The Program in Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary research, arts and teaching program that focuses on Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in the U.S., Southeast Asians and Asians in the Americas, and Pacific Islanders, both historically and in contemporary society. The certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, communities, and culture. 

Courses offered by the program and through other departments incorporate the perspective of a variety of disciplines: anthropology, communication arts, cultural studies dance, education, English, ethnic studies, film, history, human development and family studies, journalism, literature, media, political science, popular culture, psychology, sociology, theatre, and visual arts. New course topics are introduced each year. Examples of past topics include: Asian American history, Asian American literature, Asian American women writers, Asian Americans in the Midwest, Hmong American Studies, Contemporary Legal Issues in Asian American Communities, Mixed Race Asian Americans, Asian American Cultural Politics, Southeast Asian Americans in U.S. Schools, Asian American Dance, Asian Americans and Media, Afro-Asian Improvisational Dance, Psychology of Hmong Americans, and community-based research and service-learning courses. 

Many program courses fulfill the ethnic studies requirement and breadth requirements in the appropriate divisions.

Please stop by our main office (303 Ingraham Hall) or schedule an appointment with the director to declare the Asian American studies certificate. 

Students gain knowledge about specific ethnic groups, socioeconomic political histories, cultures, and contemporary issues through an Asian American lens.

15 credits are required, TO INCLUDE:

ASIAN AM 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies3
Core - 9 credits from:9
Asian American Movement
Literature & Culture of Asian America
Asian American History: Movement and Dislocation
Asian American History: Settlement and National Belonging
Topics in Asian American Studies
A Survey of Asian American Literature
Asian Americans and Media
Topic in Asian American Literature
Asian American Women Writers
Asian American Poetry
Special Topics
Humanities Topics
Literature & Culture of Asian America
Comparative course - 3 credits from:3
Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Movements in the United States
Topics in Asian American Studies
Southeast Asian Refugees of the "Cold" War
Chinese Migrations since 1500
Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities
Race and Sexuality in American Literature
Special Topics
Humanities Topics
Mass Media and Minorities
Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines
Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.
Total Credits15

Residence & Quality of Work

2.750 GPA on all certificate approved courses

8 credits in the certificate, in residence

Please contact the director of Asian American studies to set up an advising appointment.

Professors Bow (English/Asian American Studies), Fujimura (Sociology), Gloria (Counseling Psychology), Lee (Educational Policy Studies), Macken (Linguistics), Matsumura (Business), Oliver (Sociology), Shah (Journalism and Mass Communication), Thornton (Afro-American Studies), Uttal (Counseling Psychology) Young (English), Yu (English/Asian American Studies); Associate Professors Baird (Geography), Cheng (History/Asian American Studies), Choy (Dance/Asian American Studies) Lopez (Communication Arts); Lecturers Cullinane (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Jew (Asian American Studies), Miyasaki (Asian American Studies); Associates Holtzman (McNair/SROP Programs), Inoway-Ronnie (Academic Affairs), Tong (Institute for Cross College Biology Education)