Students who earn a minor in Indonesian achieve proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia, and gain an in-depth knowledge of Indonesian culture. Language is taught using a communicative method, emphasizing not only grammar but also speaking and listening, so students learn to converse, read, and write in real-life situations. Courses emphasize exploring Indonesia’s diverse culture, including literature as well as videos, music, and current events. By pairing the minor with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or a professional field, students find an advantage after graduation as they enter business and nonprofit work, STEM fields, graduate programs, and more across the globe.
Elementary Indonesian language courses are available only in the fall quarter. Students should sign up for elementary course as early as possible in order to fulfill the minor’s language requirement. If you have previous experience with Chinese, see the department's information on proficiency exams and placement interviews.
Declaring a Minor in Indonesian
Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. Please see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page for additional considerations about earning a minor.
This is a 30 credits minor consisting of:
I. Language Courses:
15 credits of second and/or third-year Indonesian language taken from:
- INDO 211, 212, 213 Second-year Indonesian
- INDO 311, 312, 313 Third-year Indonesian
II. Area-Related Humanities or Social Sciences:
15 credits of humanities and/or social science courses offered through the UW taken from:
- ANTH 314 Ethnography, Transnationalism, and Community in Island Southeast Asia / Asian American
- ANTH 315 Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist and Vietnamese
- ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society: The Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South and Southeast Asia
- ANTH 442 Global Asia
- ANTH 445 Literature and Society in Southeast Asia
- HSTCMP 485 Comparative Colonialism
- HSTAS/JSIS A 221 History of Southeast Asia
- HSTAS/JSIS B 264 Violence, Race and Memory
- HSTAS/JSIS B 463 Topics in Southeast Asian History and Society
- HSTAS 466/JSIS A 462 Islam, Mysticism, Politics and Performance in Indonesian Culture
- MUSIC 439 Music of Indonesia and the Phillippines
- MUSEN 411 Gamelan ensemble
- JSIS 203 Rise of Asian (when content is centered on Southeast Asia)
- JSIS A 452 Global Asia
- JSIS A 221 History of Southeast Asia
- JSIS A 315 Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist and Vietnamese
- JSIS A 343 Politics and Change in Southeast Asia
- JSIS A 367 Southeast Asian Activism and Social Engagement
- JSIS A 447 Literature and Society in Southeast Asia
- JSIS A 419 Southeast Asian Knowledge and the Politics of Information
- JSIS A 461 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
- JSIS A 462 Islam, Mysticism, Politics and Performance in Indonesian Culture
- JSIS A 463 Topics in Southeast Asian History and Society
- JSIS 486 Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
- Minimum of 15 credits from both language and culture courses listed, taken at the 300 level or above.
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor.