Asian American Studies

Department Head: Soo Ah Kwon

Associate Head: Fiona Ngô

1208 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-9530

Graduate Minor: Asian American Studies

Graduate Degree Program

The Asian American Studies Program offers a graduate minor in Asian American Studies that is interdisciplinary in nature. The graduate minor is designed to complement the graduate work of the students’ area of concentration.


Students must be in good academic standing in a graduate or professional program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and demonstrate an interest in Asian American Studies. Those wishing to apply to the minor must submit a written statement indicating why they wish to pursue the minor, demonstrate successful completion of one course in Asian American Studies at the undergraduate or graduate level, and provide written approval to pursue the minor from their graduate advisor and graduate program director. The written statement should specifically discuss how the student’s prior academic training and/or work experiences are related to Asian American Studies, how a graduate minor in Asian American Studies fits in to their major academic program on campus, as well as how the minor would contribute to future professional development.  The written statement and other supporting material must be submitted to the Director of the Asian American Studies Program.

Graduate Minor in Asian American Studies

For the Graduate Minor in Asian American Studies to appear on the academic transcript, the student must successfully petition the Graduate College to add the Graduate Minor in Asian American Studies to their academic records.

AAS 501Theory and Methods in AAS4
or AAS 561 Race and Cultural Critique
AAS 590Asian Am Studies Seminar4
Two graduate courses from an approved list of Asian American Studies courses at either the 400 or 500 level.8
Total Hours16