Asian American Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies examines the lives, cultures, and histories of Asian Americans.

Emerging from the ethnic identity movements of the late 1960s, it has become an established academic field that encompasses history, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, political science, and women's and gender studies. It intersects significantly with the study of other minority groups in the U.S. and the study of the Asia-Pacific region.

Goals for the Asian American Studies Minor

  • To introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S.
  • To provide an understanding of how history has shaped the lives and experiences of Asian Americans
  • To examine the relationships between this group and other minority groups within the U.S.
  • To illuminate the transnational ties and global contexts of Asian Americans


Click here to view the Asian American course offerings for spring 2015. 

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of American Studies
Pendleton East
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Yoon Sun Lee
Program Director

Tel: 781.283.2561