Minor inHmong Studies

Minoring in Hmong Studies involves exploring the culture, history and language of Hmong people worldwide. Our Hmong Studies minor is the only one of its kind in the world, providing a unique opportunity for you to augment your knowledge, language skills and cross-cultural expertise in a region and community of strategic and global importance. You’ll gain firsthand experiences in the Hmong-American community as you take 24 credit hours toward a Hmong studies minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Hmong Studies Curriculum Overview

You’ll gain firsthand experiences in the Hmong-American community as you take 24 credit hours toward a Hmong studies minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major. You’ll also have real experience to learn beyond the classroom, with tremendous opportunities to conduct research at Concordia’s Center for Hmong Studies and Archives and to interact with Hmong scholars from around the world through ongoing lectures, at special exhibits and during the Biennial International Conference on Hmong Studies hosted by Concordia. Because we design our Hmong studies program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant minor as a supplement to a variety of majors that will prepare you to work in fields such as international affairs, international business, the arts, government policy, health science, criminal justice and education.

American’s Secret War: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam

The TPT Documentary, American’s Secret War: Minnesota Remembers Vietnama film based on the Hmong experience in Laos during the Vietnam War featured a number of still images from CSP’s Center for Hmong Studies. Concordia alumnae Kaolee Vang (’11, M.A. ’15) was on the production team for the film.

An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source: mnedtrends.org)
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov)

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Meet Your Professors

Lee Pao Xiong Director of the Center for Hmong Studies, Instructor of Asian Studies

Lee Pao is widely sought after as a speaker and trainer to speak about Hmong history, culture, and society as well as on leadership and board governance related topics.

Career Potential

  • Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Government Policy
  • Graduate School
  • Health Science
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • Social Services