Minor in East Asian Studies

The Minor in East Asian Studies is comprised of courses in history, political science, economics, languages, media, cinema, and literature. The interdisciplinary Ivan Allen College East Asian Studies minor connects study of China, Japan, and Korea and of Southeast Asia. East Asia plays a significant role in world politics and the global economy, and study of the region should be an integral part of a contemporary education. Through interdisciplinary study of history, politics, economics, literature, media, and languages in the regions of East Asia, and to a lesser extent Southeast Asia, students engage in comparative study of societies and values. This minor (jointly administered by Modern Languages and Literature, Media, and Communication) is designed for undergraduates who will enter a wide range of careers (engineering, science, business, public service, law, teaching, research, etc.).

Program of Study

Required Courses
Select 12 credit hours from the approved list.12
Select at least one CHIN/JAPN/KOR course from the approved list. 3
Total Credit Hours15

Approved Courses

HTS 2061Traditional Asia3
HTS 2062Asia in the Modern World3
HTS 3061Modern China3
HTS 3062Modern Japan3
HTS 4061Seminar in Asian History4
INTA 2100Great Power Relations3
INTA 2230Govt & Politics of Asia3
INTA 3101Int'l Institutions (Asia) 13
INTA 3130Foreign Policy of China3
INTA 3131Pacific Security Issues 13
INTA 3230Gov't & Politics-China3
INTA 3231Gov't & Politics-Japan3
INTA 3330Political Economy-China3
INTA 3331Political Economy-Japan3
INTA 4050Int'l Affair&Tech Policy (Asia) 13
INTA 4101Vietnam War Politics3
INTA 4330Chinese Economic Reform (co-taught)3
INTA 4332Chinese Institutions (co-taught)3
INTA 4333Korean Security Policy3
INTA 4743Japan Society & Politics3
INTA 4500INTA Pro-Seminar3
LMC 3256Major Filmmakers 23
LMC 3257Global Cinema 23
CHIN 3004Advanced Chinese I3
CHIN 3021Chin Society & Culture I3
CHIN 3022Chin Society& Culture II3
CHIN 3691Chinese Current Events3
CHIN 3692Business Chinese3
CHIN 3696Eco Dev & Sustainability3
CHIN 4003Advanced Chinese II3
CHIN 4004Advanced Chinese III3
CHIN 4006Intercultural Communictn3
CHIN 4021Adv Lang Music & Culture3
CHIN 4022Kungfu Fiction/Pop Cul3
CHIN 4031Chin-Language Cinema3
CHIN 4500Intercultural Seminar3
JAPN 3691Tech & Scientific Japn3
JAPN 3692Business Japanese3
JAPN 3693Japan Today3
JAPN 4113Adv Reading & Listening3
JAPN 4123Tech&Bus Jpn Translation3
JAPN 4163Japn Literature Culture3
JAPN 4165Crit Rdgs Jpn Cult/Arts3
JAPN 4173Anime: Culture&Society3
JAPN 4183JAPN Cul/Soc Thru Songs3
JAPN 4500Intercultural Seminar3
JAPN 4743Japan Society & Politics3
JAPN 4750Japn Discourse & Grammar3
KOR 3693Exploring Modern Korea3
KOR 4001Contemporary Korean3
KOR 4002Select Rdngs Of Mod Kor3

Only Asia-focused versions of INTA 3101, INTA 3131, and INTA 4050 (i.e. sections taught in the INTA Southeast Asia Study Abroad Program) will count towards the East Asian Studies minor.


Only these versions of LMC 3256 and LMC 3257 (East Asian Auteurs and Chinese Martial Arts Cinema) can be presented for minor credit.

  •  The multidisciplinary East Asian Studies minor must consist of 15 credit hours of which at least 9 credit hours are upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above) from the approved list on the following page.
  • Courses must be taken from at least two schools in the Ivan Allen College. At least one course presented for the minor must be a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean course offered by the School of Modern Languages from the list provided below or approved by a co-coordinator. With the approval of a co-coordinator, a student may count one course taken outside Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts toward the minor; if approved by a co-coordinator, this course may be taken at another university.
  • A multidisciplinary or other minor may contain courses in a student’s major field of study. A maximum of 6 credit hours of such courses may be used to satisfy the course requirements for the minor, provided these courses are not also used to satisfy any course requirement in the student’s major degree program.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of Special Topics courses may be included in a minor program or the student may complete 3 redit hours of Special Topics and 3 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research. Students may not use 6 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research for a minor.
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  • All courses counting toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.
  • It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.