Asian Studies

UNC Asheville’s Asian Studies minor offers students the opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses which have a substantial Asian focus and/or content. Students must complete at least 18 hours for the minor from the list of courses below. The courses must be chosen from at least three disciplines, with at least 6 hours at the 300-level or above. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of the Asian Studies Minor. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 grade-point- average on all minor courses taken at UNC Asheville. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses.

China Symposium

This two-day symposium combines public lectures and faculty development workshops to introduce participants to the complexities of Chinese histories in global contexts. Lectures are open to the university and Asheville communities. In addition to the public events, two special sessions will help a core group of UNC Asheville faculty design undergraduate courses with a focus on Chinese histories in global contexts.

Each year’s Symposium is part of a three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education and directed by the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The project mission is to establish and accelerate the integrated development of undergraduate Chinese language and culture studies in a consortium comprising six universities and colleges, including UNC Asheville. The project responds to a common set of interrelated difficulties encountered in building new undergraduate international and area studies programs, in particular the need to simultaneously develop new language capacities, complementary humanities and social science curricula, and sustained faculty and student interest. In each year of the project, a team of 11 interdisciplinary faculty will engage in rigorous course-development activities and workshops.

UNC Asheville Team Members

The UNC Asheville team is composed of 11 faculty members from 10 different departments:

  • Surain Subramaniam, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Asian Studies (Campus Coordinator)
  • Jinhua Li, Interdisciplinary Studies, Asian Studies
  • Grant Hardy, History, Humanities
  • Lei Han, New Media
  • Katherine Zubko, Religious Studies
  • Charles McKnight, Music
  • Keya Maitra, Philosophy
  • Alex Huang, Atmospheric Science
  • Katherine Min, Literature and Language
  • Agya Boakye-Boaten, Africana Studie

Participating Institutions

The six participating universities and community colleges in the three-year consortium represent wide regional diversity among 6 states:

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
  • University of Texas at El Paso, TX
  • Johnson County Community College, KS
  • Portland Community College, Portland, OR
  • Middlesex Community College, MA
  • Mercer College, GA

For more information, please contact Surain Subramaniam,