Founded in 1991, the Asian American Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest Asian American Studies program in the Midwest. Our program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, history, literature, culture, and social concerns. Undergraduate students from any major who take 12 credits of coursework can earn a Certificate in Asian American Studies; additionally, those who take 2 courses in HMoob American Studies can earn an HMoob American Studies Emphasis. Asian American Studies is led by a core group of tenure-track faculty who have joint appointments in Asian American Studies, as well as lecturers and graduate students. We also have a Program Advisory Committee of over 20 affiliate faculty and staff from our interdisciplinary partners across campus.
Students who earn a certificate in Asian American Studies will enhance learning in the following areas:
- Advance understandings about Asian American racial formation in the U.S.
- Increase and deepen ability to critically analyze how race works together with ideas about gender, sexuality, class, and nationality to shape social identities and their status in U.S. society
- Enhance insights into how Asian Americans are situated in relation to other minoritized groups such as African Americans, Latinxs, and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
- Develop a set of social, historical, and/or cultural contexts from which to make sense of current events