Honors Minor

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To be admitted to the honors minor, students should have completed at least two Asian Studies courses in different departments with a grade of B+ or above.

An honors minor in Asian Studies consists of a minimum of 5 credits, distributed as follows:

Geographic Breadth

There are two tracks within the minor:

  1. Comparative Asian cultures: The selection of courses and the honors preparation should offer a comparative perspective on the traditional or modern cultures of Asia. Individual programs should be worked out in close consultation with the Asian Studies coordinator. (Language study does not count toward this track.)
  2. Focus on a single country or region: All courses in the program should focus on the same region or country. One or 2 credits of language study may be included.

Disciplinary Breadth

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

Core Courses in the Cultural Traditions of Asia

Normally at least one of the five courses should be a core course.

Asian Language Study

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

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

Honors Preparation

One preparation, normally a two-credit seminar, will be submitted for external examination.

Senior Honors Study (SHS) for Minors

The student will fulfill the requirements set for honors minors by the department offering the honors preparation.

GPA Requirement

A student must have at least a B+ in all courses applied to the honors minor.