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The Minor in Asian American Studies

Course Requirements for the Minor: 24 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Minor Core: 15 units

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as SOCI 152 .
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000003)
This course is also offered as ENGL 253 .
An introduction to various traditions and issues of the Asian American experience in literature. The course explores both early and contemporary novels, poems, and plays by writers of different genders, ethnicities, and cultures. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000002)
This course is also offered as SOCI 351 .
This course explores how Asian American communities maintain Asian cultures, establish North American cultures, and adapt to American society. Immigration and other demographic trends are discussed, as well as ethnic identity, assimilation patterns, and intergenerational relations. 3 hours lecture. (000006)
Examination of Asian immigration to the United States from a world system's perspective. Examines immigration process and the implication of this process for contemporary interest in Pacific Rim. Topics include origins of Asian immigration, major U.S. immigration legislation, demographic structure of contemporary Asian immigration, and cross-cultural comparisons of other world groups. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000008)
An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002602)

Breadth: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as ASST 110 .
This interdisciplinary course offers students an introduction to some of the many issues facing Asian nations today, grounded in an understanding of the historical, cultural, religious, and philosophical influences that underlie these challenges. The course examines the role of individuals in creating societal change in Asia through such things as political advocacy, cultural innovation, technological invention, the generation of literature, economic decision-making, military force, corruption, and other methods of influence. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021219)
An examination of Southeast Asian immigrants to North America. The cultural and historical backgrounds of Southeast Asian peoples (Hmong, Mien, Kampuchean, Vietnamese, etc.) will be discussed. The historical and political forces that stimulated immigration to North America and the subsequent adaptations made by these peoples to North American cultural contexts will be core themes for this course. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000009)
A comprehensive introduction to Eastern art, literature, and philosophy, as revealed in the civilizations of India, China, and Japan. The course examines the rise of civilization in India, China, and Japan with special focus on Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Buddha, and follows the development of artistic and intellectual culture down to modern times. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (020684)

Capstone: 6 units

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
Exploration of theory and extended research in the field of multicultural and gender studies leading to a public presentation. This course is designed as the capstone experience for multicultural and gender studies majors in the general option, and minors. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002610)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 and one of the following: AAST 152, AFAM 170, AIST 170, CHST 157, or WMST 170.
This course provides students with a grounding before community service fieldwork. Included are background history of service-learning and activism, theory and current issues in a variety of service areas, experience assessing specific needs and challenges in service. 3 hours lecture. (005646)
A supervised experience in the area of multicultural and/or gender studies offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with the Center director and be a major or minor. No more than 3 units may be counted toward the major or minor. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (005647)

Note: Students must take at least 3 units of internship. This is a letter-graded internship.

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