Majoring in AAADS


In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Questions about the AAADS programs? Contact our advisors:

Lower Division Major Requirements (3 courses)

ETH STD 11ACIntroduction to Ethnic Studies4
ASAMST 20AIntroduction to the History of Asians in the United States4
Select one course from the following:8
Asian American Communities and Race Relations [4] 
Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities
Asian American Communities and Race Relations [4] 
Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities [4] 
Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities [4]

(1)  ASAMST 131                     Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective [4]

(2)  ETH STD 101A                  Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies [4]

OR  ETH STD 101B                 Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies [4]

(3) Completion of one course from Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies 

(4) Completion of one Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies course from each group below

Group 1 (History): 

ASAMST 121                            Chinese American History [4] 

ASAMST 122                            Japanese American History [4]

ASAMST 123                            Korean American History [4] 

ASAMST 124                            Filipino American History [4] 

ASAMST 126                           Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation [4]

ASAMST 127                           South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues [4] 

ASAMST 128AC                       Muslims in America [4]

Group 2 (Community):

ASAMST 125                           Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S [4] 

ASAMST 132AC                      Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness [4]

ASAMST 141                           Law in the Asian American Community [4] 

ASAMST 143AC                      Asian American Health [3]

ASAMST 143B                        Advancing Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities [4]

ASAMST 144                          Religions of Asian America [4]

ASAMST 145AC                     Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities [4]

ASAMST 146                          Asian Americans and Education [4]

ASAMST 150                         Gender and Generation in Asian American Families [4]

ASAMST 151AC                    Asian American Women: Theory and Experience [4] 

ASAMST 152                         The Second Generation Asian American Experience [4]

Group 3 (Cultural):

ASAMST 138                         Topics in Asian Popular Culture [4] 

ASAMST 171                         Asian Americans in Film and Video [4] 

ASAMST 172                         Asian American Literature [4] 

ASAMST 173                         Creative Writing [4] 

ASAMST 175                         Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States [3] 

ASAMST 176                        Genre in Asian American Literature [4]

ASAMST 178                        Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature [4]

ASAMST 181                        Chinese American Literature [4] 

ASAMST 183                        Korean American Literature [4]

(5) Two additional electives that can be satisfied with related courses from outside departments (i.e., Asian Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures, History, South & Southeast Asian Studies), Asian language courses, EAP courses from an Asian university, or related coursework from other 4-year universities.

(6) Field Study 

ASAMST 197                        Field Study in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
                                              [4 units total needed to complete the field study requirement]

Field Study in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies [4 units total needed to complete the field study requirement]

*The field study course counts towards the Upper Division Major Requirement.

Pursuing an Honors Thesis can also count towards your upper-division requirements (3 units). 

If you’re interested in conducting an Honors Thesis, please contact for more information.