Course Minors

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Students will be admitted to the minor after having completed at least two Asian Studies courses in different departments with grades of B or better. The Asian Studies minor in course consists of five courses, distributed as follows:

Geographic Breadth

Coursework must cover more than one region of Asia. This can be accomplished by taking at least two courses that are pan-Asian or comparative in scope or by taking at least one full course on a country that is not the principal focus of a student's program.

Disciplinary Breadth

Asia-related courses must be taken in at least two departments outside of the disciplinary major. Only one course may overlap the Asian Studies minor and the disciplinary major.

Core Courses in the Cultural Traditions of Asia

Students are required to include at least one course from the list of core courses.

Intermediate and Advanced Work

At least 2 credits of work must be completed at the intermediate or advanced level.

Asian Language Study

Asian-language study is not required, but courses in Asian languages may count toward the course minor. For languages offered at Swarthmore (Chinese and Japanese), courses above the first-year level may count toward the minor.

For Asian languages not offered at Swarthmore, courses at the entry level may count toward the minor if at least the equivalent of 1.5 credits is earned in an approved program.

GPA Requirement

A student must have at least a C average in the minor.