Asian American Studies


Asian American Studies (AAS) is an academic discipline that focuses on the historical and contemporary issues regarding the Asian diaspora in the United States. The Asian-American studies minor examines the diverse experience of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US, including their literatures, cultures, religions, histories, racial and gender identities, political participations, and their relationships to their homelands and other Asian diasporas. 

About this Program

Born out of student demand for ethnic studies during the 1960s, the first AAS program was created at San Francisco State University in 1968. Since then, AAS has made its way to college campuses across the nation. In the fall of 2004, AAS made its way to the University of Florida, the first institution in the southeast to offer such a program.

The AAS minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides an opportunity to concentrate on Asian American racial politics, gender issues, community building, and culture. The minor is fulfilled through completion of three required courses in Asian American Studies and two elective courses with significant coverage on any aspect of race in the US or Asian culture. In the past, core courses such as Asian-American and African-American Interactions, the Sociology of Asian Americans, Asian American Politics, Asian American Film, and Asian American literature have been offered.

The AAS minor is open to all students with an overall 2.0 GPA. Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.

Required Courses

Required courses are generally offered every other year. Sometimes new required courses might be offered. Required course offerings for the current and following semester are posted on the English department website. 
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Select 9 credits:9
Asian American Studies (Introduction to Asian American Literature) 1
Asian American Studies (Asian American and African American Interactions) 1
Special Topics in Chinese Studies (Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Global Cinema) 1
Race and Ethnicity in Film (Asian American Cinema) 1
Film Studies (Martial Arts Cinema) 1
Special Topics in Political Science (Asian American Politics) 1
Religion and the American Immigrant Experience (Hindu Traditions in America)
Special Topics in Religious Studies (American Buddhism) 1
Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Women's Studies (Women of Color in the US: Asian American Women) 1
Approved electives6
Total Credits15

Must be taken under this specific course title.

 Approved Electives

These electives might not be offered every year. Approved electives are any courses dealing with race/ethnicity in the US or Asian culture, excluding language courses

Courses Dealing with Race/Ethnicity in the US
AFA 2000Introduction to African American Studies3
AML 3605African American Literature 13
AML 3607African American Literature 23
AML 4170Studies in American Literary Forms (Indian Captivity Narratives) 13
AML 4685Race and Ethnicity (Race and Gender in US Latina Literature) 13
LIT 4930Variable Topics in Literature and Language (Third World Women Poetry and Short Stories) 13
POS 4624Race, Law and the Constitution3
POS 4931Special Topics in Political Science (Multicultural Politics) 13
SYA 4931Department Honors in Sociology (Race, Class, and Gender) 13
SYD 3700Sociology of Race and Racism in the US3

Must be taken under this specific course title.