Asian/ Asian American Studies Certificate

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The Department of American Studies (AMS) and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) offers in cooperation a Certificate in Asian/Asian American Studies (13 credits or 4.5 courses) comprised of Asian American Studies-content courses offered in American Studies, English, History, Anthropology, among other units and courses in English on aspects of modern Asian cultures offered by ALC. The Certificate in Asian/Asian American Studies (A/AAS) is intended for students majoring in other SAS disciplines, planning or already pursuing careers in education, business, international relations, policy, law, medicine and allied health professions, medical research, public health, or global development. It is anticipated that students may earn the Certificate as part of their intercultural learning and training in the course of an undergraduate degree as a supplement or as continuing education for those pursuing careers in social work, health policy, education, among other career paths in which diverse cultural knowledge and learning is necessary.


Some examples of potential alumni of the Certificate program might be:

  • educators, all levels
  • health professionals including general practitioners, specialists, and nurses;
  • immigration and law enforcement officials
  • legal professionals
  • social workers

The category “Asian American” covers a diverse array of ethnicities, races, religions, languages and migration histories in the United States and the Americas. “Asians” have been regarded as both inside and outside of US citizenship, as model minorities and perpetual foreigners. From the many Asian   Exclusion Acts (1882-­1965) limiting Asian migration into the US and Japanese American internment (1942) to the post-Vietnam refugees, serial migrations, and today’s Mindy Project, the drama of Asians in the US and the Americas has been a contentious one of belonging and non-­belonging. The goal of the Undergraduate Certificate in A/AAS is to provide the basis for understanding the issues explored in the field of Asian American Studies and the study of the Asian diasporic experience through history, social science, literature, and popular culture. Through concurrent studies about contemporary Asian cultures in the Departments of American Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures, students will grasp the ongoing global scale of Asian migrations and interchanges.


Learn more about our Asian/Asian American Studies Initiatives


Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate Program:


  1. Complete two (2) contemporary Asian Culture courses in English with a grade of C or higher from among the list below and others.
  2. Complete two (2) Asian American Studies-content courses with a grade of C or higher from among the list below and others.
  3. Complete one (1) additional credit-bearing Asian American Studies-content course (1 or 1.5credit, Byrne, FIGS, Learning Community, or Independent study)
  4. Register with SAS American Studies for Certificate in Asian/Asian American Studies


Asian American/Asian Diaspora Studies Courses


  • 013:301            Caribbean Pluralities and Indo-Caribbean Literature
  • 014:215            Blacks and Asians
  • 050:245            Asian American Experiences
  • 050:377            Asian American Literature and Film
  • 050:102            Race and Ethnicity in the US (Chan-Malik)
  • 050:343            Islam in/and America (Chan-Malik)
  • 070:320            Diaspora, Ethnicity and Race in the US: Asian American Studies (Schein)
    070:324            Globalization, Sex and Family (Schein)
  • 090:294:03       Immigrants in the Americas (Lopez)
  • 506:402            History Seminar: Asians in the Americas (Lopez)
  • 508:338            Asian Migrations (J Stephens)
  • 512:315            Famous Trials in Modern America (Urban): Landmark Cases Around Asians In The US.
    512:391,392      Historical Studies: Immigration History (Lopez or Urban)
  • 595:393            Global Diasporas in Caribbean History (Lopez)
  • 700:541            Cultural Fusion, Exoticism, Cosmopolitanism and Music Analyses

Other courses:

  • 050:281            Asian American Images and Stereotypes (Fall Learning Community 1.5cr)
  • 050:283            Asian American Leadership and Communities (Spring Learning Community 1.5cr)
  • Byrne:               100 Years of Butterfly (Byrne Seminar 1cr)
  • FIGS                  Asian American Studies (FIGS 1cr)


Asian Languages and Cultures Courses in English


Asian Studies

  • 01:098:262   Asian American Experiences (cross-listed with American Studies)
  • 01:098:250   Global East Asia


  • 01:165:211   Language and Identity in Modern Chinese Societies
  • 01:165:264   Chinese Drama and Performing Arts
  • 01:165:310   Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • 01:165:262   The Chinese Cinema
  • 01:165:310   Twentieth Century Chinese Literature                


  • 01:565:215   A-Bomb Literature and Film in Japan
  • 01:565:350   Japanese Film
  • 01:565:395   Modern Japanese Novel and the West
  • 01:565:320   Samurai Tradition
  • 01:565:333  Anime: Introduction to Japanese Animation
  • 01:565:360   Japanese Women Writers
  • 01:565:380   Contemporary Japanese Literature & Film


  • 01:574:210   Introduction to Korean Culture
  • 01:574:220   Introduction to Korean Literature in Translation
  • 01:574:221   Korean Literature in Translation II
  • 01:574:230   Korean Cinema
  • 01:574:250   Korean Language in Culture and Society
  • 01:574:350   North Korea in the Socialist and Post-Socialist World
  • 01:574:310   Gender and Social Change in Korea