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AA S 110 : Critical Thinking and the Asian American Experience

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of basic critical thinking skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments reflective of experience of Asian Americans and key themes in of Asian American Studies.
Units: 3

AA S 210 : History of Asians in the United States

Prerequisites: None
Description: Comparative analysis of the experience of different Asian American groups and their place in the general history and development of American society. (Fulfills the U.S. History component of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [Formerly AAS 200] [USH]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 211 : Contemporary Asian Americans

Prerequisites: None
Description: Examination of factors that define minority groups and their positions in contemporary U.S. society, using Asian Americans as a case study. [Formerly ETHS 220]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 212 : Asian Americans and Mass Media

Prerequisites: None
Description: Images and treatment of Asian Americans in mass media, especially motion pictures, television, advertising, popular literature, and commercial art. American minorities in the entertainment industry. (Formerly AAS 518 and AAS 693.)
General Education:
Units: 3

AA S 213 : Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions

Prerequisites: None
Description: The Asian American experience in the U.S., focusing on basic governmental ideals and institutions. Impact of Asians on legal-constitutional America and the countervailing impact of political-legal structures imposed on Asians. (Fulfills the U.S. Government and California State and Local Government components of the U.S. History and Government Requirement) [Formerly AAS 205] [USG,CSLG]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 214 : Second Year Written Composition: Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent with grade of CR or C- or better.
Description: Reading and writing with speech as a supportive language skill. Must be taken after student has completed 24 units and before completing 60 units. (ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Written Communication (WC)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 216 : Introduction to Asian American Literature

Prerequisites: None
Description: Reading and analysis of Asian American literature. Appreciation of literature from a literary standpoint with focus on history, identiy, and representation. [Formerly AAS 206]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 218 : Asian American Culture

Prerequisites: None
Description: Ethnic values and cultures in America using Asian American arts, languages, and literatures. How these works reflect and express the character of the Asian American experience and the forces that have shaped that experience. [Formerly ETHS 210]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 301 : Asian Americans of Mixed Heritages

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Issues concerning Asian Americans of mixed racial and ethnic heritages, focusing on mixed heritage identities in relation to their ethnic and cultural sensibilities. (Formerly AAS 550)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 320 : Chinese in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The Chinese American experience in critical historical perspective, from the beginning of immigration in the 19th century to the present. [Formerly AAS 310]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 322 : Chinese American Language and Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cultural identity of the Chinese American as it is expressed in the language and literature; Chinese community and its influence on the creative process in literature.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 323 : Chinese American Identities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical, institutional, and cultural sources of Chinese American identity and sensibility. Mental health issues related to self-perception, stereotypes, family problems, institutional racism, and the development of autonomy. (Formerly AAS 315) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 330 : Nikkei in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical experience of Japanese Americans in the United States: prewar immigration and settlement, the struggle against racial exclusion, World War II incarceration, and the postwar return and development of contemporary Nikkei community. (Formerly AAS 331)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 332 : Japanese American Art and Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of Japanese American art and literature through historical, social and cultural factors that influenced its development. Specific works and artists representing different genres and periods will be analyzed. (Formerly AA S 444)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 333 : Japanese American Identities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Japanese American character, identity, self-image, and behavioral manifestations of the interaction of American and Japanese cultural values. (Formerly AAS 335)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 337 : Okinawan American Heritage and Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Summer exchange course in Okinawa. Opportunity to deepen students' knowledge of the Okinawan American cultural heritage and contemporary politics. Topics include history, traditional and contemporary culture, and issues in the homeland.
Units: 3

AA S 350 : Filipina/os in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Immigration of the Filipina/os to the United States; various coping mechanisms used in response to adjustment problems; changing structure of the community. (Formerly AAS 456)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 352 : Filipina/o American Literature, Art, and Culture

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Critical perspectives on Filipina/o American culture through the examination of divserve genres of art and literature primarily written in English about Filipina/os in the United States, the Philippines, and in diaspora. (Formerly AAS 363)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 353 : Filipina/o American Identities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical, social, and cultural influences that impact the identities of Filipina/o Americans through a framework of decolonization. (Formerly AAS 355)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 360 : Koreans in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Korean Americans in the U.S., examining the historical experience and the sociological, political, and economic implications of being a minority and immigrant in the U.S.. (Formerly AAS 380)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 370 : Vietnamese in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Origins and causes of Vietnamese movements to the U.S. and nature of Vietnamese experience in America in terms of political, cultural, and economic factors.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 372 : Vietnamese American Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A critical survey of Vietnamese American literature, taking into account issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and trauma.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 373 : Vietnamese American Identities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Vietnamese American experience since 1975: psychological adaptation, educational adjustment, socioeconomic integration, and cultural/ethnic maintenance. (Formerly AAS 375)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 377 : Cambodians in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examine push-pull factors that led people to flee Cambodia; focus on constraints and strategies (institutional, artistic, community, cultural) deployed by Cambodian Americans to negotiate their status in the US: politically, culturally, economically, and socially. (Formerly AAS 393)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

AA S 510 : Asian Americans in California

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Asian American contributions to the building of the state from their first arrival in the 19th century to their role within California's multiracial racial formation and their growing influence on contemporary California. [Formerly AAS 300]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - California Cultures and Environments
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 512 : Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary works with Asian American themes that are written for the young (preschool to middle school). How Asian Americans are depicted from the 19th century to the present in this literature. (Formerly AAS 502) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 514 : Asian American Community Arts Workshop

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Interdisciplinary collaboration in a variety of Asian American creative art forms through community-based workshops. Classwork, 2 units; activity, 1 unit. [Formerly AAS 304]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AA S 516 : Asian American Photographic Explorations

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Photography as a personal tool for the exploration, recording, understanding, and expression of Asian American life. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. [Formerly AAS 308]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 518 : Asian Americans and Mass Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Images and treatment of Asian Americans in mass media, especially motion pictures, television, advertising, popular literature, and commercial art. American minorities in the entertainment industry. (Formerly AAS 693)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 540 : South Asians in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History of South Asian immigration to the U.S., and how South Asian Americans negotiate ethnic belonging and national citizenship. Topics include racialization, class divides, gender, inequalities, queer politics, and youth culture. (Formerly AAS 340)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 541 : South Asian Diaspora

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RRS 657 [formerly ETHS 657]. For course description, see RRS 657. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [Formerly AAS 657.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AA S 570 : Southeast Asians in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Comparative exploration of Southeast Asian America by examining the histories and experiences of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipina/o, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Mien, Mong, Vietnamese, and Thai Americans. (Formerly AAS 390)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AA S 581 : Asian American Women

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Social, political, and economic situation of Asian American women within the family, their communities, and the larger society. (Formerly AAS 603)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Multicultural Human Relations
  • Segment III Cluster - Women of Color in the United States
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AA S 582 : Asian American Women's Literature and the Arts

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Works by Asian American women writers and artists; how Asian American women are depicted in literature and the arts. (Formerly AAS 622)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 584 : Asian American Sexualities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to Asian American queer theory and sexuality studies. Examination of how sexuality impacts the lived experience of immigration, race, gender, class and generational difference among Asian Americans.
Units: 3

AA S 585 : Asian American Religiosities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Major issues particular to the predicaments of Asian Americans and their religions; interdisciplinary and anchored in critical Asian American Studies perspectives constructed within the context of the intersections of race and religion.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AA S 587 : Asian Americans and Environmental Justice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the environmental racism issues faced by Asian Americans and how their communities have organized for justice.
Units: 3

AA S 588 : Asian American Media Workshop

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Film and media arts as self-expression, a reflection of community, and as a tool for activism in the Asian American community. Classwork 2 units, Activity 1 unit..
Units: 3

AA S 591 : Asian American Community Health Issues

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of community health concepts and needs specific to the Asian American communities; practical skills in community health issues and service. (Formerly AAS 575)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 595 : Asian American Communities and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Public policy issues, their impact on and the responses from the Asian American communities; relationship and complexities of local, state, and federal policies facing the Asian American communities. (Formerly ETHS 665) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 681 : Asian American Community Changes and Development

Prerequisites: AAS majors/minors only; upper division standing with 6 units of AAS GE courses or consent of instructor.
Description: Asian American community origins, changes, economics; trends in residential and community patterns; and effects of immigration and population growth. (Formerly AAS 680) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Americans: Diverse Responses to the American Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, 3.3 GPA in AAS courses, and consent of instructor. Limited to undergraduate students only.
Description: Academic service learning practicum/internship experience as an undergraduate instructional aide. Participation in the teaching of a regular instructionally-related class. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

AA S 688 : Asian American Community Service Internship

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised fieldwork/service for 100 hours minimum in an approved Asian American organization or agency, plus regular meetings with supervising faculty. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 696 : Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: AAS majors/minors with 24 upper division units in AAS classes or consent of instructor.
Description: Study of fundamental tools of critical thinking and theorization through the lens of Asian American Studies. Focus on reading, thinking, and writing critically by exposing topics and theories of Asian and Ethnic Studies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 4

AA S 697 : Proseminar in Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: AAS majors only with 24 upper division units in AAS classes or consent of instructor.
Description: Practical application of research methodology in Asian American Studies through critical examination, analysis, and peer critique to develop a publishable product. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing with 3.0 GPA and consent of instructor and department chair.
Description: Supervised individual study of a particular issue in Asian American Studies. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

AA S 710 : Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Critical understanding of theory and research methodologies in Asian American Studies; available resources as preparation for graduate-level research. Guidance in literature review and bibliography in the student's chosen area.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 800 : Theory and History in Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in AAS or consent of instructor.
Description: Integration of historical review with contempoary theory relating to Asian Americans.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AA S 810 : Seminar: Asian American Immigration

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and methodological understanding of Asian immigration to the U.S. Asian Americans within structures of American immigration history.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2008

AA S 822 : Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Intersections of history, gender, culture, and creativity as they pertain to the conception of an Asian American literary aesthetic; Asian American literature within the genre of U.S. literature.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AA S 833 : Seminar: Asian American Family and Identity

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Issues concerning Asian Americans in family and group structures.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

AA S 865 : Asian American Community and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Assessment and critique of policy issues, their impact on, and the responses from, the Asian American community. Relationship and complexities of local, state, and federal policies facing the contemporary Asian American community.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

AA S 875 : Asian American Community Health Issues

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Major health issues, their impact on and the responses from the Asian American community. Health perspectives and practices affected by the cultural dichotomy between Asia and Euro-America. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 880 : Selected Topics in Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar in selected topics in Asian American Studies. May be repeated as topics vary.
Units: 1-3

AA S 880 : Seminar: Asian Thought in the West

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in ETHS or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary critiques of Western thought and proposed alternatives rooted in various Asian traditions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

AA S 884 : Critical Asian American Educational Experience and Pedagogy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical narratives and counter narratives of Asian Americans and education; the development of Asian American Studies; pedagogical issues and interventions that have shaped Asian American identities and communities. (Plus-minus AB/NC grading only; RP allowed.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 895 : Field Study in Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: An alternate culminating study in fulfillment of the requirement for the master's degree; student develops a project under advisement and direction of graduate adviser. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 896 : Directed Reading in Asian American Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and graduate adviser.
Description: Directed reading in one specific area of Asian American studies based upon a standing bibliography or reading list, in consultation and under supervision of a specialist in that field. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

AA S 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and graduate adviser.
Description: Plan, develop, and complete a project under the direction of a supervising faculty member who is a specialist in that field.
Units: 3
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