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Asian Studies: Bachelor of Arts Minor


If you are a student in programs such as History, Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Journalism, Sociology, Psychology, and Criminology, then a Minor in Asian Studies will be an ideal complement to your major field of study.

With a minor in Asian Studies you will be able to market yourself as a graduate who combines expertise in your chosen career field with a high level of understanding of Asian cultural norms, trends, and influences.

In the Asian Studies program you will benefit from our faculty's commitment to teaching excellence, and from the small class sizes at KPU. As an Asian Studies student you will begin your first year of studies with courses that broadly introduce the countries and cultures of East and South Asia, as well as building the skills that will allow you to succeed in more advanced courses. As you progress to more narrowly defined regional and thematic courses, you will examine in greater depth the societies, cultures, political systems, economies, and histories of the peoples and nations of South and East Asia, as well as their interactions with Canada and the rest of the world.

Courses in the Asian Studies program tend to be reading and writing intensive. Therefore, we recommend that you complete the English requirements for the BA degree within your first two years at KPU.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Asian Studies must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Asian Studies Minor

The following minor requirements are to be completed for the Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies Minor program.

There is no language requirement for the Asian Studies minor beyond the language requirement of the BA Framework.

Lower Level

Students are required to complete 12 credits of lower level Asian Studies approved core courses (as listed under the requirements for the Major in Asian Studies) with at least 6 of these credits at the 2000 level. Language courses cannot be applied to this requirement. Note that many 2000 level courses require specific course prerequisites at the 1000 level.

Upper Level

Students are required to take at least 15 credits of approved Asian Studies courses (as listed under the requirements for the Major in Asian Studies), with a minimum of 9 credits at the 3000 level and 6 credits at the 4000 level. Language courses cannot be applied to this requirement. Note that many 3000 and 4000 level courses require specific course prerequisites at the 1000 and 2000 levels.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Asian Studies.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts

Asian Studies

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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