Minor in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies
A minor in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies is for any student interested in understanding how national and global questions of race and inequality intersect, and specifically in learning about the histories, literatures, cultures and contemporary realities of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The United States is a multiethnic, multinational nation in a world marked by migration and interdependence. The AAPI minor will broaden your awareness of the world and deepen your understanding of this country’s multiracial history and character while also enabling you to situate the American experience within a larger global context.
As an AAPI minor, you can expect to hone your critical thinking, writing and research — skills that will make you an informed citizen of the 21st century and well prepared to pursue graduate study in this discipline or a career in a wide array of professions, including government, law, education, arts and business.
Joining the ranks of some of this country’s finest institutions of higher education, Brandeis recently established this minor in recognition of student activists’ demand for a more inclusive curriculum; the subject’s popularity among students from a range of disciplines; and the university’s longstanding commitment to celebrate the many diasporic and cultural identities that comprise our community.
The AAPI minor enables you to take a truly interdisciplinary approach as you engage with leading scholars in the study of Asian American and Pacific Islander histories, literatures, cultures and contemporary realities.