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Minoring in Asian American Studies

To receive a minor in Asian American Studies students must complete 7 distinct courses.

6 distinct courses in Asian American Studies:

One related course:

Freshman seminars cannot count towards the minor. Courses may not be double counted toward another major or minor.

Asian American Studies Courses for the Minor

Core Courses (Choose 1):

Electives at 200-Level (Choose 2):

The core courses can also be taken as elective courses.

Introductory Topics Courses: May be taken more than once if topics are different.

Advanced Electives at 300-Level (choose 3):

Advanced Topics Courses: May be taken more than once if topics are different.

Related Course: Ethnic Studies Courses (choose 1)

A variety of academic units offer courses with Ethnic Studies content that may fulfill this requirement. Such units include the African American Studies Department, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, History, American Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, English, Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Legal Studies, etc. All courses taken for this requirement must be approved by the minor advisor, DUS, or Program Director.

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

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