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Asian American Studies Major - Double Major - Minor

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JR 340

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818-677-4966

Main Office Hour

M-F 9 AM to 5 PM

 

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AAS Courses

Asian American Studies offers a wide variety of courses to meet both the needs of the university's general education requirements as well as those pursuing a major, double major or minor.

Please note that not all courses are available every semester and that many of our upper-division courses are only offered on a rotating basis or based on student demand.

 

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Course List and Course Description

AAS 100. Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)

Survey of research on Asian Pacific American experiences, including: history, community life, language experience, arts, education, politics, and economics. Emphasizes research on Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander ancestry. Available for Section B of the Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

 

AAS 113A. Approaches to University Writing A (3)

Prerequisites: EPT score of 120-141 or higher. Expository prose writing with a focus on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational strategies, and the appropriate gathering and utilization of evidence. Includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements of prose style. Students receive credit for only 1 course chosen from AAS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, PAS and QS 113A. Students are required to also enroll in UNIV 060 (1 credit) or equivalent. Individual tutoring is available through the Asian American Studies Activities Center or the Learning Resource Center.

 

AAS 113B. Approaches to University Writing B (3)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS 113A. Expository prose writing with a focus on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational strategies, and the appropriate gathering and utilization of evidence. Includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements of prose style. Students receive credit for only 1 course chosen from AAS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, PAS and QS 113A. Students are required to also enroll in UNIV 060 (1 credit) or equivalent. Individual tutoring is available through the Asian American Studies Activities Center or the Learning Resource Center. (Available for General Education, Analytical Reading / Expository Writing (IC).

 

AAS 114A. Approaches to University Writing A (3)

Prerequisites: EPT score of 142-150. Expository prose writing with a focus on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational strategies, and the appropriate gathering and utilization of evidence. Includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements of prose style. Students receive credit for only 1 course chosen from AAS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, PAS and QS 113A. Individual tutoring is available through the Asian American Studies Activities Center or the Learning Resource Center.

 

AAS 114B Approaches to University Writing B (3)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS 114A. Expository prose writing with a focus on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational strategies, and the appropriate gathering and utilization of evidence. Includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements of prose style. Students receive credit for only 1 course chosen from AAS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, PAS and QS 113A. Individual tutoring is available through the Asian American Studies Activities Center or the Learning Resource Center. (Available for General Education, Analytical Reading / Expository Writing (IC)

 

AAS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)

Prerequisites: EPT score of 151 or higher. Expository prose writing with a focus on both content and form. Specific emphases shall include the exercise of logical thought and clear expression, the development of effective organizational strategies, and the appropriate gathering and utilization of evidence. Includes instruction on diction, syntax, and grammar, as well as the elements of prose style. Students receive credit for only 1 course chosen from AAS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, PAS and QS 113A. Individual tutoring is available through the AAS Activities Center, Chicana/o Writing Lab, Pan African Studies Lab, or Learning Resource Center. (Available for General Education, Analytical Reading / Expository Writing) (IC)

 

AAS 151. Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Prerequisites: EPT score of 151 or better or EPT and successful completion of 113A or 114A or equivalent. This course is an introduction to public speaking and oral communications processes, with particular emphasis on issues related to Asian American Studies and Asian Pacific American communities. In addition to basic skills, students will be introduced to Asian Pacific American figures who have used oral communication as a way to address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Students will be required to deliver a variety of speeches. The course will include intensive practice in public speaking, logical reasoning, and critical reasoning. Students are required to attend 15 hours of public speaking events outside of the classroom. Crosslisted with CHS 151, PAS 151 and COMS 151/L. (Available for General Education, Oral Communication)

 

AAS 201. Race, Racism, and Critical Thinking (3)

Preparatory: Completion of the GE sections Analytical Reading/Expository Writing and Mathematics. Introduction to the process of critical thinking through the lens of race-based theories and selected historical and contemporary discourse of African-Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, and Latinos on race relations and multiculturalism in American society. Examines contemporary social issues through the use of scholarly studies and a range of cultural “texts” in order to explore the effects of race and racism on the relationship between language and logic, processes and form of reasoning, and practices of critical reflection. Also examines intersection of race, gender, and class. (Available for General Education, Critical Thinking)

 

AAS 210. History of Asians in America (3)

Introduction to the history of Asian Americans in the United States from the 1800s to the present. Students review the historical forces affecting immigration of the following communities: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander. Analysis of problems resulting from limited access to the social, political, and economic institutions of American society. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences)

 

AAS 220. Survey of Asian American Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Survey of Asian American literature from the late 19th century to the present. Introductory study of prose fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and drama written by Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander ancestry. Regular writing assignments required. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities)

 

AAS 230. Asian Americans and the Media (3)

Study of the effects of mass media on the history and development of Asians in America. Particular attention to Asian American images in film, television, the internet, and advertisements. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning)

 

AAS 296A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Asian American Studies (1-3)

Experimental courses in Asian American Studies with course content to be determined.

 

AAS 311. Research Methods in Asian American Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: Completion of an AAS course. This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of developing qualitative community-based research projects within Asian American communities. Students will learn theories used in Asian American Studies, develop a short-term research project, practice data collection methods, analyze qualitative data, and present their findings on contemporary issues affecting Asian American communities. This course will provide students basic research skills, as well as demonstrate that community-based research can be a collaborative process.

 

AAS 321. Asian American Fiction (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Study of Asian American fiction written by Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian, and Southeast Asian ancestry. Regular writing assignments required. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities).

 

AAS 325A. Asian American Creative Studies Workshop: Literary Arts (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Intensive practice in the writing of poetry and prose fiction. Includes analysis of published Asian American writings and a series of writing exercises and/or writing assignments that culminate in a portfolio of no fewer than 4,000 words. Offers perspectives on the shifting definitions of “Asian American” and on the Populist/Activist and Academic/ Literary approaches that have helped shape the contours of Asian American creative writing. Students participate in the written and oral critiques of each other’s work.

 

AAS 325B. Asian American Creative Studies Workshop: Performance Arts (3)

Involves the study and practice of Asian American performance with particular emphasis on adapting, scripting, and performing personal, family, and community-based narratives. Students gain competencies in the analysis, performance, and criticism of Asian American dramatic and non-dramatic, non-traditional texts, including (auto) biographies, memoirs, diaries, oral histories, and narrative accounts drawn from everyday life.

 

AAS 340. Asian American Women (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Multidisciplinary analysis of women in the diverse Asian Pacific American communities. Study of the historical, social, political, and economic factors which have impacted the role and status of Asian Pacific American women in U.S. society. Regular writing assignments required. Available for Gender and Women’s Studies Minor, Ethnic Studies and Diversity. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

 

AAS 345. Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Critical analysis of contemporary issues confronting Asian Americans in the U.S. Emphasis placed on social and economic issues such as immigration, education, employment, health, and inter-ethnic and intra-Asian conflict. Regular writing assignments required. Available for Section B, Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

 

AAS 347. Asian American Politics and the Law (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Recommended: Prior completion of an AAS course. Advanced course on the legal and political history and contemporary struggles of Asian Americans. Overview of American political system through the examination of basic texts, including the U.S. Constitution. Examines the history and formation of Asian communities in the U.S., the evolution of their participation in the political process through the lens of immigration, citizenship policies and laws, civil rights reform laws, state laws and municipal ordinances, and contemporary legal and political issues. (Meets GE Title 5 requirements in areas (2) and (3) covering the Constitution and California state and local governments.)

 

AAS 350. Asian American Personality and Mental Health (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Analysis of psychological issues from an Asian American perspective. Specific topics include the impact of minority status on personality development, cross-cultural comparisons of Asian Americans, and introduction to problems in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems in Asian Americans. Available for Section B of the Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates. (Available for General Education, Social Sciences and Information Competence)

 

AAS 355. Biracial and Multiracial Identity (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Interdisciplinary studies the socio-historical realities, identities, and political maintenance of people with multiple racial and ethnic heritages; examines the binary racial structure of the U.S., social and legal customs of racial designation and membership; focuses on multiracial populations such as Creoles, mulattos, mestizos, Black-Indians, Eurasians, Afroasians, Amerasians, etc.

 

AAS 360. Asian American Immigration-Global (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Examines Asian immigration to the U.S. from a world systems perspective. Examines immigration process and the implication of this process for contemporary interest in the Pacific Rim. Topics include origins of Asian immigration, major U.S. immigration legislation, demographic structure of contemporary Asian immigration, and cross-cultural comparisons of other world groups. Regular writing assignments required. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

 

AAS 361 A-Z. Asian American Experience of Selected Groups (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division writing requirement. Intensive study of the immigration/incorporation history and experience of a specific Asian Pacific American sub-group. Each course examines the nexus between historical events and contemporary issues facing a particular Asian Pacific American community and their experiences in various sectors of American society: labor, family, politics, education, and cultural preservation and community formation. (A) Filipino American Experience, (B) Vietnamese American Experience, (C)Chinese American Experience, (D) Korean American Experience, (E) Japanese American Experience, (F)South Asian American Experience. For courses on other groups, please consult with department office.

 

AAS 390/F. Asian American Communities: Field Practicum (2-1)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Recommended Corequisite or Preparatory: Concurrent enrollment in AAS 345 or other related course. Field study, observation, and participation in selected community institutions and agencies to be conducted under supervision and after preparatory instruction to acquaint the student with field and service learning techniques. Some sections of this course may offer a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented. Check the schedule of classes for the community studies designation. May be repeated once for credit. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning)

 

AAS 396A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Asian American Studies (1-3)

Experimental topics in Asian American Studies with course content to be determined.

 

AAS 417. Equity and Diversity in School (3)

Prepares teacher candidates to examine principles of educational equity, diversity, and the implementation of curriculum content and school practices for elementary/secondary students. Focuses on the history and culture of a specific ethnic experience and a comparative analysis is made with other ethnic groups in California. Engages students to examine, critique, and reflect on their personal biases regarding children of color. (Cross listed with ELPS, PAS, CHS, ARMN 417)

 

AAS 420. Asian American Literary Self-Representations (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: AAS 100. Examines self-representations in Asian American literary studies. Addresses how self-representations in Asian American literature commonly work within and across a variety of literary genres. Attention paid to the aesthetic, cultural, socio-historical, and publishing factors that have shaped non-fictional self-representations.

 

AAS 430. Asian American Popular Culture (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Preparatory: AAS 100. Critical analysis of representations and images of Asian Americans and popular culture, emphasizing the production, consumption, and use of popular culture by and about Asian Americans in the U.S. Surveys theories and methods for studying popular culture, especially in terms of the differential impact of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

 

AAS 440. Urbanization and Asian American Communities (3)

Preparatory: Completion of the lower-division writing requirements and AAS 100. Examination of the development of Asian American communities in the United States from 1850 to present. Particular attention to the impact of Asian American communities on the economic, social, cultural, and political development of urban Southern California and on the relationship between Asian American communities and other ethnic communities.

 

AAS 450. Asian American Child and the Schools (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Study of the development of the Asian American child with particular emphasis on bicultural and bilingual issues that may influence educational progress. Culturally relevant socialization patterns of children from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Southeast Asian backgrounds examined. Intended for students interested in teaching and human services. Regular writing assignments required. Available for Section A of the Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates.

 

AAS 453. Asian American Families (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Overview of the demographic, social, cultural, structural, and historical aspects of Asian American families in the United States. Examines comparative family features among Asian American ethnic groups and other cultural and ethnic groups in the U.S. Parenting styles, communication styles, values, traditions, and beliefs examined across ethnic backgrounds, class, and immigration histories. Available for Section B of the Multicultural requirement for Credential Candidates.

 

AAS 455. Asian American Sexuality (3)

Preparatory: Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Explores the personal, social, and political identities of Asian Americans as expressed from the lens of sexuality; interdisciplinarily examines current topics in Asian American sexuality, such as gender roles, cultural beliefs and sexual mythology, sexual practices, media images, literary representations, sexual violence and abuse, sex-related health, sex work and commodification, and sexual orientation.

 

AAS 495A-Z. Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies (3)

Preparatory: AAS 100 or 210 or instructor consent. Intensive study of selected themes and issues in Asian American Studies. Topics change from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit with instructor consent.

 

AAS 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Asian American Studies (1-3)

Experimental topics in Asian American Studies with course content to be determined.

 

AAS 497. Senior Seminar in Asian American Studies (3)

Prerequisite: senior standing or instructor’s consent. An integrative seminar serving as a capstone to the degree major in Asian American Studies. Provides a general review of the theories, methods, and substantive conclusions covered in Asian American Studies courses and provides guidance and assistance in the writing of the senior thesis.

 

AAS 499A-C. Independent Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Limited to upper division students with written permission from the department chair and the sponsoring faculty person. No more than 3 units of Independent Study may be applied to the Minor in Asian American Studies.