Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    Jan 17, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021

Asian American Studies Program

In the College of Arts and Sciences .


Course Offerings  

The Asian American Studies Program is an inter- and multi-disciplinary academic program housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. Its aim is to promote teaching, research, and educational activities related to Asians in the Americas and to serve as a resource to campus and regional communities. The program’s undergraduate courses, offered within the program and cross-listed with departments in various colleges, meet distribution requirements and count toward a minor in Asian American Studies. The undergraduate minor is recognized by all of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges. The program does not offer a graduate course of study, but students can undertake graduate work in Asian American Studies under the supervision of program faculty within selected disciplines of the university.



C. Bacareza Balance, D. Chang, V. Munasinghe, S. Wong

Undergraduate Minor

The program’s undergraduate minor affords students an opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Asians in the hemispheric Americas. The course of study stresses developments within the United States, but also underscores the transnational and comparative contexts of Asian America. In stressing the intellectual value of comparative analysis, the AAS Minor also draws attention to the ways in which Asian American histories, themes, and concerns are interwoven with, and need to be understood in relation to, those to be found, for example, in the subject matter of African American, American Indian, Latina/o, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality, and Asian studies.

Students must work with a faculty advisor from among the program’s core faculty members and must complete five courses for a minimum cumulative total of fifteen (15) credit hours to be distributed as follows:

  • AAS 1100 - Introduction to Asian American Studies  
  • 2-3 additional courses in Asian American Studies
  • 1-2 courses on subjects within the fields of African American, American Indian, Latina/o, Feminist/Gender/Sexuality, or Asian studies.
    • Cornell offers many courses that take up this subject matter, courses that are offered through departments and programs for whom these subject areas constitute primary academic foci (e.g., Africana Studies and Research Center, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Latina/o Studies Program, Department of Asian Studies) but, also, courses that can be found in a number of other academic units across the university

Students should confirm with their AASP advisor (as early as possible and certainly no later than the beginning of the semester prior to graduation) that the courses selected are eligible to be used to fulfill the requirements for the Asian American Studies Minor. The AASP minor application must be approved by the Asian American Studies Program prior to graduation.

Resource Center

The program’s Asian American Studies Resource Center, located in 422 Rockefeller Hall, provides meeting space for undergraduate student organizations. It also holds a modest print collection of books, periodicals, and newspapers; a current news clipping file; a comprehensive database of publications on Asian Americans since 1977; and a sizable collection of videotapes and DVDs as well as music CDs on the Asian American experience. Resource Center staff also maintain the Program and Resource Center website, which includes a national database of Asian American/Pacific Islander-related internships.


The program encourages faculty and student research on Asian Americans by sponsoring guest lectures, conferences, film festivals, readings, and exhibits. It also funds research projects and student travel to conferences and research sites.