Asian Studies Minor

The minor in Asian studies is designed for students majoring in another discipline yet interested in acquiring knowledge of Asian nations and culture.

Students minoring in Asian studies must compete 21 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course. No more than three courses (9 units) may be lower-division and at least four courses (12 units) from at least three disciplines must be selected from the list of upper-division courses. Students must select courses in at least three disciplines in consultation with the Asian studies program director.

There is no language requirement for the Asian studies minor, however, students are encouraged to begin the study of an Asian language. One 3-unit, 100-level language course may be applied toward lower-division course units.

Minor requirements 

View minor requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers & Internships

Careers for Asian Studies minors include those in international business, journalism, government service, education, law, and others.  As a first or second minor, Asian Studies can open up new possibilities by demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with the region’s peoples, languages, histories, and cultures.

Students planning to undertake an internship related to Asia may be eligible to receive course credit. Those interested should e-mail the Director, before commencing the internship.

For additional information, please visit the Towson University Career Center.

External Scholarships & Fellowships

There are a variety of scholarships available for students pursuing Asian Studies, especially for students undertaking a semester or year abroad or who are looking to study underrepresented Asian languages. It is vital that students plan ahead when going abroad since the deadlines for scholarships vary and may be due many months before actually intending to depart. The TU Study Abroad & Away Office  is a good place to start, with a list of some relevant scholarships that are specific to Asia listed below.

Why Choose a Minor?

Broaden Your Educational Experience

A minor course of study allows you to complement your major with a broader body of knowledge. You can pursue your personal passion and academic interests while still fulfilling the requirements of your major discipline. Enhance your resume and transcript and make yourself a more marketable job candidate by building your knowledge base and broadening your educational experience.

Contact Information

Program Director

Asian Studies
Erik Ropers, PhD
College of Liberal Arts,
Room 4241