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ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

AAAS Major | AAAS Minor

Major in Asian and Asian American Studies

The department offers a major in Asian and Asian American Studies organized along four different tracks. Students wishing to major in Asian and Asian American Studies must choose from one of the following:

  1. Asian American and Diaspora Studies, with particular focus on the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Asians in the U.S. and, more broadly, Asians in the Americas.
  2. Asian Comparative, with particular focus on comparative studies of Asia that encompass two or more Asian countries.
  3. South Asian, with particular focus on the study of the diverse cultures, peoples and regions of South Asia.

All four tracks of the major consists of 11 courses including the two common core course requirements, and the 9 courses required by each individual track.

  1. One of the following core Asian American and Diaspora Studies courses:
     
    AAAS 220 Asian American Cultural Representations
    AAAS 267 Asian American History
    AAAS 371 Asian Americas or new courses as they become available.

  2. One of the following core Asian Studies Regional/Continental courses:

    AAAS 104 Introduction to Asian Art and Architecture
    AAAS 105 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
    AAAS 106 Introduction to Asian Civilizations
    AAAS 135 Introduction to the Cultures of China, Japan, and Korea

  3. Students must also complete five courses required by the particular track they choose, as well as four Asian and Asian American Studies elective courses.

In addition:

Asian American and Diaspora Studies Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as Asian American and Diaspora Studies, meaning courses on the Asian diaspora, including Asians in the United States and the Americas. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:

Students must also complete four additional elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include language courses.

Asian Comparative Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as Asian Comparative, meaning courses that examine more than one Asian country. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:

Students must also complete four additional elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include language courses.

South Asian Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as South Asia, meaning courses on (but not limited to) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:
 

Students must complete four additional elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include language courses.

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Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies

The minor in Asian and Asian American Studies allows students to supplement their major through participation in a cross-disciplinary program. The requirements include a total of six courses in Asian and Asian American Studies, from which:

In addition:

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Last Updated: 5/22/13