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Sharmila Rudrappa, Director BUR 556, Mailcode A2200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-9468

Asian American Studies Graduate Portfolio Program

The Graduate Portfolio in Asian American Studies provides certification of teaching and research expertise for MA and Ph.D. students working on projects concerning Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.  The program serves students concerned with questions of migration and citizenship, transnationalism and globalization, the politics of representation, race, ethnicity, gender, social theory, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and imperialism.  Relevant courses are taught by faculty across campus, but particularly in the areas of media and communications, English, History, American Studies, Human Ecology, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, comparative race and ethnicity, Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies, and public policy.  The AAS portfolio is intended to complement existing programs and should not extend time to graduation.


The MA and Ph.D. Portfolios require the completion of twelve credit hours in approved graduate level courses. The twelve credit hours in the Portfolio can include three hours from one independent study or directed reading with an affiliated faculty member, and at least two of the courses must be taken outside the student's home department.


Courses that have received approval as fulfilling portfolio requirements being offered in the forthcoming semester are listed on the Approved Courses page.

See Sample Classes that may fulfill AAS Portfolio requirements.


Students, including those from departments with no faculty representatives in the program, can enter the portfolio program at any point in their graduate work. Please click here for the application.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Assistant Director who coordinate the program in conjunction with the portfolio executive committee. 

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