SHARE WITH STUDENTS: New Global Asian Studies courses for students!

Global Asian Studies courses for incoming new students

GLAS 105 (1-credit seminar) is a component of the Asian American Mentor Program. AAMP provides incoming first-year and transfer students with peer mentors who will show them around, give them tips for college success, and connect them with campus resources. The 1-credit course, GLAS 105 focuses on Asian American Identity and Culture presenting variety of topics such as Asian American and Pacific Islander identities and communities, campus resources, parental expectations, media representations, and more! Outside of class, students will have the opportunity to participate in large group outings as well as small group social activities on and off-campus. AAMP also provides writing, and math tutors as well as other services and support to ease the transition to UIC and college. Please encourage students to apply:

Please note that GLAS 105 in the spring semester is open to all continuing students but in the fall it is for incoming new students participating in AAMP.

GLAS 105 Asian and/or Asian American Studies Seminar Instructor: Karen Su

T 3:30-4:20 pm
CRN 40130

W 1:00-1:50 pm
CRN 40131

R 12:30-1:20 pm
CRN 40128

F 11:00-11:50 am
CRN 40127
Topic: Asian American Identities, Cultures, and Communities.
This seminar is part of the Asian American Mentor Program, a unique program designed to support new first-year or transfer students in their first semester at UIC.* The weekly seminar focuses on Asian American identities, cultures, and communities. We will critically examine historical events, the media, popular culture, and personal narratives to study how social, academic, personal, and community issues impact Asian Americans, while paying attention to distinctions between Asian American and Pacific Islander identities and issues. In addition, students will be introduced to college life and campus resources to ease the transition to UIC.
*To apply for the Asian American Mentor Program, please visit
2) General Education Courses with Enhanced Tutoring: This fall, GLAS 100, 120, and 230 are the introductory courses that integrate writing tutoring into the course. These are a great way for new students to meet general education requirements and receive extra support for writing.

GLAS 100
Introduction to Global Asian Studies Instructor: Michael Jin
TR 9:30-10:45 am
CRN 40132

This course examines various historical, cultural, and political representations of Asia, Asian America, and Asians in the world. Students will explore how peoples and ideas from Asia and across transoceanic and transnational diasporas have influenced a globalized world and continue to inform our contemporary understanding of Asia and Asian America. The course also examines how historical issues such as colonialism, war, global capitalism, and migration have shaped the experiences and representations of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and peoples in Asian diasporas.
GLAS 120 Introduction to Asian American Studies
Instructor: Corrine Kodama

TR 12:30-1:45 pm
CRN 40123/40124

This course provides students with a survey of major concepts, methods, and debates in the study of Asian American studies. Students will also gain an introduction to the histories, community institutions, and contemporary issues of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

GLAS 230 Cultural Politics of Asian American Food Instructor:Anna Guevarra

M 3:00-5:45 pm
CRN 40125 Using food as a storyteller to capture the heterogeneity and depth of Asian American’s lived experiences, this interdisciplinary course examines issues of Asian American identity and community formations as they are produced at the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and are inextricably linked to global and transnational dynamics. In this course, we turn to food to narrate stories about diaspora, home, empire, memory, and history, as we grapple with the relations of power and structural forces that shape the social inequalities and inform Asian American lives.

These programs are part of the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative which supports the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, primarily aiming to serve students who are first generation college students, low-income, immigrant, English language learner and/or in need of academic support. The programs are also open to any UIC student interested in learning about AAPI issues, cultures, and histories