Asian American Studies

Major Description

Asian American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race, gender, sexuality, diversity, citizenship, and globalization. Students will gain fundamental grounding in theory, issues, and methods in Asian American Studies. An undergraduate major in Asian American Studies is an excellent opportunity for interested students to acquire a multicultural understanding of the United States and crucial knowledge for any career in which an understanding of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality is essential. Such a program broadens student experiences beyond a specific discipline and adds to personal and academic development.

Courses That Introduce the Major
  • AAS 100 – Intro to Asian American Studies
  • AAS 200 – U.S. Race and Empire
  • AAS 215 – U.S. Citizenship Comparatively
  • AAS 300 – Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Possible Career Opportunities

The major will prepare students with the research skills that may lead to graduate study in the humanities or social sciences, or career fields including health and medicine, education, law, business, social work, digital and media industries, policy advocacy, politics, academic administration, and other fields that address Asian American issues.

  • Ability to think critically and analytically about information
  • Ability to conduct and explain research
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas through speech and writing
  • Good listening skills
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Archivist
  • Anthropologist
  • Author
  • Claims Representative
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Conference Planner
  • Corporate Trainer or Interpreter
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs or Immigration Officer
  • Editor
  • Educational Consultant
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Media Analyst
  • Multicultural Educator
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Public Administrator Community
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Specialist in Public Policy
  • Specialist in Conflict Resolution
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Trade Specialist
  • Translator
  • Travel Consultant
  • Teacher
Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • APAC: Established in 1993, the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) was born out of a need within the Asian Pacific American (APA) community on campus to have a voice, and that voice be carried directly to the administration of the University to create a positive change for the APA community. From its inception to the present, APAC has sought to reflect the diversity of the APA campus population, both on an organizational level and on an individual level. Through education and empowerment, APAC continues to pursue the building of trust and collaboration within the APA community on campus to bring needed institutional and social change.
Further Information

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Asian American Studies.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Asian American Studies.  These organizations include Association for Asian American StudiesAsian American Professional Association and the National Association of Asian American Professionals.