University of Minnesota
Asian Languages & Literature

Asian Languages and Literature.


Minors in Asian Languages & Literatures choose one language subplan:

  1. Chinese
  2. Hindi/Urdu
  3. Japanese
  4. Korean
  5. Hmong
  6. Arabic

Students will take:

  1. Two semesters of intermediate level or above of one Asian language (as listed above). Language courses must be taken in residence at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  2. Two ALL-designator courses at the 3000-level or above. Transfer or study abroad courses and credits may NOT be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. One elective course, which may include: an ALL-designator course, an upper-level language course, an ALL-related course in another department (upon approval), transfer course (upon approval), or learning abroad course* (upon approval). Course must be taken at the 3xxx-level or above and may NOT include 1-2 credit courses.

Declaring the Asian Languages & Literatures minor

To declare or discuss the ALL minor, please:

  1. Meet with the ALL adviser during walk-in hours, or
    Email the ALL adviser for additional meeting times.
  2. Create a list of questions you would like answered during your meeting.

The minor is comprised of 5 classes and must not include lower division (1xxx and 2xxx) courses. Courses must be approved by the ALL adviser. Courses must be taken on an A-F grading basis and completed with a C- or better. Prior to graduation, students must obtain final clearance from the ALL adviser.

Directed Studies in ALL and Asian languages are restricted to very special conditions, with the particulars established by the individual teacher upon department approval. Note: Directed Studies cannot be used to fulfill the core requirements of either the Major or Minor.

*Learning Abroad: Students who choose to use abroad coursework towards the minor must petition their coursework upon return. Students are expected to work with academic advisor before and after going abroad.

Notice: Students with native or near-native ability in an Asian language are encouraged to study another Asian language; if not, they will do their course work in literature and related fields, to complete the equivalent credits in the major/minor.