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Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media Minor

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, 220 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6534; fax: 612-624-5513).
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2021. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • The Asian Literatures, Culture and Media Minor has undergone a name change. Please see the Asian and Middle Easter Cultures and Media minor.
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Length of program in credits (master's): up to
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media (ALCM) program enables students to pursue the study of Asian and Middle Eastern texts and media, broadly understood. The program encourages work that questions the boundaries of traditional area studies, demands proficiency in the language(s) of concentration, and provides opportunities for students to design a flexible program of study. Students must designate a language of concentration on their ALCM program application form. Currently, students may select Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Hindi/Urdu for their language of concentration. However, it is possible to select another South Asian language with permission of the director of graduate Studies. For details, see the graduate program website at
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer first with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures and Media (AMCM) director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements, and to identify an AMCM advisor.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
In addition to credit requirements, students must take and pass at the terminal MA level - the language translation examination section of the AMCM MA qualifying examination. Minor coursework offered on the A-F and S/N basis may be taken S/N with approval of the advisor and AMCM director of graduate studies.
Required Course (3 credits)
Take the following course:
AMES 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (3.0 cr)
Electives (9 Credits)
Select at least 9 credits from the following in consultation with the ALCM director of graduate studies:
ALL 5xxx
ALL 8xxx
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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AMES 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course aims to provide critical and theoretical foundations for incoming graduate students in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media program, while also addressing broader questions that would be of interest to students in other departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our project will be to generate discussion about the theoretical and political complexities of studying Asia and the Middle East from a cross-cultural and transnational perspective, taking account of several inter-related questions at the heart of the work of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Beginning with Edward Said?s critique of orientalism as our point of departure, we will take up a range of questions revolving around debates over historiography (e.g., capitalism and the formations of race and gender, nationalism and imperialism, etc.) and the relationship between cultural studies and political-economy (e.g., the political unconscious, national allegory, translation and translingual practice, ethnographic gaze, etc.) with a particular attention to the complications posed by taking ?Asia? as the object of intellectual inquiry in any such analysis. Our discussions will consider key problematics in cultural theory, the uses of such theory in the Asian context and some of the issues thereby raised, and critical interventions by scholars of Asia.