The minor in Asian American Studies is designed to enrich students' critical understanding of both individual experiences and collective histories of Asian Americans in regional, national, and transnational contexts. As an inter- and multi-disciplinary program, it underlines transnational contexts and comparative perspectives for the study of Asian American experiences. By promoting knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Asian American individuals and groups through teaching and research, the minor aims to provide new classroom opportunities for undergraduate students to explore Asian American experiences. It intends to enhance communication and collaboration among various cultural, ethnic, and racial groups; to facilitate intellectual exchanges; and to broaden academic inquiries on the subjects of migration, ethnicity and race across different disciplines and programs at Washington University. Involved departments and programs include American Culture Studies; East Asian Studies and South Asian Studies; African and African-American Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and American Indian Studies.
The minor in Asian American Studies can nicely complement a major in American Culture Studies; East Asian Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English; Global Studies; History; Sociology and other fields. Because the questions that animate Asian American Studies span disciplinary boundaries, the minor will inspire you to draw on the methods and insights of multiple disciplines to engage complex, real-world problems that necessitate interdisciplinary thinking. Situated in the larger context of the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, the minor in Asian American Studies is an integral part of diversity and inclusion initiatives at Washington University that nurture a culturally and academically stimulating environment.
Total units required: 18 (at least 12 units must be at the 300 level or above)
- 3 credits from Introductory Courses
- 3 credits from Asian American Focus Courses
- 6 credits from Multiethnic and Transnational Courses
- 6 credits from Context Courses
- In general, you should complete one introductory course prior to pursuing Asian American Focus Courses and Multiethnic and Transnational Courses.
- All advanced units must be unique to the Asian American Studies minor (i.e., not counted toward any other major or minor).
- All courses counting for the Asian American Studies minor must be taken for a letter grade, and you must receive a grade of C+ or higher.
- You may use a study abroad course on any subject in Asian Studies to fulfill the "Asian Studies" category requirement. Such courses must be approved by the study abroad advisor for the Asian-American Studies minor.