Hmong Diaspora Studies

The Hmong Diaspora Studies certificate program provides students with a multidisciplinary perspective on Hmong history, culture, and contemporary life.

Wisconsin and the upper Midwest are home to large concentrations of Hmong Americans , making this area of study particularly relevant to UWM students. Political unrest and international wars forced many Hmong from Laos to leave their native land during the last quarter of the twentieth century and seek refuge in foreign nations. Hmong populations can now be found throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Each area has its own distinct social, cultural, economic, and political conditions.

The certificate program includes courses about Hmong history, language, and culture, as well as classes that discuss the societal differences encountered by Hmong people. The certificate complements many different types of majors and is valuable for individuals who intend to work with the Hmong population in careers such as social work, education, public administration, law, journalism, international affairs, travel and hospitality, and global business.

UWM students have in recent years traveled to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to complement their classroom experience with a study abroad trip.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total Hmong Credits

18 credits

Required Courses (6 credits)

Hmong 105 - First semester Hmong and/or demonstrated literacy, 3 credits
or
Hmong 107 - First semester of Hmong Literacy, 3 credits

Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life, 3 credits

Southeast Asian History (3 credits)

Hist 287 - The Vietnam War, 3 credits

Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1880, 3 credits

Hist 402 - Topics in Asian History: (with appropriate subtitle) , 3 credits

Electives (9 credits)

Primary Focus on Hmong Cultural Groups: at least 6 credits selected from:

  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar: “Hmong American Life Stories” or “Southeast Asian American Life Stories”, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 350 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies: "Hmong Diasporic Communities" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 499 - Ad Hoc: (with Hmong-related subtitle)
  • Ethnic 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • FLL 103 - First Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle, 3 credits
  • FLL 104 - Second Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle, 3 credits
  • FLL 107 - First Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 credits
  • FLL 108 - Second Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 credits
  • FLL 203 - Third Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle, 3 credits
  • FLL 204 - Fourth Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: “Hmong” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hmong 106 - Second Semester Hmong, 3 credits
  • Hmong 108 - Second Semester Hmong Literacy, 3 credits
  • Hmong 299 - Ad Hoc: (with Hmong-related subtitle), 1-6 credits
  • Hist 297 - Study Abroad: “Exploring Laos – History and Culture” subtitle, 1 -12 credits
  • Hist 497 - Study Abroad: “Exploring Laos – History and Culture” subtitle, 1-12 credits
  • Hmong 499 - Ad Hoc: (with Hmong-related subtitle), 1-6 credits
  • Hmong 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Hmong xxx - All courses in the Hmong curricular area

Secondary Focus on Hmong Cultural Groups:

  • Anthro 150* - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 250 - Women’s Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective, 3 credits
  • Anthro 323 - Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia, 3 credits
  • English 150* - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar: “Southeast Asian American Life Stories” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 102 - Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American, and Latino Identity, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 150* - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • Hist 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective, 3 credits
  • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Hist 372 - Topics in Global History: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1880 (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Hist 402 - Topics in Asian History: (with appropriate subtitle) (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Hist 436 - Immigrant America Since 1880, 3 credits
  • Sociol 150* - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • WGS 150* - Multicultural America, 3 credits
* Students may count credits in just one of these courses toward the certificate.

Additional Requirements

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.

GPA Requirements

To obtain the certificate, the student must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.