Asian American Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Asian American Studies

College of Ethnic Studies

Dean: Kenneth Monteiro

 

Department of Asian American Studies

EP 103
Phone: 415-338-2698
Chair: Lorraine Dong

 

Faculty:

Professors: Chew, Dong, Gonzales, Hom, Kobashigawa, Yoo
Associate Professors: Dariotis, Jeung, Le, Pelaud, Soe, Tintiangco-Cubales, Ueunten
Assistant Professor: Lee

 

Programs

B.A. in Asian American Studies

Minor in Asian American Studies

M.A. in Asian American Studies

 


 

Program Scope

The goals of the Asian American Studies Department are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive offering of courses which offer all students the opportunity to study and develop greater understanding and awareness of the histories, cultures, communities, and experiences of Asian Americans.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from a variety of other disciplines into a coherent body of information and methodologies that reflect Asian American perspectives, approaches, and needs.
  • Increase the general body of information within the field of Asian American Studies.
  • Encourage and promote the application of skills and knowledge from Asian American Studies to the improvement of conditions within Asian American communities and the larger society.

 

These goals are approached through a combination of course offerings, guided research, supervised fieldwork and participation, and student/faculty involvement in Asian American community activities and issues. The department is committed to a constant evolution of its programs and perspectives so as to reflect the dynamic character of Asian American life and circumstances. Towards these ends, courses offered by the department can be used in a number of programs and to meet a variety of graduation requirements. Solid course work in the department will be of significant value to any student intending a career that involves significant contact with Asian Americans.

 

Undergraduate Program. The department offers a major in Asian American Studies for students who wish to pursue a comprehensive program of study on Asian American experiences. The major program is designed, through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries and analyses of Asian American history, literature and the arts, gender and family, as well as the communities, to provide students with a broad range of knowledge of the diverse Asian American population. Under advisement, students may use two specific courses to fulfill the history and government requirements, and may use up to twelve units in Asian American Studies courses towards General Education. Students majoring in Asian American Studies are encouraged to study a modern Asian language or related courses.

 

Minor Program. The department offers a minor in Asian American Studies for those students who wish to pursue a coherent course of study regarding the Asian American experience while completing majors in other fields. The minor program is designed to provide a wide range of course selections while ensuring knowledge of a broad range of different Asian American groups. The minor is of particular value for those students whose chosen careers may bring them into regular professional contact with Asian American groups and communities.

 

General Education and History/Government Requirements. The Asian American Studies Department has designed its course offerings so that students may take a broad range of courses in Asian American Studies while also meeting their general education and history and government requirements for graduation. These offerings explore all aspects of Asian American history, providing students with the opportunity to obtain a solid understanding of Asian American life and communities.

 

Liberal Studies. Asian American Studies courses can be used to meet many of the requirements for a B.A. in Liberal Studies, most especially as the basis for an emphasis in Ethnic Studies in Area III, Social Science. Those students planning to seek a multiple subjects credential to teach in the elementary school grades can use additional Asian American Studies courses to meet some of the subject matter and general unit requirements. Students are encouraged to see a Liberal Studies advisor early in their enrollment, if they wish to make full use of these options.

 

Teacher Preparation. Courses in Asian American Studies provide important knowledge on Asians in America that can assist them in teaching in California. Course work in Asian American Studies also will help prepare students to meet credential subject matter requirements as described above as part of the Liberal Studies major.

 

Graduate Program. The Master of Arts in Asian American Studies is designed, through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries and analyses of Asian American history, literature and the arts, gender and family studies, as well as community studies, to provide students with a critical knowledge of the diverse Asian American communities. Students in Asian American Studies are encouraged to study a modern Asian language other than English.

 

Career Outlook

Both baccalaureate and master's degrees can be used to enhance work in the Asian American communities; enhance career opportunities in the Pacific Rim areas; prepare for a teaching and other professional career; and prepare for doctoral studies or other professional degrees.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies

A baccalaureate major in Asian American Studies consists of a total of 39 units in five instructional modules; no more than nine units can be taken for CR/NC.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Introduction to Asian American Studies (6 units)

Course Title Units
Units selected from the following: 3
AA S 210 History of Asians in the United States
AA S 211 Contemporary Asian Americas
Units selected from the following: 3
AA S 216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
AA S 218 Asian American Culture

 

Asian American Ethnic Groups (18 units)

Units selected from the following with at least one course from each group.

Course Title Units
Chinese American
AA S 320 Chinese in the United States
AA S 322 Chinese American Language and Literature
AA S 323 Chinese American Identities
Japanese American
AA S 330 Nikkei in the United States
AA S 332 Japanese American Art and Literature
AA S 333 Japanese American Identities
Filipina/o American
AA S 350 Filipina/os in the United States
AA S 352 Filipina/o American Literature, Art, and Culture
AA S 353 Filipina/o American Identities
Vietnamese American
AA S 370 Vietnamese in the United States
AA S 372 Vietnamese American Literature
AA S 373 Vietnamese American Identities

 

Asian American Community

Course Title Units
AA S 681 Asian American Community Changes and Development 3

 

Cross-group Topics and/or Electives

Course Title Units
Units selected from the following: 9
AA S 213 Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions
AA S 301 Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage
AA S 512 Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature
AA S 516 Asian American Photographic Explorations
AA S 518 Asian Americans and Mass Media
AA S 581 Asian American Women
AA S 582 Asian American Women Literature and the Arts

 

Electives on advisement (1-6)

Senior Proseminar

Course Title Units
Culminating course to be taken after 24 upper division units in Asian American Studies 3
AA S 697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies

Total for major: 39

 

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

 

Minor in Asian American Studies

A total of 24 units are required for the Asian American Studies Minor, 18 of which must be from core courses and 6 from electives on advisement.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Core Courses

Introductory Course (chosen from one of the following. 3 units)

Course Title  
AA S 210 History of Asians in the United States
AA S 211 Contemporary Asian Americas
AA S 218 Asian American Culture

 

Ethnic Group Courses
(one each chosen from 3 of the 4 ethnic groups listed below. 9 units.)

Course Title  
Chinese American
AA S 320 Chinese in the United States
AA S 322 Chinese American Language and Literature
AA S 323 Chinese American Identities
Japanese American
AA S 330 Nikkei in the United States
AA S 332 Japanese American Art and Literature
AA S 333 Japanese American Identities
Filipina/o American
AA S 350 Filipina/os in the United States
AA S 352 Filipina/o American Literature, Art, and Culture
AA S 353 Filipina/o American Identities
Vietnamese American
AA S 370 Vietnamese in the United States

 

Thematic or Cross-group Courses (one chosen from the following. 3 units.)

Course Title  
AA S 213 Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions
AA S 216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
AA S 516 Asian American Photographic Explorations
AA S 518 Asian Americans and Mass Media
AA S 581 Asian American Women

 

Concluding Community Courses (3 units)

Course Title  
AA S 681 Asian American Community Changes and Development

 

Electives (6 units)

Asian American Studies courses on advisement, with at least one upper division AA S course.

Total for Minor: 24

 

Master of Arts in Asian American Studies

 

Admission to Program

Applicants must meet the general requirements for graduate admission at San Francisco State. In addition, students must demonstrate an undergraduate proficiency equivalent to three of the following six AA S courses offered at SF State: AA S 320, AA S 330, AA S 350, AA S 360, AA S 370, and AA S 510. If judged deficient in undergraduate preparation, the student is required to take the above courses to meet the minimum requirements and should seek additional program advising.

 

General Information

The program consists of thirty units in five modules. No more than six units are allowed in Directed Reading or Special Study or a combination of both. A student must perform satisfactorily in the first year of graduate study by maintaining a minimum grade of B in all courses taken towards the degree or be subject to dismissal. CR/NC units are not acceptable towards the degree. A graduate student in good standing must maintain a B (3.0) GPA throughout the course of study.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Students must demonstrate proficiency in written English adequate for graduate study prior to admission by submitting a writing sample and Personal Statement with their application. Students deemed not meeting the Level One requirement may be admitted conditionally, but will be required to improve their writing skills by completing AA S 697 and/or ETHS 300 GW. All entering graduate students will be further required to confirm their Level One written English proficiency by passing core seminars taken in the first year with a grade of B- or better.

Level Two: Ability to do scholarly writing in AAS shall be demonstrated by means of Level Two assessment of the Master’s Thesis or written portions of other types of Culminating Experience project at the time of submission and as a condition of approval of the Culminating Experience project.

 

Program

Module 1. Theory and Research Methods in Asian American Studies: Intensive training in research methodologies as well as data analysis—in both the humanities and social sciences—to develop critical and analytical skills in Asian American Studies as a discipline of inquiry.

 

Module 2. Seminars in Asian American Studies: Thematic seminars to prepare students in disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

 

Module 3. Asian American Community Studies: In-depth studies of pertinent issues facing the Asian American community, particularly issues of public policy and health concerns through an interdisciplinary approach.

 

Module 4. Electives or Emphasis: Courses taken on advisement with prior approval from the graduate advisor that aim to provide flexibility for graduate students to enroll in courses (upper division and/or graduate courses offered within or outside the AA S Department) to pursue an emphasis within Asian American Studies; e.g., Asian area studies, counseling, creative writing, education, English studies, cinema, electronic or print journalism, health services, history, international business, international relations, social work, etc.

 

Module 5. Culminating Course—Master's Thesis or Field Study: An independent and final project, which can be either scholarly or creative/artistic under graduate faculty supervision, as evidence of abilities in both research methodologies and critical analysis or artistic creativity.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Curriculum

Theory and Research Methods (3-6 units)

Course Title  
AA S 697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies
AA S 710 Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies

 

Seminars in Asian American Studies (9-12 units)

Course Title  
AA S 800 Seminar: Contemporary Asian American Discourse
AA S 810 Seminar: Asian American Immigration
AA S 822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts
AA S 833 Seminar: Asian American Family and Identity

 

Asian American Community Studies (3-6 units)

Course Title  
AA S 865 Asian American Community and Public Policy
AA S 875 Asian American Community Health Issues

 

Electives or Emphasis (3-12 units)

Approved courses on advisement

 

Culminating Courses (3 units)

Course Title  
AA S 895 Field Study
AA S 898 Master's Thesis

Minimum total for M.A. degree: 30

 

 

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