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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.

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 101ASocial Science Methods in Ethnic Studies [4] 

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): 
Chinese American History [4] 
Japanese American History [4] 
Korean American History [4] 
Filipino American History [4] 
Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation [4] 
South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues [4] 
Muslims in America [4] 
Group 2 (Community): 
Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S [4] 
Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness [4] 
Law in the Asian American Community [4] 
Asian American Health [3] 
Religions of Asian America [4] 
Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities [4] 
Asian Americans and Education [4] 
Gender and Generation in Asian American Families [4] 
Asian American Women: Theory and Experience [4] 
The Second Generation Asian American Experience [4] 
Group 3 (Cultural): 
Topics in Asian Popular Culture [4] 
Asian Americans in Film and Video [4] 
Asian American Literature [4] 
Creative Writing [4] 
Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States [3] 
Genre in Asian American Literature [4] 
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture [4] 
Chinese American Literature [4] 
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 
Field Study in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies [1-3]

Field Study in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies [1-3]


*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 deweystg@berkeley.edu for more information.