We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to get into the courses that are necessary to graduate, and we know that most of the Asian American Studies Program's courses fulfill the Hunter College Pluralism and Diversity requirement. However, permission to overtally can be given by the instructor only, not by the Director, and overtallies must be completed using the Overtally Request Form, available outside 1336 Hunter West.
If you want to contact an instructor in order to ask her/him to sign your Overtally Request Form, please contact her/him via email beforehand. AASP instructors can be contacted via email on the faculty web pages on this site. Please note, however, that most AASP instructors prefer to keep their classes no larger than 30 students.
Overtally permission via e-mail, telephone, or scribbled on a piece of paper will not be accepted.
If the instructor does sign your Overtally Request Form, this form should be submitted to Ms. Lisa Steadwell, in Room 1717 Hunter WEST.
Asian American Studies courses rely heavily on dynamic and relaxed classroom discussion; basically, all AASP instructors run their classrooms as though they are teaching a seminar. All Asian American Studies faculty expect their students to arrive to class having read that day's material and to be prepared to talk about what they have read. If our classes are too large - more than 30 students - it can be very difficult to get students to engage not just with the material, but with their peers as well. As a result, we do our best to limit our courses to no more than 30 students.
We hope you understand that we limit overtallies in order to improve the classroom experience for all students, and to make it possible for everyone - the instructor included - to build a dynamic intellectual community around the course topic. When you do take one of our courses, we are confident that you will benefit from this policy as well.