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Asian American Studies

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College of Humanities

  • Chair: Gina Masequesmay
  • Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 340
  • (818) 677-4966
  • www.csun.edu/aas



Department Programs

The Asian American Studies Department provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts major with two options and a minor in Asian American Studies designed to develop student skills in critical analysis, writing, communication and reasoning, while retrieving, documenting and analyzing the literary, artistic, economic, social, political and historical experiences of Asians in the United States. The department also participates in the CSUN General Education Program. Many courses in the major and minor meet the General Education requirements and may be used for both purposes.

Credential Information

Students interested in applying for Asian American Studies courses toward requirements for various teaching credentials should consult the Credential Office at (818) 677-2586 for more information.


Students interested in careers in business, government, education, journalism, human services, urban planning, law and other related fields may find the major, double major or minor in Asian American Studies a suitable field of study. Students interested in the major or minor in Asian American Studies may consult with the Department Chair and process their paperwork with the Student Services Center in JR 240. The Asian American Studies Department supports international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas and foreign language study. Of particular interest to Asian American Studies majors are study abroad opportunities throughout the Pacific Rim. For overseas studies, students should consult an advisor in the Office of International and Exchange Programs and a department advisor to coordinate their studies.

Academic Advisement

The Asian American Studies Department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Gina Masequesmay (Chair) at (818) 677- 4966 to schedule an appointment. The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor in Asian American Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.