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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


Hmong Diaspora Studies


Chia Vang, Associate Professor, History, Coordinator, HLT 324, (414) 229-1101, vangcy@uwm.edu

The Hmong Diaspora Studies Certificate Program provides undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary perspective on and knowledge of Hmong history, culture and contemporary life. The scope of the program extends beyond U.S. borders. While the vast majority of people of Hmong ethnicity today live in southern China, pockets of Hmong people can be found in other parts of Asia, Europe, Oceania, and North and South America. As there is no Hmong nation state, people of Hmong ethnicity exist as minorities in all areas of the world. Their lives differ significantly depending on the social, cultural, economic, and political contexts of specific locations. In line with UWM’s commitment to training global citizens, the Hmong Diaspora Studies Program enables students to compare and contrast the experiences of people of Hmong ethnicity throughout the world.

The Hmong Diaspora Studies Certificate is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted as a non-degree student, the individual must meet regular UWM admission requirements.

Program Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.50, at least 18 credits in approved Hmong diaspora studies courses as indicated below. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

1. Ethnic/Hmong 265 Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life
2. 1 semester of Hmong language and/or literacy
3. 1 semester of Southeast Asian History selected from the following:

Hist 287 The Vietnam War
Hist 382 Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1880
Hist 402 Topics in Asian History: (with appropriate subtitle; consult program coordinator)

4. Nine additional credits selected from the list of approved courses, at least 6 of which must be selected from courses with a primary focus on Hmong cultural groups.

Of the 18 required credits, 12 must be taken in the College of Letters and Science, at least six of them at the 300 level or above. No more than nine credits from any one curricular area may count toward the certificate. Twelve of the 18 required credits must be earned in residence at UWM. Of these 12 credits, nine must be taken at the 300 level or above. A maximum of six credits in independent study may count toward program requirements.

Approved Elective Courses

Primary Focus on Hmong Cultural Groups

English 192

First-Year Seminar: “Hmong American Life Stories” subtitle

Ethnic 350

Advanced Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies: "Hmong Diasporic Communities" subtitle

Ethnic 299

Ad Hoc: (w/Hmong-related subtitle)

Ethnic 499

Ad Hoc: (w/Hmong-related subtitle)

Ethnic 699

Advanced Independent Study

FLL 103 First Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle

FLL 104

Second Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle

FLL 107

First Semester Hmong Literacy

FLL 108

Second Semester Hmong Literacy

FLL 203

Third Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle

FLL 204

Fourth Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle

Hist 297

Study Abroad: “Exploring Laos – History and Culture” subtitle

Hist 373

Study Abroad: “Exploring Laos – History and Culture” subtitle

Hmong xxx

All courses in the Hmong curricular area

Secondary Focus on Hmong Cultural Groups

Anthro 150* Multicultural America
Anthro 250 Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anthro 323 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
English 150* Multicultural America
English 192 First-Year Seminar: “Southeast Asian American Life Stories” subtitle
Ethnic 102 Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American, and Latino
Identity
Ethnic 250 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies (with appropriate subtitle)
Hist 150* Multicultural America
Hist 269 Asian Americans in Historical Perspective
Hist 287 The Vietnam War (if not selected above)
Hist 372 Topics in Global History: (with appropriate subtitle)
Hist 382 Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1880 (if
not selected above)
Hist 402 Topics in Asian History: (with appropriate subtitle) (if not selected
above)
Hist 436 Immigrant America Since 1880
Sociol 150* Multicultural America
Wmns 150* Multicultural America

*Students may count credits in just one of these courses toward the certificate.

Independent study courses focusing on Hmong cultural groups may be accepted with the approval of the certificate program committee. Other courses not on this list but relevant to the study of Hmong people in the U.S. and other parts of the world may be accepted with the approval of the certificate program committee.

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements with the approval of the certificate program committee. Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the creation of the program may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and non-degree students will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.

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