Mission Statement

The Department of Asian American Studies emerges out of social justice struggles in solidarity with multiple oppressed communities. It is dedicated to academic and community-based goals, including promoting learning and intellectual growth; stimulating professional development; enhancing and empowering Asian/Pacific Islander communities across local and global scales; and highlighting social, economic, political, legal and cultural issues within existing and emerging communities to envision and effect just alternatives and social transformation.

Academic Advisement

The Asian American Studies department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Department Chair Gina Masequesmay or AAS Academic Advisor Eunai Shrake 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.


Students who are planning for 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. Those who are 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 International and Exchange Student Center and a department advisor to coordinate their studies.

Credential Information

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


Chair: Gina Masequesmay
Staff: Janaki Bowerman
Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 340
(818) 677-4966