students at the Asian American Activities Center

Students at the Asian American Activities Center / Photo courtesy of A3C

Asian American Studies Program

The Asian American Studies Major and Minor offer students interdisciplinary analytical tools to actively study and research Asian American experiences. Asian American Studies classes cover a broad selection of topics and are offered in departments ranging from History to English to Music and Politics representing the breadth of interests among our diverse faculty members.

Jeanne Tsai

Jeanne Tsai

Director of Asian American Studies

Whether you are a declared Asian American Studies major or simply interested in learning more, we hope you will find some useful information on what we are, who we are, what we teach, and what some of our alumni have done with a degree in Asian American Studies.

Asian American Studies (AAS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of persons of Asian ancestry. AAS faculty recognize that the term seeks to name a rapidly developing, complex, and heterogeneous population and that there is neither a single Asian American identity nor one community that comprises all Asian Americans. Asian Americans include those with ancestral ties to countries or regions in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Philippines, among others.

AAS brings together courses that address the artistic, historical, humanistic, political, and social dimensions of Asian Americans and is an appropriate course of study for students interested in a variety of concerns related to Asian Americans, including: artistic and cultural contributions; current social significance; historical experiences; immigration, intellectual, and policy issues; relationships with other social groups; and the construction of the notion of Asian American as it addresses important theoretical and practical issues.

Major Requirements

In order to earn a B.A. in Asian American Studies, students must complete at least 60 units toward the major.

  • 15 Units of Core Curriculum 
  • 4-5 Units of a Major Core Course
  • 3-5 Units of a Methodology Course 
  • 6-10 Units if Interdiciplinary Breadth Courses 
  • 3-5 Units of an International Dimension Course
  • 20-28 Units of Asian American Focused Courses
  • One Community Engaged Learning Course 

Core Curriculum (15 Units)

Majors must take three CSRE core curriculum courses including, Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196C), an additional comparative-core course, and the CSRE Senior Seminar (CSRE 200X) taken in Autumn Quarter of their senior year.

Major Core Course (4-5 Units)

Majors are required to take one major-core course in Asian American Studies. Students who completed ENGLISH 43C/143C in a previous year may count this toward their foundational course requirement. Other Major Core Courses Include: History 59, and Asian American Studies 100,146S,155D, and 186B.

Methodology Course (3-5 Units)

Majors are required to take a course focused on research methods relevant to their disciplinary approach as a student in Asian American Studies. Methodology Courses can be found on Explore Courses by using CSRE::Methodology as the search key.

Interdisciplinary Breadth (6-10 Units) 

Majors are required to fulfill the Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement by taking one course in a Social Science category, and one course in an Arts & Humanities category. Both classes must have a racial component to them. Categories of classes can be found on the School of Humanities & Sciences Bulletin Page.

International Dimension (3-5 Units)

Majors are required to take one course that explores issues of race and ethnicity in the context of a nation outside of the United States.

Asian American Focus (20-28 Units)

Majors are required to complete their additional courses in Asian American Studies from an approved list. All classes should have an Asian American focus.

Community Engaged Learning

All majors are required to complete at least one service-learning experience. This requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in a service-learning course, participating in an identity, race, or ethnicity focused service-learning Alternative Spring Break, participating in the Community Based Research Fellowship program, or enrolling in CSRE 198 Internship for Public Service while completing independent service work.

To find a more detailed overview of this major please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Minor Requirements

In order to earn a Minor in Asian American Studies, students must complete at least 30 units toward the minor.

  • 5 Units of a Core Curriculum Course (CSRE 196C) 
  • 5 Units of a Major Core Course
  • 20 Units of Asian American Focused Courses

Core Curriculum (5 Units)

Minors must take Intro to CSRE (CSRE 196C). 

Major Core Course (5 Units)

Minors are required to take one major-core course in Asian American Studies. Students who completed ENGLISH 43C/143C in a previous year may count this toward their foundational course requirement. Other major Core Courses Include: History 59, and Asian American Studies 100,146S,155D, and 186B.

Asian American Focus (20 Units)

Minors are required to complete their additional courses in Asian American Studies from an approved list. All classes should have an Asian American focus.

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

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Courses

Spring
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
ASNAMST 27SI Revolution and the Pilipinx Diaspora: Exploring Global Activism in Local Communities (CSRE 27SI) Antonio, A. (PI) Spring
2021 - 2022

ASNAMST 31N Behind the Big Drums: Exploring Taiko (MUSIC 31N) Uyechi, L. (PI)
Sano, S. (PI)
Spring
2021 - 2022
Monday
3:15 PM- 4:45 PM
ASNAMST 91A Asian American Autobiography/W (AMSTUD 91A, CSRE 91D, ENGLISH 91A) Spring
2021 - 2022

ASNAMST 115 Asian American Film and Popular Culture (AMSTUD 115, COMPLIT 159, ENGLISH 169C) Spring
2021 - 2022

ASNAMST 174S When Half is Whole: Developing Synergistic Identities and Mestiza Consciousness (CSRE 174S, LIFE 174S) Spring
2021 - 2022

Winter
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
ASNAMST 117D Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Film (AFRICAAM 117J, AMSTUD 117, CSRE 117D, FEMGEN 117F) Winter
2021 - 2022

ASNAMST 144 Transforming Self and Systems: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation, Gender, Sexuality, and Class (CSRE 144, FEMGEN 144X, LIFE 144) Winter
2021 - 2022

ASNAMST 169D Contemporary Asian American Stories (ENGLISH 169D) Tanaka, S. (PI) Winter
2021 - 2022
Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM- 3:00 PM
ASNAMST 192 Asian American Pacific Islander Poetry (ENGLISH 192A) Sok, M. (PI) Winter
2021 - 2022
Monday Wednesday
2:45 PM- 4:45 PM
ASNAMST 193F Psychological Well-Being on Campus: Asian American Perspectives (EDUC 193F) Lin, O. (PI)
Hsu, H. (PI)
Winter
2021 - 2022
Thursday
12:15 PM- 2:15 PM
ASNAMST 281 Asian Religions in America; Asian American Religions (AMSTUD 281, RELIGST 281, RELIGST 381) Winter
2021 - 2022