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The Asian American Studies Program (AASP) is an interdisciplinary program and offers a range of courses on the history and contemporary experiences of Asian immigrants to the Americas, with close attention paid to how Asian immigrants are an integral part of the history of the United States, continuously redefining American culture and reconstituting American society.

The AASP is located in a global city, with unmatched cultural and intellectual resources and diverse and dynamic Asian populations: our faculty and students actively contribute to scholarship and advocacy in the field of Asian American studies as engaged members of New York City’s diverse Asian American communities and community-based organizations. Our courses are discussion-driven and firmly rooted in the belief that linkages between theory and practice must always be maintained; as a result, our program works actively to be a bridge between the Hunter College campus community and the city and nation’s rapidly expanding APA populations.

The program draws its faculty and course offerings from traditional disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology, political science, education and literature, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as American ethnic studies; women, gender, and sexuality studies; postcolonial studies; international human rights; and policy studies. The AASP grounds its curriculum in the firm belief that a rigorous intersectional approach to Asian American studies necessitates an alliance of these areas and methods of study.

What can I do with my minor in Asian American Studies?

Graduates who minor in Asian American Studies enter careers including business, international trade and industry, teaching and academic research, diplomacy, development agencies and immigration and social service.

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Vivian Louie
(212) 772-4053

Program Office:

1338 Hunter West
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