Asian American Studies

Standard and Double Major Requirements

Asian American Studies is a multidisciplinary field that analyzes the experience and contributions of people of Asian ancestry in the United States. Students can expect to gain an appreciation for the diversity and complexities of this experience and to be able to apply their knowledge to issues in the social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Asian American Studies Program

  1. Students will develop a core competency in the history, culture and experience of Asian Pacific American communities in the United States.
  2. Working from a social justice approach to race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, students will develop and apply their critical thinking skills as demonstrated through written assignments, oral presentations, class discussion and examinations.
  3. Students will acquire and develop effective communication skills.
  4. Students will develop and demonstrate basic research skills as they learn about the particular dynamics of working with Asian Pacific American communities.
  5. Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge and practical application of their acquired skills through student and community work, learning, in the process, the value and importance of community service.

Below, you will find the requirements for a Standard AAS Major (Option A) and a Double Major (Option B). At the bottom, there is also a list of general education overlap.


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

OPTION A: STANDARD MAJOR [~14 classes]

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I. AAS CORE COURSES: (18 UNITS)

  • AAS 100: Introduction to Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 201: Race, Racism, and Critical Thinking (3 units)
  • AAS 210: History of Asians in America (3 units)
  • AAS 220: Survey of Asian American Literature (3 units)
  • AAAS 311: Research Methods in Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 390/F: Asian American Communities: Field Practicum (2+1 units)

II. COMMUNITY STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 345: Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 347: Asian American Legal and Political History (3 units)
  • AAS 360: Asian American Immigration-Global Perspective (3 units)
  • AAS 361A-Z Asian American Experience of Selected Groups (3)
  • AAS 440: Urbanization and Asian American Communities (3 units)

III. CULTURAL AND LITERARY STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 230: Asian Americans and the Media (3 units)
  • AAS 321: Asian American Fiction (3 units)
  • AAS 325A-B: Asian American Creative Studies Workshop (3 units)
  • AAS 420: Asian American Literary Self-Representations (3 units)
  • AAS 430: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (3 units)

IV. SOCIAL RELATIONS, FAMILY, AND GENDER STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 340: Asian American Women (3 units)
  • AAS 350: Asian American Personality and Mental Health (3 units)
  • AAS 355: Biracial and Multiracial Identity (3 units)
  • AAS 455: Asian American Sexuality (3 units)
  • AAS 453: Asian American Families (3 units)

V. ELECTIVE: (3 UNITS)

Select three units of an elective either in Asian American Studies or from another department with permission from the AAS Chair. Intermediate language study in an appropriate Asian or Pacific Island language is highly recommended and would qualify under this section.

VI. SENIOR CAPSTONE: (3 UNITS)

Select one of the following:

  • AAS 495: Advanced Seminar in Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 497: Senior Thesis (3 units)†

Total Units in the Major : 42

General Education Units : 48

Additional Units : 30

Total Units Required for a BA : 120


OPTION B: DOUBLE MAJOR/SINGLE SUBJECT WAIVER [~10 classes]

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For students who want to double major in Asian American Studies as their second field of study and for students who are pursuing a single subject waiver.† [~10 classes]

I. AAS CORE COURSES: (9 UNITS)

  • AAS 100: Introduction to Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 210: History of Asians in America (3 units)
  • AAS 220: Survey of Asian American Literature (3 units)

II. COMMUNITY STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 311: Research Methods in Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • [AAS 345: Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies (3 units) -- Recommended. For approved substitution, please contact the Chair.]
  • AAS 347: Asian American Legal and Political History (3 units)
  • AAS 360: Asian American Immigration-Global Perspective (3 units)
  • AAS 361A-Z : Asian American Experience of Selected Groups (3 units)
  • AAS 390/F : Asian American Communities: Field Practicum (2+1 units)
  • AAS 440: Urbanization and Asian American Communities (3 units)

III. CULTURAL AND LITERARY STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 321: Asian American Fiction (3 units)
  • AAS 325A-B: Asian American Creative Studies Workshop (3 units)
  • AAS 420: Asian American Literary Self-Representations (3 units)
  • AAS 430: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (3 units)

IV. SOCIAL RELATIONS, FAMILY, AND GENDER STUDIES: (6 UNITS)

Select two of the following:

  • AAS 340: Asian American Women (3 units)
  • [AAS 350: Asian American Personality and Mental Health (3 units) -- Recommended. For approved substitution, please contact the Chair.]
  • AAS 355: Biracial and Multiracial Identity (3 units)
  • AAS 453: Asian American Families (3 units)
  • AAS 455: Asian American Sexuality (3 units)

V. SENIOR CAPSTONE: (3 UNITS)

Select one of the following:

  • AAS 495: Advanced Seminar in Asian American Studies (3 units)
  • AAS 497: Senior Thesis (3 units)

Total Units in the Major: 30

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 42

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR A B.A. DEGREE: 120

 

*SECOND MAJOR OR SINGLE SUBJECT WAIVER PROGRAM

Three to six units of intermediate study of an Asian or Pacific Island language are highly recommended and may be substituted for courses in Option A or B with the approval of the department Chair. Special topics courses, experimental topics courses, and/or independent study in Asian American Studies may be substituted for required courses in either major option with the permission of the Chair.


GENERAL EDUCATION OVERLAP

  • GE Section A2 (Critical Thinking) - AAS 201
  • GE Section C (Arts and Humanities) - AAS 220, AAS 321
  • GE Section D (Social Sciences) - AAS 210, AAS 350 (IC)
  • GE Section E (Lifelong Learning) - AAS 230, AAS 390
  • GE Section F (Comparative Cultural Studies) - AAS 100, 340, 345, or 360
  • Title V (2) - AAS 347