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The Asian Studies Minor at James Madison University condemns the ongoing and widespread wave of anti-Asian violence and discrimination across this year, culminating in the most recent attack in Atlanta. Americans have a long and complicated history of xenophobia, anti-immigration and discrimination directed at our Asian communities that are often supported in policy and the law. We echo President Alger’s statement of support for our faculty, students, and staff in the Asian and AAPI community and other marginalized groups. We continue to counter bigotry and other forms of hate inside the classroom and out through international collaboration, scholarly engagement and other educational activities.

To report harmful acts on campus,

  • For emergencies or for immediate responses, call 911 or JMU Public Safety at 540-568-6911.
  • If you experience or witness harassment, report the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity at 540-568-6991 or at oeo@jmu.edu. See more at Reporting Bias or Hate Incidents.

For counseling and other resources,

To learn more about Asian communities in Virginia and across the United States:


This minor offers students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the cultures, history, political institutions, economy and geography of Asia. The program provides students a background in the most populous and economically dynamic region of the world.

Students who choose to minor in Asian Studies benefit from broad geographical and topical course offerings. Education received in these courses, combined with the student’s major degree, offers students cultural breadth to distinguish themselves in the job market, provides them with the basis for future graduate study, or lays a foundation for overseas employments be it in Business, Communications, English instruction, or International finance.

Download a brochure (PDF). 

Login to MyMadison to declare the minor. See information here.

If you would like to declare an Asian Studies minor, or if you have questions about the minor, please contact:

Dr. Michael Seth, Coordinator
Department of History
540.568.7801
sethmj@jmu.edu

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