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Asian American Studies

College of Ethnic Studies
Dean: D. Phillip McGee

Department of Asian American Studies
PSY 103
Chair: Marlon K. Hom


Professors--Begonia, Chan, J., Chew, Dong, Hom, Okutsu, Woo

Associate Professors--Chung, Gonzales, Kobashigawa

Assistant Professor--Tran


Minor in Asian American Studies

Program Scope

The goals of the Asian American Studies Department include:

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.

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, arts, and contemporary family and community experience, 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 in the 85-unit liberal studies program for credential candidates. Students are encouraged to see a Liberal Studies adviser early in their enrollment, if they wish to make full use of these options.

Teacher Preparation. Courses in the Asian American Studies Department will 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 and meet credential subject matter requirements as described earlier as part of the liberal studies major.


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


Core Courses

Introductory Course (chosen from one of the
following)								3

AAS 200		History of Asian Americans
ETHS 210	Asian American Culture
ETHS 220	Asians in America

Ethnic-group Courses--one each chosen from 
three of the four ethnic groups listed below)				9
Chinese American
AAS 310		Chinese in America
AAS 315		Chinese American Personality
AAS 322		Chinese American Culture--Language, and Literature
Pilipino American
AAS 355		Psychology and Behavior of Pilipinos
AAS 363		Survey of Philippine Literature
AAS 456		Pilipinos in America: Problems of Transition
Japanese American
AAS 331		Japanese Americans in the United States
AAS 335		Japanese American Personality
AAS 444		Japanese American Art and Expression
Southeast Asian American
AAS 370		Southeast Asians in America
Thematic or Cross-ethnic Courses--one chosen 
from the following:							3

AAS 205		Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions
AAS 206		Introduction to Asian American Literature
AAS 308		Photographic Exploration of Asian America
AAS 406		Asian American Workshop in Creative Writing
AAS 434		Concentration Camps, U.S.A.
AAS 603		Asian American Women
AAS 693		Asian Americans and the Mass Media

Concluding Community Courses--one chosen 
from the following:							3

AAS 680		Community: Changes and Development
AAS 695		Seminar on Contemporary Asian 
		American Communities Electives
Asian American Studies courses on advisement, 
with at least one upper division AAS course				6
Total for minor								24

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