Minoring in AAADS

Minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: five upper division courses taken for a letter grade.

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student’s Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Upper Division 
Select five of the following: 
Chinese American History [4] 
Japanese American History [4] 
Korean American History [4] 
Filipino American History [4] 
Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S [4] 
Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation [4] 
South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues [4] 
Muslims in America [4] 
Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective [4] 
Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness [4] 
Topics in Asian Popular Culture [4] 
Law in the Asian American Community [4] 
Asian American Health [3] 
Advancing Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities [4]

Religions of Asian America [4]
Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities [4] 
Asian Americans and Education [4] 
Gender and Generation in Asian American Families [4] 
Asian American Women: Theory and Experience [4] 
The Second Generation Asian American Experience [4]

Asian Americans in Film and Video [4]
Asian American Literature [4] 
Creative Writing [4] 
Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States [3] 
Genre in Asian American Literature [4] 
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture [4] 
Chinese American Literature [4] 
Korean American Literature [4] 
Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies [4]

Interested in declaring a minor in AAADS?

Contact undergraduate adviser Dewey St. Germaine (email him at deweystg@berkeley.edu to ask questions or make an appointment).