Asian and Asian American Studies

As an Ad Hoc Major

Students can combine Asian and Asian American studies courses with other liberal arts disciplines as well as courses in international business to devise a unique arts and sciences ad hoc major requiring 30–33 credits. The program must be approved by the chairpersons of the appropriate departments and the Office of the Associate Dean, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in including Asian and Asian American studies courses as part of this major should arrange to meet with a faculty advisor (see below).  Please click here for more detailed information on the ad hoc major declaration process.

As a Minor

The minor in Asian and Asian American studies is an interdisciplinary concentration offering the advanced study of Asian cultures and the histories and experiences of communities of Asian descent residing in the United States. This 9-credit minor is an ideal choice for students majoring in accounting, business, finance, management, or any discipline in the liberal arts. This minor is particularly recommended for students who are preparing for careers in education, law, business, social work, journalism, politics, and nonprofit organizations.

To complete the liberal arts minor in Asian and Asian American studies, students are required to take two courses numbered 3000 and higher from the electives list and a capstone course.

In addition to fulfilling the 9-credit requirement, students interested in the Asian and Asian American studies minor are strongly advised to take at least one year of Chinese or Japanese language courses.

For more information check the current Undergraduate Bulletin.


Program Director:

Professor Shigeru Suzuki ; 646-312-4235

Program Committee Members:

Carla Bellamy - Sociology and Anthropology
Charlotte Brooks - History
Eva Chou - English
Kenneth Guest - Sociology and Anthropology
Ping Xu - Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
John Yu - Modern Languages and Comparative Literature


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