Course Sequence - Minor in Asian Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a minor in Asian Studies. Chinese languages, with more than 1.3 billion speakers, represent the world’s largest linguistic community, while Japanese is the language of one of the world’s largest economies. Besides Chinese and Japanese language courses at all levels, the program features courses in Asian culture, literature, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, politics and development. It is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of Asia’s multi-faceted role in the contemporary world and of its historical and cultural transformations.

This program offers the possibility of taking summer courses in China and Japan. 

The wide range of skills and knowledge students acquire not only gives them important academic assets, but also prepares them for interesting careers in both the public and private sectors.



  • Minor in Asian Studies

Language of instruction

The language courses are taught in Chinese or in Japanese. Other courses are offered in either English or French.


Opportunities include a career in:

  • Diplomatic service
  • Foreign affairs
  • International business
  • Tourism
  • Cultural affairs

What can I do with my studies?

(  is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates with a minor in Asian studies.

A minor may be taken as the second program of an honours bachelor with major and minor, an honours bachelor with specialization and minor, or an honours bachelor’s (multidisciplinary) offered by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. It may also be taken as a first program in a three-year General Bachelor of Arts with Minor.

Minor in Asian Studies - 30 CREDITS

6 language credits in one of the following languages :
CHN1901Cours élémentaire de chinois I / Introduction to Chinese I13
CHN1902Cours élémentaire de chinois II / Introduction to Chinese II13
JPN1901Cours élémentaire de japonais I / Introduction to Japanese I13
JPN1902Cours élémentaire de japonais II / Introduction to Japanese II13
6 credits from the courses offered by the Faculty of Arts :
ASI3110Selected Topics in East Asian Culture3
ASI3111East Asian Cinemas3
CHN2101Modern Chinese Culture3
ENG2143Literature of Asia and the Asian Diaspora3
GEG4702Le développement des villes3
HIS2175Southeast Asian Civilizations to the 18th Century3
HIS2176Southeast Asian Civilizations from the 18th Century to the Present3
HIS2177History of East Asia from Antiquity to 16003
HIS2178History of East Asia from 1600 to the Present3
HIS3175A History of the Vietnam Wars3
HIS3180Selected Topics in Asian History3
HIS4184Seminar in Asian history3
JPN2101Modern Japanese Culture3
JPN3102Special Topics in East Asian Culture3
PHI2389Asian Philosophy3
SRS3318Religions in China and Japan3
6 credits from the courses offered by the Faculty of Arts :
ANT3343Anthropology of Asia3
DVM4125International Development Issues in Asia3
POL3114Comparative Politics: Asia3
SCS3170Selected Topics in Asian Studies: Socio-Political Issues3
12 optional credits from courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences 2


1 Students whose level of proficiency in either Chinese or Japanese is higher than beginner’s level, as established by a placement test, either take 6 credits at the intermediate or advanced level or six credits in the second language.2 A maximum of 9 credits in a given discipline

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