A minor in Comparative and Diaspora Studies requires 18 semester credit hours spread across the representative regions of the AMES concentration: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, or the Asia-Pacific.
Students are required to take AMES 250 and a history course from one of these representative regions. No more than 50 percent of the credit hours can be taken in any one region, and at least 9 of the 18 semester credit hours should be taken at the 300-400 level.
Students are encouraged to pursue large thematic issues that cross regional boundaries, such as Women in Asia, Asia and the Environment, Asian-Americans Performance and Identity, and Islam in Asia. Courses for this minor can be selected from any of the existing lists for East Asian, Middle East or South Asian Studies, or from other departments as long as they are chosen in consultation with an AMES faculty member. Courses taken while participating in William and Mary’s approved study-abroad programs can count toward the minor.