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Asian American Studies

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

Asian American studies introduces and expands on the Asian American experience for all students. Those in the major deeply explore culture, tradition, challenges and successes throughout a variety of Asian American communities. Accompanying the major is our internship program with the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies and the New Vietnam Studies Initiative, where students can participate in volunteer and research-based projects. Students completing the major leave with newfound knowledge and context of Asian experiences. They are equipped with professional skills that aid in the preparation and advancement of their career goals.

Major Requirements

The department offers the opportunity for students to explore experiences of Asian Americans, particularly their community, culture and histories. The department provides a well rounded, interdisciplinary curriculum which engages approaches from areas such as history, law and society, social movements, global studies, cultural studies, film and media, women studies, health and much more. After you have completed a series of foundation courses on Asian American studies, the program allows you to choose a specialization in elective courses, as well as get experience in research and community internships.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist

Graduate Study

  • Asian American studies
  • Asia Pacific studies
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Health

Alumni Employers

  • UC Davis
  • California Department of Education
  • California Nurses Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • California Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus
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