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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Asian and Asian American Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies (120 units)

This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to explore the diverse histories, cultures, communities, and contemporary realities in Asian America. Admission to the program requires completion of the GE Foundation courses.


A major in Asian American Studies requires a minimum of 34 units, with at least 18 units earned in residence at CSULB.

Lower-Division Core Courses (6 units):

Take all of the following:

  • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
  • ASAM 221 Contemporary Issues in Asian America (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements

Upper-Division Core Courses (16 units):

Take one of the following courses: A/ST 306I, 307I, 310

Take all of the following:

  • ASAM 305 Theories and Methods in Asian Studies and Asian American Studies (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor, GE Foundation requirements; ASAM 120 or 200
  • ASAM 345 Asian American Community Analysis (4)
    Prerequisites: None
  • ASAM 346 Asian Americans and the Law (3)
    Prerequisites: None
  • ASAM 495 Seminar in Asian American Studies (3)
    Prerequisites: None

Upper-Division Electives (12 units) selected from at least two of the following groups:

  • Group 1. Specific Ethnic Group Focus: ASAM 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 352, 353, 354
  • Group 2. Gender Studies: ASAM 340, 370, 381
  • Group 3. Asian Americans in Comparative Perspectives: ASAM 319, 321, 335I, 341, 342
  • Group 4. Explorations in Asian America: ASAM 310, 347, 350, 360, 380, 490, 499
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Asian and Asian American Studies

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