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.
About the Department
The Department of Asian American Studies was founded in 1990. As an interdisciplinary field, faculty from multiple disciplines offer students a unique perspective on Asian American experiences. For more information, please visit the Asian American Studies department website.
The Asian American Studies department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact the department chair or AAS academic advisor 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, social work, medicine, community organization and other related fields may find the major, double major or minor in Asian American Studies a suitable interdisciplinary field of study. Those who are interested in the major or minor in Asian American Studies may consult with the department chair or academic advisor 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. Study abroad opportunities throughout the Pacific Rim are of particular interest to Asian American Studies majors. For overseas studies, students should consult an advisor in the International and Exchange Student Center and a department advisor to coordinate their studies.
Clubs and Societies
- Alpha Psi Rho Fraternity
- Delta Lambda Chi Sorority
- Dreams to be Heard (Dreams)
- EOP Student Association (EOP)
- Filipino-American Student Association (FASA)
- Japanese Student Association
- Korean American Student Association (KASA)
- Nikkei Student Union (NSU)
- Northridge Indonesian Student Association (N.I.S.A.)
- South Asian Club (SAC)
- Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)
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.
Department of Asian American Studies
Chair: Christina Ayala-Alcantar
Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 340