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.
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.
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.
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.