The College of Arts Sciences Search

Undergraduate Program

You are here

Overview

The centerpiece of the Asian American Studies Program's curriculum is its undergraduate minor. Open to all undergraduates throughout Cornell University, the minor affords students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asians in the hemispheric Americas. The course of study stresses developments within the United States, but also underscores the transnational and comparative contexts of Asian America and the field's connections with African AmericanAmerican IndianU.S. Latino, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


2011 Graduates & Resource Center Staff with Faculty

Program courses emphasize  writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills that enhances or complements any major degree program at Cornell University. Graduates of the Program enter into fields such as law, research, medicine, technology, non-profit, politics, and journalism

Minor application form

Students must file an application for the minor with the Asian American Studies Program. 

Click here to access the online application.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the application.

Why choose the Asian American Studies minor?

The Asian American Studies Program offers one of the most flexible and dynamic minors offered at Cornell University. One key benefit of the program lies in the reality that many occupations are looking for individuals with strong multicultural perspectives and a broad understanding of ethnic issues. Completion of the Asian American Studies minor will be officially noted on student transcripts.

Course Requirements

The program's undergraduate minor affords students an opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Asians in the hemispheric Americas. The course of study stresses developments within the United States, but also underscores the transnational and comparative contexts of Asian America and the field's connections with African American, American Indian, Latino, and Women's Studies.

Students must work with a faculty adviser from among the program's affiliated faculty and must complete five courses (at least 15 credits) as follows:


a) AAS 1100 (Introduction to Asian American Studies) 

AND

b) 2 additional Asian American Studies courses 

AND

c) 1 course in African AmericanAmerican IndianU.S. Latino Studies, or Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies*; 

AND

d) 1 course in East Asian, South Asian, or Southeast Asian Studies.* 

(*These courses must be approved by the student's faculty adviser, and they should address issues of race, gender, or the histories and cultures of Asian peoples.)