Structure of the Concentration

The concentration in Asian American Studies requires five courses:

  • one introductory gateway course at the 100- or 200-level
  • three electives that meet the following, non-mutually-exclusive, requirements:
    • one must be a core elective
    • one must take a transnational, diasporic, or comparative ethnic studies approach
    • one must be at the 300-level or higher
    • two must be taken in at least two different divisions of the college
    • In addition, up to one course may be taken while studying abroad or away
  • a capstone project, pursued in the context of a 400-level senior seminar; capstone projects must be approved by the Program Advisory Committee, using this form.

What’s a capstone project?

A capstone project is a semester-long project that builds significantly on your coursework and other learning experiences (such as internships, employment, or organizing/activism) related to Asian American Studies. The project can be academic, creative, or a hybrid of the two, and can lead to a paper, work of art, piece of media, major grant proposal, museum exhibit (proposed or actual)…and so on! The main requirements are 1) well-developed research; 2) drafts or practice that lead to the final project; and 3) a public presentation of your capstone.

Think of your capstone as your most sustained and outward engagement with Asian American Studies. It’s your opportunity to show yourself, and your audience, what you’ve studied, learned, are thinking about, and, maybe what you want to continue thinking about after Williams.

For students pursuing a capstone in the spring, the form is due on December 19th. The faculty on the Program Advisory Committee will then review your responses and may ask you for more info. Final approval for your capstone project will be communicated over email by the program chair, by the end of the first week of Winter Study.