Asian American Studies Certificate

"The certificate will allow me to be more knowledgeable and broaden my perspective about past and current Asian American issues in the world."

Amy Lenguyen, 2020

The Asian American Studies certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, history, literature, culture, and social concerns.

Starting in fall 2020, the certificate can be obtained by completing 12 credits of coursework.

Students receiving a certificate will have a transcript notation indicating that they have received a certificate in Asian American Studies.

The certificate program is open to any undergraduate student regardless of major or college who has an interest in Asian American Studies and is in good academic standing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Students enrolled in the certificate program also have the option to declare an emphasis in HMoob American Studies.

Interested students should contact the Asian American Studies Program at to file an Asian American Studies Certificate Application form. While many of our courses are cross-listed, registration under Asian American Studies ensures that credits earned for the certificate are recognized by the registrar’s office upon filing a Certificate Declaration form. Not all courses are offered each term. Topic courses may be repeated for credit.


Starting in fall 2020, to complete a Certificate in Asian American Studies, students must complete 12 credits of coursework (FOUR AAS courses total). Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 and complete 6 credits in residence within the certificate.

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.


Choose ANY FOUR AAS courses to fulfill certificate requirements:

  • ASIAN AM 101 Introduction to Asian Americans Studies
  • ASIAN AM 102 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • ASIAN AM 121 Asian American Movement
  • ASIAN AM 150 Literature and Culture of Asian America
  • ASIAN AM 152 Asian American Literary and Popular Culture: Race, Fantasy, Futures
  • ASIAN AM 160 Asian American History: Movement and Dislocation
  • ASIAN AM 161 Asian American History: Settlement and National Belonging
  • ASIAN AM 170 Hmong American Experiences in the United States
  • ASIAN AM 220 Ethnic Movements in the United States
  • ASIAN AM 240 Topics in Asian American Studies
  • ASIAN AM 246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the “Cold” War
  • ASIAN AM 270 Survey of Asian American Literature
  • ASIAN AM 420 Asian Americans and Media
  • ASIAN AM 441 Hmong American Social Movements in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • ASIAN AM 443 Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities
  • ASIAN AM 462 Topics in Asian American Literature
  • ASIAN AM 463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature
  • ASIAN AM 464 Asian American Women Writers
  • ASIAN AM 465 Asian American Poetry
  • ASIAN AM 540 Topics in Asian American Studies
  • ASIAN AM 560 Topics in Humanities
  • ASIAN AM 662 Mass Media and Minorities
  • ASIAN AM 669 Independent Study: Directed Readings in Asian American Studies
  • HISTORY 244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (also fulfills certificate requirement)

Other courses in Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, East Asian Languages and Literature, or Languages and Cultures of Asia may count towards the fulfillment of the comparative requirement at the approval of the director.

Please see Certificate requirements on the Guide.