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The Asian American Studies certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, history, literature, culture, and social concerns. Interdisciplinary in nature, the certificate can be obtained by completing 12 credits of coursework.

Students receiving a certificate will have a transcript notation indicating that they have received a certificate in Asian American Studies.

The certificate program is open to any undergraduate student regardless of major or college who has an interest in Asian American Studies and is in good academic standing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Students enrolled in the certificate program also have the option to declare an emphasis in HMoob American Studies. Interested students should contact the Asian American Studies Program at asianamerican@letsci.wisc.edu to file an Asian American Studies Certificate Application form. While many of our courses below are cross-listed, registration under Asian American Studies ensures that credits earned for the certificate are recognized by the registrar’s office upon filing a Certificate Declaration form. Not all courses are offered each term. Topic courses may be repeated for credit.

For more information or to declare a certificate, please contact Nhung Nguyen, Program Administrator/Academic Advsior at asianamerican@letsci.wisc.edu or 608-263-2976. Students may also contact Director Cindy I-Fen Cheng at cicheng@wisc.edu.

Download a certificate declaration form here.

Requirements for the Certificate

The Asian American Studies Certificate Program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, history, literature, culture, and social concerns. Interdisciplinary in nature, the certificate can be obtained by completing 12 credits of coursework.

12 credits are required, TO INCLUDE:

ASIAN AM 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies3
ASIAN AM/​AFROAMER/​AMER IND/​CHICLA/​FOLKLORE  102 Introduction to Comparative US Ethnic and American Indian Studies3
ASIAN AM/​DANCE  121 Asian American Movement3
ASIAN AM/​ENGL  150 Literature & Culture of Asian America3
ASIAN AM 152 Asian American Literary and Popular Culture: Race, Fantasy, Futures3
ASIAN AM/​HISTORY  160 Asian American History: Movement and Dislocation3-4
ASIAN AM/​HISTORY  161 Asian American History: Settlement and National Belonging3-4
ASIAN AM 170 Hmong American Experiences in the United States3
ASIAN AM/​SOC  220 Ethnic Movements in the United States3-4
ASIAN AM 240 Topics in Asian American Studies3
ASIAN AM/​ASIAN/​HISTORY  246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the "Cold" War4
ASIAN AM/​ENGL  270 A Survey of Asian American Literature3
ASIAN AM/​COM ARTS  420 Asian Americans and Media3
ASIAN AM 441 Hmong American Social Movements in the 20th and 21st Centuries3
ASIAN AM/​AFROAMER  443 Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities3
ASIAN AM/​ENGL  462 Topic in Asian American Literature3
ASIAN AM/​ENGL/​GEN&WS  463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature3
ASIAN AM/​ENGL/​GEN&WS  464 Asian American Women Writers3
ASIAN AM/​ENGL  465 Asian American Poetry3
ASIAN AM 540 Special Topics3
ASIAN AM 560 Humanities Topics3
ASIAN AM/​JOURN  662 Mass Media and Minorities4
ASIAN AM 699 Independent Study: Directed Readings in Asian American Studies1-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​GEOG/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines4

Residence & Quality of Work

  • Minimum 2.000 GPA on all certificate courses
  • 6 credits in the certificate, in residence

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

Please contact the Asian American Studies Program at asianamerican@letsci.wisc.edu to set up a career advising appointment.

Ian Baird (Geography)
Leslie Bow (English/Asian American Studies)
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)
Lisa Ho (Asian American Studies)
Florence Hsia (History of Science)
Juliet Huynh (English)
Eden Inoway-Ronnie (Office of Provost)
Gabriel "Gabe" Javier (Student Affairs)
Victor Jew (Asian American Studies)
LiLi Johnson (Gender and Women's Studies/Asian American Studies)
Eileen Lagman (English)
Tev Lee (Multicultural Student Center)
Lori Kido Lopez (Communication Arts)
Nicole Louie (Curriculum and Instruction)
Stacey Lee (Educational Policy Studies)
Ella Mae Matsumura (Business)
James McMaster (Gender and Women's Studies/Asian American Studies)
Jan Miyasaki (Asian American Studies)
Chong Moua (History/Asian American Studies)
Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen (English)
Nhung Nguyen (Asian American Studies)
Pamela Oliver (Sociology)
Linda Park (Medicine and Public Health)
Hement Shah (Journalism and Mass Communication)
Michael Thorton (Afro-American Studies)
Lillian Tong (Center of Biology Education)
Goodson Vue (PEOPLE Program)
Yang Sao (Social Work/Asian American Studies)
Morris Young (English)
Timothy Yu (English/Asian American Studies)