Director: Michael Wert, Ph.D.

Early Jesuit pioneers, like Francis Xavier and Mateo Ricci, were among the first Europeans to engage Asians in intellectual exchanges. Asian Studies at Marquette continues the long and rich tradition of Jesuit interest in Asia. The interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies introduces students to the culture, history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology, sociology, philosophies and religions of Asia. This knowledge prepares students to meet the challenge of global careers that are increasingly focused on the developed and developing nations of this region.

Asian Studies Minor

The minor consists of 6 courses (18-20 credit hours): a required introductory History course (3 credit hours) and five courses (15-17 credit hours) to be chosen from the elective courses listed below.

Required Introductory Course:
HIST 1501East Asia3
Elective Courses: Choose five courses from the following.15-17
Intercultural Communication
Chinese Culture and Civilization
Elementary Chinese 1 1
Elementary Chinese 2 1
Intermediate Chinese 1 1
Intermediate Chinese 2 1
Chinese Literature in English Translation
Topics in Chinese Language, Literature and Civilization
The Vietnam War Era
Modern Japan
Age of the Samurai
Modern China
Topics in History (depending on content and director's approval) 2
Readings in History (depending on content and director's approval) 2
Undergraduate Seminar in History (depending on content and director's approval) 2
Asian Philosophy
Chinese Politics
International Politics of Asia
Survey of World Religions
Islam: Faith and Practice
Hinduism, Yoga, and Buddhism
Total Credit Hours18-20


  • Any exceptions to the courses listed must have prior approval of the director of the Asian Studies minor to be counted toward the minor.