Research Opportunities

Exploring varieties of Asian American experience

As an integral part of a liberal arts education at Indiana University, Asian American Studies is an academic program that prepares students for the promise and challenges of the 21st century world. We offer opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the multicultural and multi-racial history and character of the American experience, and to locate this experience in a larger global context.

An interdisciplinary program, Asian American Studies at IU aims to:

  • facilitate inquiry into the socio-political, historical, artistic and practical contributions of Asian Americans to American culture
  • foster awareness of Asian American experiences as part of the ongoing development of America, connected with the experiences of other racial groups in the U.S., as well as the lives of Asian migrants worldwide
  • enable students to develop domestic and global perspectives as effective and responsible agents in a rapidly changing world
  • equip students with traditional critical, investigative, and analytical skills, and the intellectual and creative resources that will serve them in their personal and professional lives

Undergraduate research

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AAST-A 499 Capstone Seminar in Asian American Studies

(3 cr.)

P: Consent of the program director. A faculty-supervised course of independent research utilizing a specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach and culminating in a paper or report. The project may incorporate a practical or service-learning component and the use of diverse media. The report must include a written, analytical component.

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AAST-X 490 Independent Readings and Research in Asian American Studies

(3 cr.)

P: Consent of instructor and program director. Independent readings or research project in Asian American studies. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in AAST-A 495 and AAST-X 490.

Graduate student travel awards

Our program offers travel awards for graduate students to conduct research and creative activity, and to attend conferences.

Learn about travel awards