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Twin Cities Campus

Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media Minor

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, 220 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6534; fax: 612-624-5513).
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • 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 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
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.
Students seeking the ALCM minor must consult with the ALCM director of Graduate Studies to select a minor field advisor. Coursework for the minor is approved by the minor field advisor. In addition to credit requirements, students must take—and pass at the terminal MA level—the language translation examination section of the ALCM MA qualifying examination.
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.
Required Coursework
ALL 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
Take 9 or more credits from the following:
ALL 5xxx
ALL 8xxx
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ALL 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Constructions of national identity, its consolidation in current disciplinary/academic structures.