Welcome to Asian American Studies at Stanford! We are looking forward to the 2023-2024 academic year with anticipation and excitement and hope you'll consider being a part of what we have to offer. Asian American Studies is one of the constituent programs that fall under the aegis of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and provides a space for the focused study of topics in Asian America. Writ large, the field of Asian American Studies encompasses such a diverse range of peoples, cultures, and academic foci, and we strive to touch upon a range of areas that reflect this diversity — our course offerings include not only the Humanities and Sciences, but courses in the Schools of Medicine, Law, and Education as well.
In addition, Asian American Studies frequently holds events on focused topics of interest and importance in Asian America. Just in the last year, we held sessions on affirmative action in Asian America; racial justice in college admissions; presented an immersive theater production featuring taiko, big-band jazz, and swing dance in the context of Japanese American incarceration in WWII; had several book talks, guest lecturers, and panel presentations, and sponsored students to attend the annual Association of American Studies Conference.
We anticipate another exciting year of courses and events in Asian American Studies and hope that you find a fit in what we have to offer!
Born out of the 1960s movements for student activism and third world liberation, Asian American Studies offers students intellectual frameworks and tools to critically examine issues relevant to Asian America and beyond.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Asian American Studies, students must complete 60 units.
1 Introductory course
CSRE100: Intro to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
1 Major Core Course
ASNAMST100 - Introduction to Asian American Studies
1 Comparative Core course offering a foundation in race studies
CSRE101A: Indigeneity and Colonialism
CSRE101B: Institutions and Inequities
or CSRE101C: Resistance and Liberation
1 Methodology course in a discipline of your choosing
1 International Dimension course that explores issues of race and ethnicity outside of the United States
1 Community-Engaged Learning course or preapproved project
1 Capstone course
CSRE 200X - CSRE Senior Seminar
CSRE majors draw upon their interdisciplinary expertise and training in race studies to design and complete a public-facing research project or research paper.
or CSRE 201X, 201Y & 201Z - CSRE Honors Seminar
The Honors Thesis Seminar is a year-long research- and writing-intensive sequence designed to support students as they apply their skills, knowledge, and political commitments to the investigation of a focused research question.
At least 5 additional courses in Asian American Studies (25 units minimum)
Students may apply 5 units of advanced study of an Asian language towards their Asian American Studies degree
To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.