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Current Major

Asian American Studies (ASA) Major Requirements

This major applies to all students who matriculated into Asian American Studies during or after Fall 2014.

Contact our academic advisor with questions:

Preparatory Subject Matter

ASA 1 Historical Experience of Asian Americans

ASA 2 Contemporary Issues of Asian Americans

ASA 3 Methods in Asian American Studies

ASA 4 Asian American Cultural Studies

Two lower division courses from the following departments: 

African American and African Studies (AAS), American Studies (AMS), Chicana/o Studies (CHI),

Middle East and South Asia Studies (ME/SA), Native American Studies (NAS),

Women and Gender Studies (GSW).

32 units

4 units

4 units

4 units

4 units

8 units


Select two courses from any of the following methods courses:

  • AAS 101 Intro to Research in Afro-American Community
  • AMS 100 Methods in American Studies
  • ANT 13 Scientific Method in Physical Anthropology
  • AHI 100 Art Historical Methods
  • AHI 5 Intro to Visual Culture
  • ART 10 Introduction to Art Appreciation
  • ART 30 Introduction to Contemporary Visual Culture
  • CHI 23 Qualitative Research Methods
  • ENL 42 Approaches to Reading
  • ENL 110A Intro to Literary Theory
  • ENL 110B Intro to Modern Literature and Critical Theory
  • HIS 101 Intro to Historical Thought and Writing
  • HDE 120 Research Methods in Human Development
  • NAS 46 Orientation to Research in Native American Studies
  • PHI 5 Critical Reasoning
  • POL 51 Scientific Study of Politics
  • PSC 41 Research Methods in Psychology
  • SOC 46A Introduction to Social Research
  • SOC 46B Introduction to Social Research
  • STA 13 Elementary Statistics
  • WMS 104 Feminist Approaches to Inquiry

8 units















Depth Subject Matter


Choose at least six upper division Asian American Studies courses

  • ASA 100 Asian American Communities
  • ASA 102 Theoretical Perspectives in Asian American Studies
  • ASA 112 Asian American Women
  • ASA 113 Asian American Sexuality
  • ASA 114 Asian Diasporas
  • ASA 115 Multiracial Asian Pacific American
  • ASA 116 Asian American Youth
  • ASA 121 Asian American Performance
  • ASA 130 Asian American Literature
  • ASA 131 Ethnicity, Culture, and the Self
  • ASA 132 Health Issues Confronting Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
  • ASA 140 Asian Americans and Media
  • ASA 141 Asian Americans & the Political Culture of Fashion in U.S. & Asia
  • ASA 150 Filipino American Experience
  • ASA 150B Japanese American Experience
  • ASA 150C Chinese American Experience
  • ASA 150D Korean American Experience
  • ASA 150E Southeast Asian American Experience
  • ASA 150F South Asian American History, Culture, & Politics
  • ASA 155 Asian American Legal History
  • ASA 189A Topics in Asian American Studies-History
  • ASA 189B Topics in Asian American Studies-Culture 
  • ASA 189C Topics in Asian American Studies-Health
  • ASA 189D Topics in Asian American Studies-Policy & Community
  • ASA 189E Topics in Asian American Studies-Comparative Race Studies
  • ASA 189F Topics in Asian American Studies-Asian and Asian American Studies
  • ASA 189G Topics in Asian American Studies-Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
  • ASA 189H Topics in Asian American Studies-Society and Institutions
  • ASA 189I Topics in Asian American Studies-Politics and Social Movements
  • ASA 194/195 Senior Thesis**
  • ASA 198 Directed Group Study (1-5 units)***
  • ASA 199 Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5 units)***

Elective Courses

Select two upper-division courses from other departments or programs. 

36-44 units

4 units

24 units






















8 units

Total Required Units: 

68 units

* ASA 192 is a required, along with an external community internship. See internship requirement page for more information

**ASA 194 & ASA 195 is a series of courses taken consecutively in two quarters; students enrolling in ASA 194 must also enroll in ASA 195 the following quarter to complete the series.

***Up to 6 units in ASA 198 and/or ASA 199 can be used to satisfy the Asian American Studies upper division course requirements.

2 courses (of up to 8 units) from Study Abroad can be substituted for major requirements upon approval from the SAO or faculty advisor.