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Asian American Studies Program

Minor in Asian American Studies

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements AASTMIN

The minor in Asian American Studies complements any major or degree. The goal of the AAST minor is to invigorate a substantive understanding of the pressing questions of identity, belonging, and power from the perspectives of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian/Pacific diasporic histories, communities, and cultures. Students approach big problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives spanning the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences to sharpen their skills for critical thinking and action in the globalizing world of the 21st century.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • AAST-A 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies
    • SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies (approved topic: "Sociology of Asian America")
  2. Asian America and Asian Diaspora.
    1. Required Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • AAST-A 200 Asian American Literature
      • AMST-A 298 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • AMST-A 299 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies for American Studies (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • AAST-A 300 Topics in Asian American Studies
      • AAST-A 320 Advanced Topics in Asian American Literature
      • AAST-A 499 Capstone Seminar in Asian American Studies
      • AAST-X 490 Independent Readings and Research in Asian American Studies (Maximum of 3 credit hours, with approval of the Director, can count toward the minor)
      • EALC-E 385 Asian Americans: Cultural Conflict and Identity
      • ENG-L 374 Ethnic American Literature (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • HIST-A 205 Asian American History
      • POLS-Y 200 Contemporary Political Topics (approved topic: "Asian American Politics Since the 1960s")
      • SOC-S 342 Asian American Communities and Identities
    2. Free Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional course from the Required Electives list
      • AAST-A 201 Asian Diaspora Experience
      • AMST-A 398 Advanced Topics in Arts and Humanities for American Studies (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • AAST-A 499 Capstone Seminar in Asian American Studies
      • CMLT-C 360 Diasporic Literatures (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the AAST subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.