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Certificate/Minor Program

A certificate program is a coherent grouping of courses from one or more disciplines. Such a program may provide an application focus in a particular field of study, or a multidisciplinary focus on a specific topic or area. A certificate provides formal recognition by the University that the course of study involves substantial exposure to the field or topic. The Certificate offered in Asian Studies, will be awarded concurrently with the Bachelor’s Degree and after completion of an approved programmatic check by the Undergraduate Advisor, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the Records Office. Courses taken to meet the requirements of the certificate program offered by AAAS may also simultaneously be used, where applicable, to meet General Education requirements of cooperating departments. Students should be aware that they must pass the Writing Proficiency Examination before the Certificate can be awarded, and that certain limitations (no more than one-forth of course-work applied to the Program) apply to the use of extension and/or transfer credit taken outside CSULB. Interested students should consult the department office.

Certificate in Asian Studies

A student may earn a Certificate in Asian Studies with a concentration on either China, Japan, India or Southeast Asia. Where applicable, courses used to meet the certificate requirements also may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements or the degree requirements of the cooperating departments.

  1. Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a degree program.
  2. A minimum of two (2) semesters or its equivalent of an approved Asian language that is selected in accordance with the area of concentration.
  3. All students must take A/ST 306I (Traditional Asia) and A/ST 307I (Modern Asia).
  4. Twelve (12) units of upper-division course work divided among two or more disciplines. These are to be selected in accordance with the area of concentration and in consultation with the student’s advisor. No more than six (6) units in any one discipline shall apply towards the Certificate.

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Minor in Asian American Studies

A minimum of 22 units which must include:

A. Take all of the following courses:

ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
ASAN 221 Contemporary Issues in Asian America (3)
ASAM 305 Theories and Methods in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies (3)
ASAM 345 Asian American Community Analysis (4)

Take one of the following courses:

ASAM 200 Asian American Inter-Ethnic Relations (3)
ASAM 319 The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)

B. Six units selected from among the following: ASAM 260, 310, 321, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335I, 340, 341, 342, 346, 347, 350, 352, 353, 360, 370, 381, 490 and 495

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Minor in Chinese Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture is a minor that focuses on the study of Chinese language.  It is available to any CSULB student, except for those who are majors in Chinese Studies or native Chinese speakers.  A minimum of 18 units is required.  Students are required to take three core courses in Chinese, then can choose two upper-division electives in consultation with the Chinese Studies Advisor.

Required courses:

CHIN 101: Fundamentals of Chinese (4)

CHIN 102: Fundamentals of Chinese (4)

CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese (4)

Chose any two from the following courses:

CHIN 380: Languages and Dialects in China (3)

CHIN 421: Current Affairs in China (3)

CHIN 451: Chinese Culture and Tradition (3)

CHIN 462: Contrastive Analysis of Chinese and English (3)

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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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