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Minoring in Asian American Studies

Minor Requirements (7 units) 1
1 core course chosen from the following:
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Introduction to Asian American History
Asian American History
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Introduction to Asian American Literature
5 additional courses in Asian American Studies. 2
1 Ethnic Studies course in a discipline other than Asian American Studies that explicitly focuses on race and ethnicity in the United States. Contact DUS for course approval and application toward your minor requirement (it is not automatic). First-year seminar courses do not count toward the minor.
At least 3 of the 7 courses must be at the 300 level.
Up to 2 courses from other units with significant coverage of Asian American issues may count toward the 5 courses with permission of the DUS. 

How to Declare a Minor in Asian American Studies

First, take a look at the requirements. Then talk with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) about your plans, fill out the Declaration of Minor form and the appropriate worksheet (please download pdf below). The major/minor declaration forms and instructions can be found under “Forms and Processes here:


The DUS is responsible for approving and signing all Declaration of Minor forms, all transfer credits, study abroad approvals and credit evaluation/transfer and, most importantly, all petitions to graduate. All Northwestern undergraduates who are interested in the minor or who want to talk about Asian American Studies are encouraged to meet with the DUS. Email for an appointment. 

This worksheet can help you plan for a minor in Asian American Studies. It’s a great way to take stock of where you are before you meet with the DUS to talk about your interest in the major.

The DUS for Asian American Studies is:

Prof. Shalini Shankar