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

The Asian American Studies certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, history, literature, and culture. Interdisciplinary in nature, the certificate can be obtained by completing 15 credits of coursework.

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 receiving a certificate will have a transcript notation indicating that they have received a certificate in Asian American Studies. A Certificate in Asian American Studies acknowledges that a student has made a significant effort to learn about Asian American history and culture, the social location of Asian Americans in U.S. society and transnationally, and the experiences of Asian Americans, historically and contemporarily.

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. Interested students should contact Program Administrator, Nhung Nguyen to file an Asian American Studies Certificate Application form. While many of the courses below are cross-listed, registration under the Asian American Studies portion of the timetable ensures that credits earned for the certificate are recognized by the Registrar’s office upon filing a Certificate Application form. Not all courses are offered each semester. Topic courses may be repeated for credit.

Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Asian American Studies, a student must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in 15 credits of coursework:

  • 3 credits of foundation (Asian American Studies 101)
  • 9 credits of “core” courses (devoted to Asian American Issues)
  • 3 credits of “comparative” courses (exploring racial formation in a comparative context)

FOUNDATION (3 credits)

Asian Am. 101: Introduction to Asian American Studies

CORE COURSES devoted exclusively to Asian American Issues (minimum 9 credits)

Choose a minimum of three 3 credit courses

  • 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 Experiences in the United States
  • Asian Am. 240: Topics in Asian American Studies
  • Asian Am. 420: Asian Americans and Media
  • Asian Am. 464: Asian American Women Writers
  • Asian Am. 464: Asian American Women Writers
  • Asian Am. 465: Asian American Poetry
  • Asian Am. 540: Special Topics in Asian American Studies
  • Asian Am. 560: Topics in Humanities and Asian Am. Studies

COMPARATIVE COURSES (3 credits minimum)

Choose a minimum of one 3 credit course

  • Asian Am. 102: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Asian Am. 220: Ethnic Movements in the United States
  • Asian Am. 240: Topics in Asian Am. Studies
  • Asian Am. 246: Southeast Asian Refugees of the “Cold” War
  • Asian Am. 276: Chinese Migrations since 1500
  • Asian Am. 443: Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities
  • Asian Am. 463: Race and Sexuality in American Literature
  • Asian Am. 540: Special Topics in Asian American Studies
  • Asian Am. 560: Topics in Humanities and Asian Am. Studies
  • Asian Am. 662: Mass Media and Minorities
  • History 244: Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines
  • HDFS 474: Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S. (HDFS: Human Development and Family Studies)

Students can arrange to do an independent study for Asian Am Studies credit (Asian Am 699: Independent Study: Directed Readings in Asian American Studies) that may count towards the certificate.

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.