Southeast Asian Studies Minor

From environmental ecologies and languages to systems of belief and political histories, Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world. This minor provides an interdisciplinary overview of the cultures and peoples residing in the 11 countries that constitute this region, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, as well as their diasporas.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core requirements
Four courses chosen from among the following:12
IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Vietnam
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Southeast Asia before 1800 through Digital History
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Modern Southeast Asia
Performance in Southeast Asia: Gongs, Punks, and Shadow Plays
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Languages of Southeast Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Society and Environment in Southeast Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Monks, Magic, & Meditation: Theravada Buddhism Across Space and Time
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Southeast Asian North Carolina
Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia
Religion and Globalization in Southeast Asia
The Vietnam War
Intermediate Vietnamese II (taught in Vietnamese)
Total hours12

Placement credit (PL) may not be used to meet minor requirements.

One transfer or Study Abroad course that is sufficiently focused on Southeast Asia may be approved for use in the minor.

Special Opportunities 

Many opportunities are provided to students through the Bringing Southeast Asia Home initiative at the Carolina Asia Center, including research funding, both independently and through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Students are encouraged to pursue funding for Southeast Asian language study outside of UNC through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards. Students may also consider engaging with the National University of Singapore, one of UNC’s strategic partners, either through the joint degree program, other Study Abroad opportunities, or the Phillips Ambassador Program. Students hoping to engage with the Southeast Asian diaspora may apply for funding through the Southern Futures program. Lastly, numerous Southeast Asia focused events are held annually by the Carolina Asia Center.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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