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Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines the study of Asian culture and identity with a choice of three concentrations: Asia and Business; Asia and Globalization; Chinese or Japanese Studies. Students are encouraged to study abroad in Asia as a means to partially fulfill their language requirement. Information about these study-abroad programs can be obtained at the AAAS office (F03-340) or the Center for International Education (BH 201).

Asian Studies students are interested in a wide range of professions in both the Liberal Arts and Sciences that require a cultural knowledge of Asia, trade in the region, and globalization. The core program provides students with the tools to understand the complex cultures of Asia, and the guidance to focus their interest and accomplish their goals. It prepares CSULB graduates for good jobs in international trade and business, non-profit work, international affairs, diplomacy, policy and public relations, and education. Students should select their concentration, foreign language study, and senior research project with their career objectives in mind.

Asian Studies uses an outcomes-based approach to education and incorporates the use of technology in the classroom. The pedagogical focus is on collaborative, project-based learning and communication associated with a twenty-first century skill set. Since both statistics and economics are important for this major, students are advised to take either ECON 101 or STAT 108 as part of their under-division GE requirements.


A minimum of 39 units distributed as follows:

Major Requirements

Foreign Language (12 units)

Take at least three semesters (or the equivalent) of a single Asian language. Language choices are Chinese, Japanese, or an Asian language approved by the AAAS undergraduate advisor (typically Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, or Cambodian). Students are encouraged to take their language courses early in their academic career and plan to study one or more semesters abroad in Asia to meet this requirement. Those with an Asian language competency may test out of this requirement. Visit the department for further information.


Core courses - 6 units

Take the following course:

  • AAAS 100 Asian Eats (3)
    Prerequisites: None

Take one of the following (3 units):

  • ASAM 120 Asian American History (3)
    Prerequisite/Co-requisite: One GE Foundation course.
  • AST 200 Popular Culture in East Asia (3)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or its equivalent.

Upper-Division (Minimum of 21 units: 9 units of core courses and 12 units of upper division electives):

Core courses - 9 units

Take one of the following (3 units):

  • ASAM 340 Asian American Family (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements and upper-division standing.
  • AST 306 Traditional Asia (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.

Take one of the following (3 units):

  • AST 307 Modern Asia (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • AST 309 Asia and Globalization (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.

Take the following course:

  • AAAS 492 Senior Research Seminar (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing in Asian Studies, Japanese, Chinese Studies, Asian American Studies or consent of the instructor.


Take a minimum of 12 units of upper-division electives from one of the following three concentrations:

Asia and Business concentration (any four courses below):

  • Economics and Finance:
    • A/ST 490, A/ST 499; ECON 300; ECON 310, ECON 311, ECON 341, ECON 366, ECON 372, ECON 465, ECON 470, ECON 471; FIN 300, FIN 360, FIN 460
  • Management and Information Systems:
    • A/ST 490, A/ST 499; CBA 300; HRM 360; MGMT 300; IS 300, IS 301, IS 310; I/ST 319, I/ST 350, I/ST 419
  • Design and Marketing:
    • A/ST 490, A/ST 499; DESN 368, DESN 370; GEOG 319; MKTG 300; BLAW 320

Asia and Globalization concentration (any four courses below):

  • ANTH 307; ASAM 335, ASAM 407; A/ST 320, A/ST 336, A/ST 490, A/ST 499; ; HIST 412, HIST 440; I/ST 320, I/ST 355, I/ST 463; JOUR 312; POSC 371, POSC 463; SOC 317, SOC 318, SOC 350, SOC 375, SOC 430

China or Japan concentration (any four courses below):

  • China: ANTH 332; ASAM 331; A/ST 490; A/ST 495; A/ST 499; CHIN 370, CHIN 380, CHIN 390, CHIN 421, CHIN 451; CHIN 462 ; GEOG 315; HIST 382A, HIST 382B, HIST 388, HIST 406, HIST 412; POSC 362; R/ST 341
  • Japan: ASAM 330; A/ST 490; A/ST 499; JAPN 311, JAPN 312, JAPN 350; CWL 403; GEOG 315; HIST 383A, HIST 383B, HIST 384, HIST 406, HIST 407; R/ST 341, R/ST 344

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