The Asian American Studies Minor at UIC
Asian American Studies explores the histories, identities, cultural expressions, social and community formations, and politics of people of Asian ancestry (including but not limited to those from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) in the United States.
The Asian American Studies Program at UIC will create opportunities in the classroom, in scholarship, and through campus and community advocacy for students to comprehend Asian American experiences as fundamental to the fabric of U.S. society and as linked to the experiences of other communities of color in the United States as well as Asian diasporas globally. Program courses will provide a transformative education that is interdisciplinary in approach that reflects the program's four thematic foci: Transnational / diasporic studies which examines Asian migrations and diasporic communities in relation to larger global processes of empire, nation-building, and globalization; Intersectional Race / Gender studies, which contextualizes Asian American experiences in the historical and contemporary interplays of race, gender, an dother social markers in the United States,Community Engagementi, and Activism and Social Justice.
Requirements for Minor
Students must complete 15 semester hours, including at least 9 semester hours at or above the 200-level, from the list of courses approved by the ASAM Committee. Only one Asian Studies or Asian language course may satisfy the requirement of the minor. Further, at least two of the four courses must be from different disciplinary fields (for example, English, Sociology, History, Anthropology, etc.), or otherwise approved by the minor advisor.