Graduate Program

Class of 2019 AASP minors smiling

The Asian American Studies Program at Cornell offers a minor field in graduate studies. The minor invites any Cornell graduate student interested in Asian American studies to craft a program of interdisciplinary study. Faculty expertise spans multiple fields, including anthropology, history, literature, performing & media arts, labor relations, law, human development, psychology and language, enabling students to develop a graduate minor that meets their specific interests.


  • One pro-seminar (including foundational texts and guest speakers from among AASP’s core and affiliated faculty as well as Asian American studies scholars beyond Cornell)
  • One additional Asian American Studies course at the 3000, 4000, or 6000 level. Other courses not crosslisted with Asian American Studies may be eligible upon consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • As per graduate school regulations, select one AASP field member to serve as a minor committee member.

Upon completion of the minor and graduate degree requirements, the student will be awarded an AAS Graduate Minor Certificate.


Students interested in the AAS Graduate Minor should fill out an AASP Graduate Minor application and plan to meet with Professor Viranjini Munasinghe, Director of Graduate Studies. The application is a declaration of intention to complete an AAS minor and a planning tool for the program; students are not required to have completed or enrolled in all required courses before submitting the application. Please contact with any questions.

Graduate Student Resources

Asian Diaspora Studies Reading Group

Graduate Student Profiles (coming soon)