Certificate in Asian American Studies

The Program in Asian American Studies, administered by the Program in American Studies, provides students with the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander histories, cultures, and contemporary experiences. The course of study focuses on the formative emergence of this pan-ethnic group in the United States. It also highlights Asian America’s transnational connections and contexts, including the dynamics of globalization, migration, imperialism, and post-coloniality.

The Program in Asian American Studies’ structure facilitates productive engagement with the fields of American studies and Latino studies and encourages comparative and intersectional work with the Department of African American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and other relevant fields of study that help to contextualize Asian American histories and cultures within the diversity of experiences in the U.S.

Admission to the Program

The program is open to students from all departments. Students may enroll in the Asian American studies certificate program at any time, including in their first year at Princeton. There are no prerequisites, and courses taken prior to enrollment may count towards the certificate requirements. Students may take the gateway course AMS 101 at any time during their studies, including after enrollment in the certificate program. To enroll in the program, students should complete the online enrollment form. Certificate students should meet with the undergraduate administrator of the Program in American Studies before the end of their first year of enrollment, to review their plans for fulfilling the certificate requirements, and may also consult with the associate director during their term of study.

Course of Study

Students may earn a certificate in Asian American studies by successfully completing the following requirements, consisting of five courses:

  1. AMS 101: America Then and Now
  2. Three courses in Asian American studies (ASA), either originating in the program or cross-listed, and preferably representing disciplinary breadth in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. No more than one course taken in fulfillment of a student’s concentration may be counted toward the certificate. With the approval of the associate director, a student may substitute a comparative race and ethnicity course that contains substantial Asian American studies content for one of these courses.
  3. An advanced seminar in American studies, preferably taken in the senior year.
    • Prerequisite for certificate students: AMS 101 and one other course in AMS or ASA or LAO.
    • Prerequisite for non-certificate students: one course in AMS or ASA or LAO.
    Certificate students must incorporate their area of certificate study in some way into their final paper or project for the seminar.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who fulfill all the requirements of the program will receive a certificate in Asian American studies upon graduation.