Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Minor

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)


Why Asian American Studies?

The growing visibility of Asian American populations in the United States has brought new richness to the study of Asian American communities, histories, arts, literature, and culture. Increasingly, organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, educational and professional institutions are eager to recruit individuals with backgrounds in Asian American Studies. Courses in Asian American Studies offer students the cultural overview, concepts and analytical skills to understand the diversity and complexity of Asian American communities. With the 21st century being hailed as the Asian Century, Asian American Studies provides a basis for understanding global developments in politics, information, commerce, and cultural exchange.


What are the course requirements for the undergraduate minor?

At least 15 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences course work, 9 of which must be at the 300 level including the following:

  1. Either AAST-A 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies or SOC-S 101 Sociology of Asian America.
  2. 9 credit hours from courses in Lists A and B (see below). At least 6 credit hours must be from List A. With the approval of the director of the Asian American Studies program, 3 credit hours of A495 Independent Readings and Research in Asian American Studies may be substituted for one AAST course at the 200 or 300 level.
  3. No course taken in fulfillment of the American Studies major or minor can be applied to this minor.
  4. Students who choose course work outside the College in partial fulfillment of the minor will need to take additional College of Arts and Sciences course work to meet the minimum total of 15 credit hours in the College.
List A (Asian America) List B (Asian Diaspora)

Will Asian American Studies be compatible with my program of studies?

Of course! Asian American Studies courses are usually cross-listed with offerings in major departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. The 100- and 200-level courses in the program will fulfill either an Arts & Humanities or a Social & Historical Studies requirement.

For further information, please feel free to contact us at aasp@indiana.edu.


What can the Asian American Studies minor do for me?

A minor in Asian American Studies enriches your understanding of diversity and provides you with an area of specialized knowledge as you prepare for a career in diverse fields: Law, Public Policy, Urban Planning, International Relations, Human Geography, Education (Teaching, Counseling, Policy), Arts, Arts Administration, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Business, Marketing, Public Relations.

Additional information about the Asian American Studies Program is listed in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin 2012-2013.