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., 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 & Media, Afro-Asian Improvisational Dance, Psychology of Hmong Americans, and community-based research and service-learning courses.  

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

Ian Baird (Geography)
Leslie Bow (English/Asian American Studies)
Shelly Chan (History)
Cindy I-Fen Cheng (History/Asian American Studies)
Peggy Choy (Dance/Asian American Studies)
Michael Cullinane (Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
Joan H Fujimura (Sociology)
Alberta L Gloria (Counseling Psychology)
Maya Holtzman (McNair/SROP Programs)
Florence Hsia (History)
Gabe Javier (Multicultural Student Center)
Victor Jew (Asian American Studies)
Stacey Lee (Educational Policy Studies)
Lori Kido Lopez (Communication Arts)
Marlys Macken (Linguistics)
Ella Mae Matsumura (Business)
Jan Miyasaki (Asian American Studies)
Nhung Nguyen (Asian American Studies)
Pamela Oliver (Sociology)
Linda Park (Medicine and Public Health)
Eden Inoway-Ronnie (Academic Affairs)
Hement Shah (Journalism and Mass Communication)
Michael Thorton (Afro-American Studies)
Lillian Tong (WISCIENCE)
Lynette Uttal (Counseling Psychology)
Morris Young (English)
Timothy Yu (English/Asian American Studies)