“It is important to understand how someone’s ethnic and cultural norms may shape and guide their thoughts and actions, and Asian American Studies has prepared me for the cultural differences I may experience throughout my career.”

—Sarah Swan, Graduate Student, Family and Child Studies major


Asian American Studies

The certificate in Asian American Studies focuses on the scholarship and experiences of Americans from Asian heritage groups. Courses shed light on Asian American experiences and concerns both historically and in contemporary society.

The program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, communities and culture. Students studying Asian American history and culture are provided with a strong sense of the Asian American experience and its impact on individuals, their communities and this nation.

Type of Program: Certificate (12 credit hours)

College: Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • HIST 3788: Asian American History (3)

Two of the following courses (6):

  • ANTH 302: Asian American Cultures (3)
  • FCNS 384: Asian American Families (3)
  • HIST 470: America and Asia (3)

Sample of electives:

  • ANTH 408: Peoples and Cultures of
    Mainland Southeast Asia (3)
  • ARTH 294: Art History Survey
    IV: Arts of the East (3)
  • ENGL 381: American Ethnic Literature (3)
  • GEOG 338: Geography of Asia (3)
  • HIST 346: Women in Asian History (3)
  • POLS 372: Politics in China, Japan, and Korea (3)

Other Resources:
The Asian American Center's library has a large number of resources to aid in research in Asian American studies. The Asian American Center provides support services for Asian American students, and includes leadership development, student organizational advisement, and an inclusive environment for Asian American students as well as educational and cultural programming for all students.

Dr. Florensia Surjadi, Coordinator
Asian American Studies
(815) 753-7083