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Asian American Studies (AAS) is an interdisciplinary and comparative field that explores the histories, cultures, and experiences of people of Asian descent in the United States. As an integral component of the Center for Ethnic Studies, the program focuses on the diversity of Asian American communities and cultural practices; develops intersectional approaches to the study of identity, power, and resistance; and considers a range of issues—such as immigration, citizenship, globalization, and imperialism—central to a critical understanding of our contemporary world. The AAS program sponsors research workshops and cultural events, and offers an undergraduate minor that draws courses from various departments.

Students who take courses or do research in the field can expect to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of the diversity and complexity of Asian American history, communities, and cultures.
  • Encounter and utilize comparative and intersectional approaches to understanding race, migration, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship.
  • Make connections between knowledge produced in the classroom and social issues beyond campus.
  • Acquire critical thinking, reading, and writing skills that are necessary for thriving in a multicultural and global society.