Majoring in AAADS


The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies major at Berkeley is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of transnational historical and contemporary experiences of Asian-ancestry groups in local, national and global contexts. Connections among Asian communities around the world are explored in terms of political contexts of migration, specifically developments in Asia and the U.S. and between Asia and the U.S., and community formation as well as diasporic social activism and cultural issues.


Lower Division

  • AAS 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States
  • AAS 20AC: Asian American Communities and Race Relations OR AAS 20C: Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities
  • Two of the following courses: ES 10AC: A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, ES 11AC: Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies, ES 20AC: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, ES 21AC: A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S., or ES 41AC: A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 60’s.

Upper Division

  • ES 101A: Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies OR 101B: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies
  • AAS 131: Asian Diasporas from an Asian American Perspective
  • AAS 197 (four units): Field Work in Asian American Communities
  • two additional electives that can be satisfied with AASDS related courses from outside departments or other UC campuses, EAP courses in an Asian university, or Asian language courses


Completion of at least one from each group below for a total of three electives courses:

Group 1 (history): 121: Chinese American History, 122: Japanese American History, 123: Korean American and Korean Diaspora History, 124: Filipino American History, 126: Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation, 127: South Asian American Historical and Community Issues, or 128AC: Muslims in America

Group 2 (community studies): 125: Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S., 132: Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness, 141: Law in the Asian American Community, 143: Asian Americans and Health, 144: Religions of Asian America, 145: Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities, 146: Asian Americans and Education, 151: Asian Immigrant Women Workers, 165: Research Methods: Video Documentation, or AAS 150: Gender and Generation in the Asian American Family

Group 3 (cultural studies): 138: Asian Popular Culture, 171: Asian American Cinema, 172: Asian American Literature, AAS 173: Asian American Creative Writing, 175: Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the U.S., 178: Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture, 181: Chinese American Literature, or 183: Korean American Cultural Studies


Minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: five upper division courses taken for a letter grade.

Questions can be addressed to undergraduate adviser Dewey St. Germaine (email him to ask questions or make an appointment).

Dewey St. Germaine

Dewey St. Germaine

Student Affairs Officer
(510) 643-6420
530 Barrows

Dewey has been working on campus since 1993 and has been the AAADS major advisor since 1998. He says that he loves the work and especially enjoys working with our undergraduate students. His goal is for his advising style to be knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, and understanding.