Asian Canadian Studies Minor (Arts Program) - ASMIN2728

The Minor in Asian Canadian Studies focuses on community-engaged learning that explores how to understand the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political forces that affect people of Asian heritage in Canada. Our interdisciplinary courses connect students with local communities, and every course provides opportunities for students to pursue a choice of research interests. Together we critically investigate and add to knowledge about Asian Canadians.

The category "Asian Canadian" is widely understood to refer to people in Canada of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian ancestry.

Students take two required 0.5 credit core courses in Asian Canadian Studies; select from an array of courses in Asian Canadian Studies; and take additional courses related to the larger contexts of Asian Canadian Studies. The Minor in Asian Canadian Studies is easily combined with other disciplines, such as Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology, as well as with interdisciplinary studies such as Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Equity Studies, East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Near Eastern Studies.

Students will be encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities available through the Canadian Studies Program, including its journal, ImagiNATIONs, produced by and for undergraduate students and its annual undergraduate student conference. The Canadian Studies Student Union is a focal point for social as well as academic pursuits, and is open to students pursuing a Minor in Asian Canadian Studies. Students also can participate in Asian Canadian Studies student events and in the tri-campus Asian Canadian Studies Research network. The Research network brings together professors and students to discuss current research related to Asian Canadian Studies, Asian diasporas, and global Asian migrations. Students in the minor are also invited to participate in the Asian Institute’s Asian Pathways Research Lab that offers research opportunities in Toronto.

This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

(4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit at the 300+ level).

First Year: No specific first-year requirements. (Students are advised to take introductory courses that will serve as prerequisites for optional courses of interest to them later in the program.)

Subsequent year requirements:
Required courses (1.0 credit):

  1. CDN307H1 Asian Cultures in Canada
  2. CDN325H1/​ CDN225H1 Asian Canadian Space & Place

Additionally, 1.0 credit each from Requirements 3 & 4.

3. Asian Canadians and Asian Diasporas in Canada:

ANT477H1; CAS413H1; CAS450H1; CDN230H1 / HIS266H1; CDN305H1; CDN307H1; CDN367H1; CDN390H1; CDN395H1; CDN420Y1; EAS315H1; ENG268H1; ENG368H1; ENG369H1; SAS114H1; SOC218H1; WGS369H1; WGS376H1; WGS482H1.

4. Contexts of Asian Canadian Studies:

CDN202H1; CDN205H1; CDN218H1; CDN221H1; CDN267H1; CDN268H1; CDN280H1; CDN305H1; CDN335H1; CDN355H1; CDN367H1; CDN368H1; CDN380H1; CDN385H1; CDN405H1; CDN406H1; CDN420Y1; CDN425H1; CDN435Y1.

Additionally 1.0 credit from requirement 5.

5. Other Courses:

INS201Y1; INS261H1; INS301Y1; INS302H1; INS350H1; INS351Y1; INS352H1; INS353H1; INS360Y1; INS403H1; INS407H1; ABS401H1; JFP450H1; ANT204H1; ANT315H1; ANT322H1; ANT365H1; ANT412H1; CAS201H1; CAS202H1; CAS413H; CIN332Y1; CIN370H1; CSC300H1; DRM230Y1; DRM268H1; DTS200Y1; EAS105H1; EAS210Y1; EAS211Y1; EAS212H1; EAS219H1; EAS220Y1; EAS221H1; EAS300Y1; EAS310Y1; EAS320Y1; EAS401H1; EAS402H1; EAS410Y1; EAS460H1; EAS461H1; EAS474H1; ECO321H1; ECO322H1; ENG215H1; ENG252Y1; ENG350H1; ENG352H1; ENG353H1; ENG354Y1; ENG357H1; ENG359H1; ENG424H1; ENG425H1; ENG428H1; FAH248H1; FAH262H1; FAH345H1; FAH367H1; FAH457H1; FAH458H1; FAH482H1; FAH485H1; FAH486H1; FAH495H1; FIN320H1; FRE210H1; FRE314H1; FRE379H1; FEE410H1; FRE410H1; GGR124H1; GGR246H1; GGR320H1; GGR357H1; HIS262H1; HIS264H1; HIS283Y1; HIS307H1; HIS311Y1; HIS312H1; HIS313H1, HIS314H1, HIS318H1; HIS350H1; HIS363H1; HIS365H1; HIS366H1; HIS402H1; HIS405Y1; HIS410H1; HIS429H1; HIS420H1; HIS462H1; HIS464H1; HIS466H1; HIS469H1, HIS472H1; INI308H1/​ WRR308H1; INI337H1/​ URB337H1; INI385H1 / CIN370H1; INI387H1 / CIN389H1; INI437Y1/​ URB437Y1; ITA233H1; ITA334H1; ITA493H1; JFP450H1; JGI346H1/​ JGU346H1; ITA233H1; ITA334H1; ITA493H1; JFP450H1; JGI346H1/​ JGU346H1; JQR360H1; LIN201H1; LIN458H1; MUS306H1; NEW240Y1; NEW346H1/​ CSE346H1; NEW429H1/​ CAR429H1; NMC278H1; NMC315H1; NML110Y1, NML210Y1, NML360Y1, NML370Y1, NML470Y1; POL214Y1; POL224H1; POL306H1; POL308H1; POL312Y1; POL314H1; POL316Y1; POL334H1; POL336H1; POL344Y1; POL349H1; POL356H1; POL382H1; POL425Y1; POL439H1; POL462H1; POL463H1; POL467H1; POL473H1; POL474H1; POL490H1; POL490Y1; POL491H1; POL491Y1; PRT234H1; PPG301H1; RLG261H1, RLG262H1, RLG308H1; RLG426H1; SLA238H1; SMC291H1; SMC315H1; SMC320H1; SMC366H1; SMC376H1/​ CLT376H1; SMC377H1/​ CLT377H1; SMC385H1; SMC413H1/​ CLT413H1; SMC416H1/​ CLT416H1; SMC428H1; SMC466H1; SOC220H1; SOC253H5; SOC311H1; SOC336H1; SOC383H1; TRN160Y1; TRN235H1; TRN419Y1; UNI101H1/​ UNI101Y1; UNI102H1/​ UNI106H1/​ UNI102Y1; UNI103H1/​ UNI103Y1; UNI104H1/​ UNI104Y1; VIC119H1; VIC351H1; WGS380H1; SOC220H1; SOC311H1; SOC336H1; SOC383H1; TRN160Y1; TRN235H1; TRN419Y1; UNI101H1/​ UNI101Y1; UNI102H1/​ UNI106H1/​ UNI102Y1; UNI103H1/​ UNI103Y1; UNI104H1/​ UNI104Y1; VIC119H1; WGS380H1.

A full list of approved Asian Canadian Studies courses and the approved list of courses related to the contexts of Asian Canadian Studies can be found on the website at Please note that not all courses are offered on a regular basis. Students are responsible for checking co- and prerequisites for all courses. Courses that are in the current academic Calendar that include significant Canadian content may be considered, in consultation with the Canadian Studies Program Director. Consult the Canadian Studies Program Office, Room UC173, University College, 416-946-4025, E-mail:


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