The interdisciplinary Minor in Asian Studies is designed to broaden and enrich the academic experience and complements majors in academic or professional fields. The minor program develops skills and concepts for appreciating the rich civilizations of Asia and for working professionally with Asian peoples. The minor is a valuable credential for graduate study and international careers.
Total credit hours: 30
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Name: Ana Ruiz
Minor: Asian Studies
Ana Ruiz graduated from UB in 2018 with a minor Asian Studies, focusing on Korean Studies. Courtney Locke (AS ’18) interviewed Ana and wrote the following profile.
Interview by C. Locke ’18.
What drew you to the minor in AS?
I was interested in history and wanted to learn more about the history of Asia.
Would you describe the minor as a flexible course of study?
Definitely. The Asian Studies Program can cross list courses and they have lots of funding opportunities for study abroad.
How do you think the minor has impacted your undergraduate career?
I’ve learned many new things from taking Asian Studies courses that I wouldn’t have from a regular history course. There’s a certain perspective that these courses take.
What skills have you gained that you fill will aid you in your future endeavors?
Minoring in Asian Studies has allowed me to take Korean, which I feel will be a great advantage in my career path.
Is there an Asian Studies course you would take again?
The Asian American course was the most interesting because it discussed modern Asian American history specifically touching on issues of race and relations.
Would you recommend the Asian Studies Minor?
Yes, it’s a fun an engaging program with courses that are flexible with other majors. The AS Minor isn’t too hard to add to a major, it doesn’t add stress and it’s smooth sailing to the degree.