Requirements & Courses

Requirements

Students who have declared the Asian American Studies minor prior to Fall 2020 can follow the previous minor requirements or choose to follow the new minor requirements.

The AAST minor requires six credits and must fulfill the following requirements:


  1. One introductory survey/foundation course on Asian American experiences with at least a third of its content on Asian American history

    Courses that Fulfill Requirement #1
    AAST 0094-04 (AMER 0094-06) Representation and Asian American Cultural Production
    AMER 182 - Asian America: An Introduction
     
  2. At least one course focused on race in which Asian American experiences are addressed in a sociopolitical context.

    Courses that Fulfill Requirement #2
    AAST 0094-04 (AMER 0094-06) Representation and Asian American Cultural Production
    AMER 12 - Race in America
    AMER 0094-03 Arab and Muslim Americans
    AMER 0180-09 Critical Pedagogies of Race
    AMER 182 - Asian America: An Introduction
    AMER 194-06 - Racing Research: Critical Decolonizing Methodologies
    ENG 0002-13 Writing Seminar: Asian American Perspectives
    HST 03 - The World in Motion: Global History and Migration
    PS 106 - Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
    PSY 115 - Social Identity, Stigma and Coping
    SOC 11 - Racial/Ethnic Minorities
    SOC 70 - Immigration and American Society
    SOC 188-08 - Seminar: Identity and Inequality
    SOC 188-09 - Youth of Color
     
  3. At least one course with full or partial focus on Asian American experiences beyond the foundation

    Courses that Fulfill Requirement #3
    AAST 0094-04 (AMER 0094-06) Representation and Asian American Cultural Production
    AMER 0010-01 Racial Politics and Urban Space in the United States
    AMER 12 - Race in America
    AMER 180-09 Critical Pedagogies of Race
    AMER 182 - Asian America: An Introduction
    AMER 194-06 - Racing Research: Critical Decolonizing Methodologies
    ENG 0002-13 Writing Seminar: Asian American Perspectives
    HST 03 - The World in Motion: Global History and Migration
    PS 106 - Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
    PSY 115 - Social Identity, Stigma and Coping
    SOC 110 - Racial/Ethnic Minorities
    SOC 70 - Immigration and American Society
    SOC 188-08 - Seminar: Identity and Inequality
    SOC 188-09 - Youth of Color
     
  4. Up to two elective courses that while they may not have direct Asian American content, must address topics relevant to the historical and/or contemporary experiences of Asian Americans. Examples include: immigration, educational access, bilingualism, health disparities, labor relations, environmental justice, media representations, cultural resistance productions, comparative race and ethnic studies. Students wishing to count these courses towards the minor in Asian American Studies must consult with the course instructor for permission to focus independent work (e.g. a paper) on an appropriate topic AND must get the course approved by the Asian American Studies director before taking the course. To do so, send a copy of the syllabus and short summary of the planned independent project to the Program Director.

    Courses that Fulfill Requirement #4
    AAST 0094-05 (AMER 0094-02 ) Race, Gender, and Monstrosity in American Comic Books and Graphic Novels
    ANTH 149-31/ENG 92-03 - Colonialism and Decolonization
    CD 62 - Childhood Across Cultures
    CH 55 - Race, Ethnicity and Health
    CH 99 - Urban Health and Community Planning
    CH 190 - Social Movements for Health
    ENG 0001 (sections 14 or 28 only) - First Year Writing (with a focus on Asian American writers) – taught by Grace Talusan
    ENG 0003 (section 02 only) First Year Writing (with a focus on Asian American writers) – taught Grace Talusan
    ENG 191-01 - Metaphors of Globalization
    HIST 0010 Colonialism in Global Perspective
    HIST 0093 - Family Histories and American Culture
    REL 42 - Religion & Politics in American History
    SOC 0190 Integrative Seminar: Immigration: Public Opinion, Politics, and Media

    NOTE: The course list for Requirement #4 is not exhaustive. Students can petition to have a course count as an elective from the Program Director before taking the class.

    Special Note on Languages: Students may need to acquire proficiency in an Asian language in order to investigate research questions about the Asian American community. Therefore, a student who decides to pursue proficiency in an Asian language may count one course at the advanced level (e.g., JPN 21, CHNS 21 or above, or equivalent in another Asian language) towards one of the elective courses in the minor.
     
  5. Capstone Project or Course.

    Two options to complete this requirement:
    1. Complete a capstone project under the guidance of an affiliated Asian American Studies faculty. The capstone project must be approved by the Program Director. To receive credit for the project, the student must enroll in AAST 0198 (Asian American Studies Capstone Project). Permission from the director is required.
    2. Take a sixth course from the one of the lists of approved courses above.

Additional Information on Minor Requirements:
Minors in Asian American Studies may:

  • Take up to two courses as independent study
  • Transfer up to two courses from other institutions
  • Apply up to two courses from their major or the foundation requirements.

Courses with grades lower than C- will not be accepted towards the minor.

Application
To declare a minor in Asian American Studies, please complete the Minor Declaration Form and the Minor Certification Checklist.