The Asian American Studies Department is dedicated to academic and community-based goals, including promoting student learning and intellectual growth, stimulating professional growth and development among its faculty and staff, enhancing and empowering Asian/Pacific Islander communities locally and globally, and highlighting relevant social, economic, political, legal, and cultural issues within existing and emerging communities.
Founded in 1990, AAS is a vibrant interdisciplinary department that offers a major/double major and minor in Asian American Studies. Many AAS graduates work in a number of diverse fields, including education, entertainment, journalism, social work, community service, business and law. Please check out our academic program page for more information on our courses and for advisement information.
Welcome! We made many changes to our website including a new page called "What's New" to provide you with upcoming events information and departmental news. We have also created an Archival Page with list of events and list of of photo galleries for your information. If you have events or pictures you want us to add to our archive, please email the webmaster. Thanks and come back soon! Below are a few news items fyi.
- Some of our students and alumni participated at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference's roundtables. We flew to the Bay Area on Wednesday for the roundtables on Thursday and Friday mornings. While up in the area, we visited Berkeley and met with Michael Omi and Harvey Dong. Students got to visit the I-Hotel and met with some of the long-time activists. Our trip was from April 16 to 19, 2014. Please check out participants' reflections at the CSUN AAS in Action Page.
- Please save the date April 24, Thursday, from 5 to 8:00 pm in the Grand Salon, USU, where AAS will hold its annual Distinguished Lecturer and Student Awards Night.
- Please save the date April 29, Tuesday, 2:30 to 4 pm. We are having a dedication ceremony of renaming the Asian House to "The Glenn Omatsu House."
- Please save the date May 6, Tuesday, 4 to 6:30 pm in the Nobbs Auditorium (Sequoia Hall Room 104) for an Activists Panel to celebrate the Asian Pacific Heritage month!
- Please note that on May 22, 2014, Thursday 4 to 5:30 pm in the Thousand Oaks Room of the USU, we will have our AAS Graduation Reception before the College of Humanities Commencement Ceremony which begins at 6 pm in the Oviatt Lawn.
- We are happy to announce that our AAS Newsletter Issue #5 is ready for viewing.
- AAS only has a little bit of funding left for our tutorial/mentoring program this Spring 2014 Semester. We have hired student tutors/mentors along with Prof. Turnmeyer to provide help on writing and learning strategies. The program will resume in Week 3 of Spring Semester.
- We have a new professor joining us with a joint appointment in Gender and Women's Studies. Dr. Khanum Shaikh will be teaching our AAS 201 courses this year. We look forward to her offering a Muslim American Experience course next Spring 2015!
- We are proud to announce that Dr. Tracy Buenavista has just received tenure! She now serves as Associate Professor with tenure in our Department!
- If you are an AAS alumn and has not taken our Alumni survey, please do so at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/aasalumni2012.
- If you are interested to support the AAS department in our work to mentor students, build communities and collaborate with others toward a more equitable world, please go to our donation page and specify that you want the money to go toward AAS.