Minor: Asian⁄Pacific Islander American Studies

Minors in American Culture

American Culture offers a general minor in addition to minors from our Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies units. The American Culture minor gives skills, information, and techniques from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines. Students engage comparative ethnic studies, history, literature, film/media studies, religion, music, art, digital technologies, women's studies, folklore, sexuality studies, and ethnography. Our curriculum allows students a better understanding of the nation's diversity and the U.S.'s role in a global context. We explore what it has meant — and continues to mean — to claim to be an "American." The department also offers a minor in Digital Studies. 

Appointments with the respective advisor can be scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/undergraduate/advising

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minor

A minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies is not open to students with any minor in the Department of American Culture. 

The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (A/PIA) program within American Culture offers interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate courses focusing on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and experiences.

A/PIA is a focal point for university research and teaching on issues concerning Asian American and Pacific Islanders, providing resources for their understanding. The unique historical and political circumstances surrounding the incorporation of Asian immigrants and Pacific Islanders into American society, and the broad range of stratification spanning such communities, underscores the richness and theoretical importance of studying A/PIA communities alongside – and often in contrast to – that of other groups in the United States.

Students may take a full range of courses examining the historical, political, economic, literary, artistic, cultural, and psychological forces, which have shaped and continue to shape the lives and communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies is intended for students who wish to develop a coherent understanding of the contributions of the Asian/Pacific Islander American presence in American life, history, and thought.

Students interested in pursuing a course of study in A/PIA should contact Scott Kurashige, Director of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies. 

Prerequisites to the Minor

None.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 15 credits, in the following categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: ASIANPAM 214 / AMCULT 214: Introduction to Asian/Pacific American Studies 
  2. Electives: Four courses (minimum of 12 credits). These courses may be taken from within, or from across, any of the three areas of specialty listed below that are regularly offered in A/PIA, as well as other 200- and 300-level courses occasionally offered in A/PIA. One of these four courses may be a 100-level course (e.g., Freshman Seminar on an A/PIA topic), while 200 and 300 level courses with A/PIA content offered in other departments can count if approved by the A/PIA Director:
    1. Historical Experience:
      • ASIANPAM 314 / AMCULT 314 / HISTORY 378. History of Asian Americans in the U.S.
      • ASIANPAM 317 / AMCULT 317.History of the Pacific Islands.
      • appropriate sections of AMCULT 310 (Topics in Ethnic Studies) or AMCULT 496 (Social Science Approaches to American Culture), chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    2. Cultural Expression:
      • ASIANPAM 324 / AMCULT 324 / ENGLISH 381. Asian American Literature.
      • ASIANPAM 325 / AMCULT 325 / ENGLISH 388. Pacific Literacy and Cultural Studies.
      • appropriate sections of AMCULT 311 (Topics in Ethnic Studies) or AMCULT 498 (Capstone Seminar in American Culture), chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    3. Contemporary Communities:
      • ASIANPAM 305 / AMCULT 305. Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
      • ASIANPAM 346 / AMCULT 346. Asian American Communities and Social Issues
      • ASIANPAM 347 / AMCULT 347. Pacific Islander American Communities
      • appropriate sections of AMCULT 301 (Topics in American Culture) or 310 (Topics in Ethnic Studies), chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
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Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minor (Fall 2010-Fall 2012) +

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
Effective Date: Fall 2010-Fall 2012

A minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies is not open to students with any minor in the Department of  American Culture.

The minor in Asian/pacific Islander American Studies is intended for students who wish to develop a coherent understanding of the contributions of the Asian/Pacific Islander American presence in American life, history, and thought.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Program's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/undergraduate/.

Prerequisites to the Minor: none.

Academic Minor Program: At least 15 credits.

  1. AMCULT 214: Introduction to Asian/Pacific American Studies
  2. Core: 4 courses, with a minimum of 12 credits. These courses may be taken from within, or from across, any of the 3 areas of specialty listed below that are regularly offered in A/PIA, as well as other 200 and 300 level courses occasionally offered in A/PIA.  1 of these 4 courses may be a 100-level course (e.g. Freshman Seminar on an A/PIA topic), while 200 and 300 level courses with A/PIA content offered in other departments can count if approved by the A/PIA Director:
    1. Historical Experience: AMCULT 314, 317, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 310 or 496 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    2. Cultural Expression: AMCULT 324, 325, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 311 or 498 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    3. Contemporary Communities: AMCULT 305, 346, 347, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 301 or 310 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minor (Fall 2010-Summer 2012) +

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
Effective Date: Fall 2010-Summer 2012

An academic minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies is not open to students with any concentration or academic minor in the Program in American Culture.

The academic minor in Asian/pacific Islander American Studies is intended for students who wish to develop a coherent understanding of the contributions of the Asian/Pacific Islander American presence in American life, history, and thought.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Program's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/undergraduate/.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: none.

Academic Minor Program: At least 15 credits.

  1. AMCULT 214: Introduction to Asian/Pacific American Studies
  2. Core: 4 courses, with a minimum of 12 credits. These courses may be taken from within, or from across, any of the 3 areas of specialty listed below that are regularly offered in A/PIA, as well as other 200 and 300 level courses occasionally offered in A/PIA.  1 of these 4 courses may be a 100-level course (e.g. Freshman Seminar on an A/PIA topic), while 200 and 300 level courses with A/PIA content offered in other departments can count if approved by the A/PIA Director:
    1. Historical Experience: AMCULT 314, 317, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 310 or 496 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    2. Cultural Expression: AMCULT 324, 325, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 311 or 498 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.
    3. Contemporary Communities: AMCULT 305, 346, 347, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 301 or 310 chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor.

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Academic Minor (Fall 2003-Summer 2010) +

 

Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
Effective Date: Fall 2003 through Summer 2010 

An academic minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies is not open to students with any concentration or academic minor in the Program in American Culture.

The academic minor in Asian/pacific Islander American Studies is intended for students who wish to develop a coherent understanding of the contributions of the Asian/Pacific Islander American presence in American life, history, and thought.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Asian/Pacific American Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Program's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at https://www.lsa.umich.edu/ac/undergrad/.


Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: AMCULT 214.

Academic Minor Program: At least 15 credits, as described below.

  1. Core: Two courses chosen from any two of the following three areas:
    1. Historical Experience: AMCULT 314, 317, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 310 or 496 chosen in consultation with and approved by the advisor.

    2. Cultural Expression: AMCULT 324, 325, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 311 or 498 chosen in consultation with and approved by the advisor.

    3. Contemporary Communities: AMCULT 346, 347, and appropriate sections of AMCULT 301 or 310 chosen in consultation with and approved by the advisor.
  2. Electives: Six credits in Asian/Pacific American Studies. Students may elect a comparative ethnic studies course that includes an Asian/Pacific American component. No more than one course may be below the 300-level. Electives may be drawn from occasional special offering in other units such as Screen Arts and Cultures or Theatre and Drama.
  3. AMCULT 305 t "Asian/Pacific American Community Service and Learning." (3 credits).


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