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College of Letters and Science

Asian American Studies Program

Certificate Program

303 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-2976; asianamerican.wisc.edu; aasp@mailplus.wisc.edu

Professors Bow (English/Asian American Studies), Fujimura (Sociology), Gloria (Counseling Psychology),  Lee (Educational Policy Studies), Macken (Linguistics), Matsumura (Business), Oliver (Sociology), Shah (Journalism and Mass Communication), Thornton (Afro-American Studies), Uttal (School of Human Ecology), Young (English); Associate Professors Yu (English), Cheng (History/Asian American Studies); Assistant Professors Baird (Geography), Choy (Dance/Asian American Studies), Lopez (Commnication Arts); Lecturers Cullinane (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Jew (Asian American Studies), Miyasaki (Asian American Studies); Associates Holtzman (McNair/SROP Programs), Horikawa (University Health Services), Inoway-Ronnie (Academic Affairs), Tong (Institute for Cross-College Biology Education).

The Program in Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary research, arts and teaching program that focuses on Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in the U.S., Southeast Asians and Asians in the Americas, and Pacific Islanders, both historically and in contemporary society. The certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, communities, and culture.

Courses offered by the program and through other departments incorporate the perspective of a variety of disciplines: anthropology, communication arts, cultural studies dance, education, English, ethnic studies, film, history, human development and family studies, journalism, literature, media, political science, popular culture, psychology, sociology, theatre, and visual arts. New course topics are introduced each year. Examples of past topics include: Asian American history, Asian American literature, Asian American women writers, Asian Americans in the Midwest, Hmong American studies, Contemporary Legal Issues in Asian American Communities, Mixed Race Asian Americans, Asian American Cultural Politics, Southeast Asian Americans in U.S. schools, Asian American Dance, Asian Americans & Media, Afro-Asian Improvisational Dance, Psychology of Hmong Americans, and community based research and service learning courses.  

Many program courses fulfill the ethnic studies requirement and breadth requirements in the appropriate divisions.

Certificate Program

Students gain knowledge about specific ethnic groups, socioeconomic political histories, cultures, and contemporary issues through an Asian American lens. Interdisciplinary in nature, the certificate can be obtained by completing 15 credits of course work. This requires completion of the following courses with a GPA of 2.75:

  • Introduction to Asian American Studies;
  • Three core courses devoted exclusively to Asian American topics; and
  • One race/ethnic/nation comparative course.

Courses from other departments may be used to fulfill these requirements.

For more information about the certificate, see Certificate on the program website.