About This Degree

A Minor in East Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to complement their academic Major with an interdisciplinary exploration of one of the world’s most important regions.  This program, which draws upon faculty and courses from many departments, is aimed at preparing students to better understand the history, languages, cultures, and political systems of China Japan, and Korea. It affords them the opportunity to study Asian art, Eastern philosophies and religions, international relations, and the languages of Eastern and Central Asia, among other subjects. The latter component is designed to introduce students to one of the languages of East Asia, as well as the cultures and social customs of that region. Japanese and Mandarin Chinese are the only East Asian languages currently offered at NJCU. Other languages spoken in the region, such as Korean and Cantonese, may also be accepted to satisfy this requirement. Depending on their proficiency level, students may be exempted from taking one or both courses in the area of language. Proficiency can be demonstrated through language tests that would result in six or more course credits from NJCU, such as the CLEP or the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview).