Asian Studies Minor

How did China become an economic powerhouse? How did Japan rise to technological prominence? What dynamics caused North Korea to become a nuclear threat? Asian countries possess unprecedented economic, technological, geopolitical, and military influence. This interdisciplinary minor assesses the region’s complex history and future, enhancing your studies for various careers in fields such as economics, law, political science, or international relations.

This immersive minor weaves together coursework that explores various aspects of the Asian experience. You can learn about the evolution of Asia from ancient times to the modern day, told through economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, and religion.

The experience transcends classroom work: Suffolk is also home to the world-class Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, which attracts distinguished intellectuals from around the world for lectures, film screenings, and discussions. The institute will play a dynamic part in your studies.

Global Perspective, Local Advantage

Boston is home to one of the fastest-growing Asian-American communities in the United States, and our campus is minutes from one of the country’s largest Chinatowns. Use the city as your extended classroom—engaging directly with its cultural groups on a volunteer, extracurricular, and academic basis. The Rosenberg Institute has affiliations with many of these urban groups, including:

  • The Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence
  • The Historical Society of New England
  • The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • The Primary Source educational and cultural nonprofit

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.