Asian American/Asian Diaspora Studies Courses

Required Course

01:050:245      The Asian American Experience

Qualifying Elective Courses on Asian America

01:013:301, 01:195:335, 01:195:338 Caribbean Pluralities and Indo-Caribbean Literature

01:014:215      Blacks and Asians

01:050:102      Race and Ethnicity in the US

01:050:343      Islam in/and America

01:050:377, 01:351:377, 01:358:389 Asian-American Literatures in English

01:070:320      Diaspora, Ethnicity and Race in the US: Asian American Studies
01:070:324      Globalization, Sex and Family

01:506:402      History Seminar: Asians in the Americas

01:508:338      Asian Migrations

01:512:250      Natives and Newcomers

01:512:315      Famous Trials in Modern America: Landmark Cases around Asians in the US

01:512:356      The Thirty Years' War: America in Vietnam
01:512:391, 01:512:392          Historical Studies: Immigration History

01:595:393, 01:508:393          Global Diasporas in Caribbean History

01:700:541      Cultural Fusion, Exoticism, Cosmopolitanism and Music Analyses

01:790:349      Topics in American Politics: Asian-American Politics and Activism

01:790:394      Rutgers-Japan Exchange

37:575:366      Asian-American Workers in a Global Context

Qualifying single or 1.5 credit courses or experiences

01:050:281      Asian American Images and Stereotypes (Fall Learning Community 1.5cr)
01:050:282      Asian American Identities and Images (Spring Learning Community 1.5 cr)
01:050:283      Asian American Leadership and Communities (Spring Learning Community 1.5cr)
Byrne              100 Years of Butterfly (Byrne Seminar 1cr)
FIGS               Asian American Studies (FIGS 1cr)

Qualifying courses for Asian Studies in a non-U.S. Context

01:013:316      African Literature of the South Asian Diaspora

01:013:337      Film and Literature in South Asia

01:082:205      Asian Art

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

01:358:222      Introduction to South Asian Literature

01:450:341      South Asia

01:450:342      East Asia

01:508:250      Southeast Asia and the World

01:508:331      Women in South Asian History

01:508:335      Modern South Asia

01:508:346      TransAsia: A Transnational History of Gender and Sexuality in Asia

01:508:348      Chinese Intellectual History

01:508:349      Modern China through Film and Fiction

01:508:352      Japan's Rise to World Power

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

01:790:313      Political Economy of East Asia

01:790:353      Government and Politics of Southeast Asia

01:790:354      East Asia in World Affairs

01:988:310      South Asian Feminism


AAS Certificate

390386 503615549650564 1057126571 n1The 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