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Asian and Asian American Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Asian and Asian American Studies - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (code A/STBA01) (120 units)

Students choosing an Asian Studies major are advised to select one of two tracks for the degree. The student may choose an area of studies track, concentrating on one or more specific Asian societies, such as China, Japan, India, or Southeast Asia. Or, the student may choose to focus on an Asian American Studies track and combine the study of Asian Americans as ethnic minorities with supporting investigation of the countries of their historical origin.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    • ASAM 200 Asian American Interethnic Relations (3)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • A/ST 300I Traditional Asia (3)
    • A/ST 301I Modern Asia (3)
    • A/ST 492 Proseminar in Asian Studies (3)

Take three semesters (or the equivalent) of a single Asian language, chosen from courses in Chinese, Japanese, or an Asian language approved by the undergraduate advisor.

Upper Division:

Take one of the following two tracks (minimum 21 units):

I. Area Studies Track

21 units of upper division work, including:

  • A/ST 492 Proseminar in Asian Studies (3)

Take additional courses selected from the list of approved electives with the following provisions:

  • 1. No more than 9 units shall be counted in a single discipline such as art or history
  • 2. No more than 9 units shall be credited that concentrate upon any one area of Asia, chosen from among the following: China, India, Japan, or Southeast Asia

No more than 6 units of courses on the Americas can be applied toward this requirement. (N.B. In the case of seminar, thematic, or variable topic courses, the assignment of a disciplinary and/or geographic category will be made by the undergraduate advisor in consultation with the appropriate faculty member).

II. Asian American Studies Track

21 units of upper division work, selected from the list of approved electives with the following provisions:

  • 1. A/ST 492 Proseminar in Asian Studies (3)
  • 2. 12 units of upper division Asian American Studies including:
    • ASAM 310 Education and the Asian American (3)
    • ASAM 345 Asian American Community Analysis (4)
  • 3. The remaining upper division units focusing on one geographical area of Asia, chosen from among the following: China, India, Japan, or Southeast Asia.

Certificate in Asian Studies (code A/STCT01)

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

Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree, with a major in a discipline other than Asian Studies. May be completed concurrently;

2. A minimum of two semesters or its equivalent of an approved Asian language which is to be selected in accordance with the area of concentration;

3. Take all of the following:

  • A/ST 300I Traditional Asia (3)
  • A/ST301I Modern Asia (3)

Take 12 units of upper division 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 6 units in any one discipline shall apply towards the Certificate.

**Information below has been altered from the print version of the CSULB Catalog. ASAM 321 is now included in the list of choices from Group 3, Asian Americans in Comaparative Perspectives. (Updated: 3/4/11)**

Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies (code A/STBA04) (120 units)

This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to explore the diverse histories, cultures, communities, and contemporary realities in Asian America. Admission to the program requires completion of the G.E. Foundation courses.

Requirements

A major in Asian American Studies requires a minimum of 34 units, with at least 18 units earned in residence at CSULB.

Lower-Division Core Courses (6 units):

    • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    • ASAM 221 Contemporary Issues in Asian America (3)

Upper-Division Core Courses (16 units):

  • Take one of the following courses:
    • A/ST 300I, 301I, 310
  • Take all of the following:
    • ASAM 305 Theories and Methods in Asian American Studies (3)
    • ASAM 345 Asian American Community Analysis (4)
    • ASAM 346 Asian Americans and the Law (3)
    • ASAM 495 Seminar in Asian American Studies (3)

Upper-Division Electives (12 units) selected from at least two of the following groups:

  • Group 1. Specific Ethnic Group Focus:
    • ASAM 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 352, 353, 354
  • Group 2. Gender Studies:
    • ASAM 340, 370, 381
  • Group 3. Asian Americans in Comparative Perspectives:
    • ASAM 319, 321, 335I, 341, 342
  • Group 4. Explorations in Asian America:
    • ASAM 310, 347, 360, 380, 490, 499

**The below information has been altered from the print version of the CSULB Catalog. ASAM 321 has been added to choices in bullet point 2. (Updated: 3/4/11)**

Minor in Asian American Studies (code A/STUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Asian American Studies is available to all majors. A minimum of 22 units which must include:

  • 1. Take all of the following courses:
    • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    • ASAM 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)
  • 2. Six units selected from among the following:
    • ASAM 260, 310, 321, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335I, 340, 341, 342, 346, 347, 352, 353, 360, 370, 381, 490, and 495.

**The below information has been altered from the print edition of the CSULB Catalog. ASAM 321 is properly listed under bullet point B. (Updated: 3/4/11)**

Certificate in Asian American Studies (code A/STCT02)

Students pursuing any approved degree or credential degree or credential program of the University may concurrently earn this certificate. Courses taken to meet the requirements may simultaneously be used, where applicable, to meet General Education requirements or the degree or credential requirements of cooperating departments. Certification of successful completion of requirements will be issued upon the recommendation of the Department Chair.

Requirements

  • 1. A bachelor's degree with a major other than Asian American Studies. May be completed concurrently;
  • 2. A minimum of 30 units distributed as follows:
    • A. Take all of the following courses:
    • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    • ASAM 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)
    • ASAM 360 Studies in Asian American Literature (3)
    • ASAM 495 Seminar in Asian American Studies (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • ASAM 200 Asian American Inter-Ethnic Relations (3)
    • ASAM 319 The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)
  • B. Take additional courses selected from the following:
    • ASAM 260, 310, 321, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335I, 340, 341, 342, 346, 347, 352, 353, 370, 381, 490, 495, 499.

Interested students should apply to the department office.