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Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies minor combines language study with interdisciplinary coursework. 21 credits are required for the minor.

Please Direct your questions about the minor and advising to Jeff Kyong-McClain, the director of the Idaho Asia Institute:


  • Three semesters of Asian Language study or one semester of Approved Study Abroad in Asia
  • Courses from the following list may be selected. No no more than 6 in the student’s major. At least 9 credits of upper-division coursework required. At least 9 of the 21 credits must be UI coursed taken in residence. Credits earned through study abroad may be applied toward completion of the minor requirements.
    • CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II (4 credits)
    • CHIN 310: Advanced Chinese 1: Oral (3 credits)
    • CHIN 312: Advanced Chinese 2: Reading and Translation (3 credits)
    • CHIN 314: Advanced Chinese 3: Writing & Grammar (3 credits)
    • FLEN 325: Contemporary Chinese Culture and Customs (3 credits)
    • FLEN 326: Chinese Cinema in Translation (3 credits)
    • FLEN 327: Chinese Literature in Translation (3 credits)
    • FLEN 331: Japanese Anime (3 credits)
    • HIST 180: Introduction to East Asian History (3 credits)
    • HIST 482: Japan, 1600 to Present (3 credits)
    • HIST 484: Modern China, 1840s to Present (3 credits)
    • HIST 485: Chinese Social and Cultural History (3 credits)
    • IS 325: Topics in Islamic Studies (3 credits)
    • JAPN 202: Intermediate Japanese II (4 credits)
    • JAPN 301: Japanese Reading (3 credits)
    • JAPN 303: Japanese Speaking (3 credits)
    • JAPN 305: Japanese Professional Culture (3 credits)
    • PHIL 307/RELS 307: Buddhism (3 credits)
    • POLS 420: Introduction to Asian Politics (3 credits)

Placement Exam Information

Are you enrolling in your first college-level modern language course? Enrollment in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at the 102 level or higher at the University of Idaho requires completion of the AVANT Placement Exam or the AVANT Spanish Language Heritage Test. These are computer-delivered placement exams and are administered on the Moscow campus by the Testing Center (Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 301) for a $25 fee. While there is no time limit, most students complete the exam in less than an hour. You can take the AVANT Placement Exam by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedule your placement exam. Additional information and practice tests are available online for the AVANT Placement Exam. Please plan to take the exam at the very latest by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. Results are available within three to five business days on VandalWeb – View My Test Scores. If you do not fulfill this course prerequisite, you will be automatically dropped from your modern language class on the third day of classes. For information regarding this requirement, contact the Modern Languages and Cultures department at 208-885-6179 or email

Students enrolled in online courses at the 102 level or higher are also required to take the AVANT Placement Exam. If you are on the Moscow campus, please take the AVANT Placement Exam at Test Services. If you are not on the Moscow campus, you will take the AVANT Placement Exam at an officially sanctioned testing center for a $25 fee plus an additional proctoring fee determined by each individual testing center. Please contact Testing Services 208-885-5138.

School of Global Studies

Physical Address:
332 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
School of Global Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221


Web: School of Global Studies