Program in Asian American Studies

Academic Unit

Program Information

The Program in Asian American Studies, administered by the Program in American Studies, provides students with the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences. The course of study focuses on the emergence of this pan-ethnic group in the United States, but also highlights Asian America’s transnational connections and contexts, including the dynamics of globalization, migration, imperialism, and post-coloniality.

In addition, the Program in Asian American Studies’ structure facilitates productive engagement with the fields of American studies and Latino studies and encourages comparative and intersectional work with the Program in African American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and other relevant fields of study that help to contextualize Asian American histories and cultures within the diversity of American culture.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to students from all departments. Students may enroll in the Asian American Studies certificate program at any time, including freshman year. There are no prerequisites, and courses taken prior to enrollment may count towards the certificate requirements. Students may take AMS 101 at any time during their studies, including after enrollment in the certificate program. Interested students are encouraged to meet with the associate director of American Studies, professor Rachael DeLue, to discuss the program and plan a tentative course of study. To enroll in the program, students should schedule a meeting with professor DeLue on the web appointment scheduling engine (WASE) and bring a copy of the completed enrollment form to that meeting.

Program of Study

Students may earn a certificate in Asian American studies by successfully completing the following requirements, consisting of five courses:

  1. AMS 101, America Then and Now
  2. Three courses in Asian American Studies, either originating in the program or cross-listed, and preferably representing disciplinary breadth in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. No more than one course taken in fulfillment of the student’s concentration may be counted toward the certificate. With the approval of the associate director, a student may substitute a comparative race and ethnicity course that contains substantial Asian American studies content for one of these courses.
  3. A designated seminar in American Studies, preferably taken in the senior year.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill all the requirements of the program will receive a certificate in Asian American studies upon graduation.