College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Asian Studies


The Asian Studies minor facilitates and promotes global citizenship and prepares Butler students to encounter a world that is increasingly shaped by Asia. An Asian Studies minor will appeal to students who are interested in Asian history, politics, culture, or society. As a multidisciplinary minor, courses will introduce students to different theories and methodologies that can be used to better understand Asia and its many regions including Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the larger Asian diaspora. Students will have the opportunity to take courses that cover large regions in Asia and courses that focus on specific Asian countries and cultures. 

While this minor is grounded in the humanities and social sciences, it is meant to engage students from across the University. Students may earn credits towards the minor both in the classroom and by studying abroad, particularly through the University’s Butler in Asia program.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • AN328, Japanese Popular Culture
  • HST214, Major Themes in Asian History
  • RL377, Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Hinduism
  • PO326, Chinese Foreign Policy
  • CN101, Beginning Chinese

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

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We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

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