Program: B.A., Asian American Studies
The Asian American Studies department provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts major 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.
This option is designed for students who choose to double major in Asian American Studies as their second field of study.
1. Core Courses (21 units)
Take all seven courses:
*Or an equivalent course in another department/program.
2. Area Courses (6 units)
Select any two courses:
Cultural and Literary Studies
AAS 321 Asian American Fiction (3)
AAS 325A Asian American Creative Studies Workshop: Literary Arts (3)
AAS 325B Asian American Creative Studies Workshop: Performance Arts (3)
AAS 420 Asian American Literary Self-Representations (3)
AAS 430 Asian American Popular Culture (3)
Ethnic and Comparative Experiences
An upper division course from another ethnic studies program/department or intermediate-level language course (3 units).
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Law, Policy and Institutions
Social Relations and Family
3. Advanced Seminar/Special Topics Course (3 units)
Select one of the following:
Total Units in the Double Major Option: 30
Department of Asian American Studies
Chair: Christina Ayala-Alcantar
Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 340
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will develop a core competency in the history, culture and experience of Asian Pacific American communities in the United States.
- 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.
- Students will acquire and develop effective communication skills.
- Students will develop and demonstrate basic research skills as they learn about the particular dynamics of working with Asian Pacific American communities.
- 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.