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Class of 2022 Asian American Studies Minors and Faculty Josh Baldo Photography

Asian American Studies Program

At the time of its founding in 1987, the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University was the first such program in the Ivy League. Today the program has faculty members in the humanities and social sciences in a variety of departments and colleges. With a minor in Asian American studies, you’ll examine the histories and experiences, identities, social and community formations, politics and contemporary concerns of people of Asian ancestry in the U.S. and other parts of the Americas.

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The Asian American Studies Program has been an invaluable part of my Cornell experience. While I initially began taking Asian American Studies courses as a way to make more meaning of my own Asian American identity, the breadth of courses I’ve taken through the AAS minor has pushed me to engage and think critically about ideas that span not only identity but also literature, art, history, politics, education, philosophy, music, and film. The program has helped me grow intellectually in ways that my technical major could not.

— Charles Yu ‘19