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Asian American Studies Undergraduate Minor

The Asian American Studies minor enables students to pursue an academic concentration in the rapidly growing field of Asian American Studies (AAS). 

Since its inception in the late 1960s, AAS has developed into a vitally important part of higher education, focusing primarily on the histories, cultures, and communities of peoples of Asian descent in the United States. 

Interdisciplinary by nature, AAS is conducted within and draws upon such areas of study as history, literary studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, and the arts. 

By minoring in Asian American Studies, students will have the unique opportunity to explore a range of questions and issues—such as immigration and racialization, ethnic and cultural identity formation, gender and sexuality, war and imperialism, transnational social linkages, and cross-cultural expressive practices—that are central to a critical understanding of our contemporary world.

For more information about the minor, please see below.

Asian American Studies Minor

Asian American Studies Coordinating Adviser: Pranav Jani, 567 Denney Hall, 164 Annie and John Glenn Ave Columbus, OH 43210, jani.4@osu.edu

Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, and cultures of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent living in the United States. It seeks to broaden students' understanding of the diversity and complexity of Asian American identities and communities; to provide comparative and intersectional approaches to race, migration, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship; and to encourage linking educational and research initiatives to community and political concerns.

The minor in Asian American Studies requires 12 credit hours of course work. Three courses (9 credit hours) must be taken in Asian American Studies. The remaining three credits may be fulfilled by taking: a) an additional Asian American Studies course; b) an elective in Asian studies; or c) an elective in U.S. race/ethnicity studies. Note that language courses (i.e., Chinese 1101) may not count toward the elective. 

No more than six hours of 2000-level course work may count toward the minor. Up to six credit hours may overlap between the minor and the General Education (GE). 

To enroll in the minor, schedule an appointment with the coordinating adviser, complete the minor program form, then file the form with your college or school counselor. 

Asian American Studies Courses (9 credits)

African American and African Studies/Comparative Studies/Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 4921: Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Comparative Studies 2321: Introduction to Asian American Studies

Comparative Studies 4803/English 4587: Studies in Asian American Literature and Culture

East Asian Languages and Literatures 3446: Asian American Film

History 2079: Introduction to Asian American History

History 3612/Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 4401: Asian American Women: Race, Sex, & Representations


The elective in either Asian studies or U.S. race/ethnicity studies will be approved by the coordinating adviser in consultation with the student on a case-by-case basis.

Asian Studies electives (examples)

Anthropology 3417

Chinese 2231, 2232, 2451, 4402, 4403, 4404, 4405, 4406, 5400

East Asian Languages and Literatures 3223

History 2392, 2393, 2401, 3375, 3376, 3403, 3404, 3405, 3410, 3411, 3425, 3426, 3580, 3715

History of Art 2003, 3605, 3605H, 4001, 4810, 4815, 4820, 4825, 5002, 5711, 5724, 5812, 5815, 5816

International Studies 2050, 4539

Japanese 2231, 2451, 2452, 4400, 4401, 5400, 5454, 5455

Korean 2231, 2451, 5256, 5400, 5405, 5455

Philosophy 2120

Political Science 4230, 4236

Religious Studies 3673

U.S. race/ethnicity electives (examples)

African American and African Studies 2080, 2081, 2288, 2367.01, 2367.04, 3089, 3361, 4378, 4504, 4582

Anthropology 3420

Communications 3668, 4445

Comparative Studies 2105, 2322, 2360, 3689, 4804, 4822 English 2281, 4581, 4582, 4583, 4588

Geography 5601

History 2070, 2071, 2075, 2080, 2081, 2085, 2610, 2610H, 2750, 2750H, 2750E, 2752, 3010, 3011, 3012, 3013, 3017, 3070, 3071, 3075, 3080, 3082, 3083, 3085, 3580, 4080

Linguistics 3601, 3602

Music 2288

Political Science 3220, 4140

Psychology 3375

Religious Studies 3672, 5871

Sociology 3463, 3463H

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies 2340, 2367.04, 2750, 2750H, 4520, 4540

Independent Research or Fieldwork

Students can develop an independent project in consultation with an adviser (3 credits maximum).

* Note: Topics courses, when the content is appropriate, may be approved by the adviser for credit toward the minor.

Asian American Studies minor program guidelines

Required for graduation: No

Credit hours required: A minimum of 12. 1000 level courses shall not be counted in the minor. At least 6 credits must be at the 3000 level or above.

Transfer and EM credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.

Overlap with the GE: A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor.

Overlap with the major and additional minor(s):

  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).

Grades required:

  • Minimum C- for a course to be counted on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for all minor course work
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.

X193 credits: No more than 3 credit hours.

Approval required: The minor program form must be approved by the coordinating adviser. 

Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Changing the minor: Once the minor program form is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the coordinating adviser.

The above information is a direct replica of information from the College of Arts and Sciences website regarding the Asian American Studies minor. Additional information about all minors offered by the College of Arts and Sciences can be found under their Programs: Minors Offered website.


  • Language courses (i.e., Chinese 1101) do not count toward the AAS minor
  • Please also see the Arts and Sciences advising sheet linked above for specific examples
  • Contact individual faculty members for independent research or fieldwork
  • Courses that engage significantly with Asian American content may count toward the 9 AAS credit hours with approval of the minor advisor.
  • Please contact the advisor and/or consult the "Courses" tab on the website for further information.
  • No more than six credit hours at the 2000-level may count toward the minor. Up to six credit hours may overlap with General Education requirements.
  • 1000-level courses cannot count toward the minor.