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AAAS Students in China
AAAS Okinawa cultural event here at CSULB
AAAS Students in Taiwan
AAAS Students in Vietnam
AAAS MA Graduates, 2012
Dr. Teri Yamada interviewed on CTN in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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AAAS Students in Korea

The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) offers cutting edge language courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other Asian languages.  Our four BA programs train students to research and explore Asian civilizations, both here and abroad, from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Transfer Students: Undergraduate Admission Policy for Spring and Fall 2014

Freshman Students: Application and Admission


APPLICATIONS accepted in October 2014


Why Study Asia? By Dr. Teri Yamada, Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies


♦Chinese Studies.  Providing training for functional literacy in three years, this program also offers study abroad opportunities in Taipei and Shanghai.  It is known for its cutting edge approach to teaching Chinese through social media and instructional technology.

♦Japanese.  Providing training for functional literacy in fours years, this program also offers study abroad opportunities in Japan and a BCLAD certification pathway to train Japanese language teachers for public schools.

♦Asian Studies.  Providing a comparative understanding of Asian cultures with a focus on the exchange of goods and concepts in the region and how they influence the global political economy, this program advocates study abroad programs throughout Asia.

♦Asian American Studies.  Providing extensive training on the Asian American experience, this program advocates community involvement, research and service in local Asian communities.


For the most competitive training at CSU Long Beach while aiming to graduate in four years, AAAS advocates combining our BA programs with a minor or certificate in another discipline.  Asian languages are strategically important to business and government; bilingual fluency increases competitiveness and income.  We suggest using the Sophomore year to study abroad in Asia.

Suggested minors or certificates in other disciplines to combine with an AAAS BA degree program:

♦Computer Science (CECS)

♦Computer Applications (CECS)

♦Entrepreneurship (CBA)

♦Global Migration Studies (CLA)

♦International Business (CBA)

♦International Economics (CLA)

♦Web and Technology Literacy (CECS)

Contact Us

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

Contact us at 562-985-4645 or stop by our office in FO3-340

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