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Asian and Asian American Studies

Undergraduate Programs

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

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program and students majoring in Asian Studies choose an area of studies, concentrating on one or more specific Asian societies, such as China, Japan, India, or Southeast Asia, and a concentrated study of one specific topic.


  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    • ASAM 200 Asian American Interethnic Relations (3)
    • ASAM 221 Contemporary Issues in Asian America (3)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ASAM 305 Theories and Methods in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies (3)
    • A/ST 306I Traditional Asia (3)
    • A/ST 307I Modern Asia (3)
    • A/ST 492 Proseminar in Asian Studies (3)

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

Majors must take a minimum of 49 units.

For the upper-division courses, a minimum of 21 units, including the required courses and additional courses selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisor with the following provisions:

  • 1. No more than 9 units shall be counted in a single concentration of a specific topic;
  • 2. No more than 9 units shall be credited that concentrate upon any one area of Asia like China, India, Japan, or Southeast Asia. No more than 9 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.