about and encounter Asia, because this is central to our mission of understanding and engaging our multicultural and complex world.

Pursuing Asian Studies as a minor will deepen your understanding of, and commitment to, global and cultural engagement, reconciliation, and human flourishing. In this minor, your interdisciplinary coursework and diverse educational experiences will prepare you for service or further study in:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Development
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Many other fields 

If you are interested in the Asian Studies program, please contact Dr. Zhiguo Ye for more information

Asian Studies minor

View degree requirements for the Asian Studies minor

  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Core coursework is the study of history, languages, and cultures of Asia.
  • Electives include coursework from disciplines across the University, including art, business, economics, literature, music, political science, and others.
  • An engagement experience is required, such as study abroad, internship, or a senior project.

Entering the Asian Studies minor

You may enter the minor during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.