Minoring in Asian American Studies

To receive a minor in Asian American Studies students must complete 7 distinct courses.

6 distinct courses in Asian American Studies:

  • 1 core course
  • 2 electives (200-level or 300-level)
  • 3 advanced electives (300-level)

One related course:

  • 1 course in another area of Ethnic Studies, in fields such as African American Studies, Latina and Latino Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Critical Ethnic Studies. Appropriate courses are offered by various academic departments and programs, and require approval by the minor advisor, DUS, or Program Director to count toward the minor.

Freshman seminars cannot count towards the minor. Courses may not be double counted toward another major or minor.

Asian American Studies Courses for the Minor

Core Courses (Choose 1):

  • Asian Am 210 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • Asian Am 214 Introduction to Asian American History
  • Asian Am 275 Introduction to Asian American Literature

Electives at 200-Level (Choose 2):

The core courses can also be taken as elective courses.

  • Asian Am 216 Global Asians
  • Asian Am 218 Asian-Black Historical Relations in the U.S.
  • Asian Am 225 Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities
  • Asian Am 235 Language in Asian America
  • Asian Am 247 Asian Americans and popular culture
  • Asian Am 251 The Mixed Race Experience

Introductory Topics Courses: May be taken more than once if topics are different.

  • Asian Am 203 Topics in Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Asian Am 220 Topics in History
  • Asian Am 276 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies

Advanced Electives at 300-Level (choose 3):

  • Asian Am 304 Asian American Women’s History
  • Asian Am 310 Contemporary Asian/Black Relations
  • Asian Am 350 Asian American Religions
  • Asian Am 365 Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
  • Asian Am 377 The American Century in Asia

Advanced Topics Courses: May be taken more than once if topics are different.

  • Asian Am 303 Advanced Topics in Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Asian Am 320 Advanced Topics in History
  • Asian Am 360 Studies in Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Asian Am 370 Studies in Diaspora 
  • Asian Am 376 Advanced Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Asian Am 380 Studies in Arts and Performance
  • Asian Am 392 Seminar in Asian American Studies
  • Asian Am 399 Independent Study in Asian American Studies

Related Course: Ethnic Studies Courses (choose 1)

A variety of academic units offer courses with Ethnic Studies content that may fulfill this requirement. Such units include the African American Studies Department, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, History, American Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, English, Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Legal Studies, etc. All courses taken for this requirement must be approved by the minor advisor, DUS, or Program Director.

How to Declare a Minor in Asian American Studies

First, take a look at the requirements. Then talk with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) about your plans, fill out the Declaration of Minor form and the appropriate worksheet (obtain from 1819 Hinman). The DUS is responsible for approving and signing all Declaration of Minor forms, all transfer credits, study abroad approvals and credit evaluation/transfer and, most importantly, all petitions to graduate. All Northwestern undergraduates who are interested in the minor or who want to talk about Asian American Studies are encouraged to meet with the DUS. Email for an appointment. 

This worksheet can help you plan for a minor in Asian American Studies. It’s a great way to take stock of where you are before you meet with the DUS to talk about your interest in the minor.

The DUS for Asian American Studies is:

Prof. Ji-Yeon Yuh
j-yuh@northwestern.edu
Harris 306