New Changes to the Asian American Studies Major Course Requirements Give You more Flexibility and Efficiency

Beginning the 2012-2013 academic year, the Asian American Studies major will see new changes to its course requirements, making the process of obtaining your degree in Asian American Studies more streamlined. The new requirements will apply to both current and prospective undergraduate students. Consider majoring or double-majoring in Asian American Studies today!

View the new course requirements, effective Fall 2012, here (JPG file). And for comparison, you can view the current requirements here (PDF file).

All of your GE and School of Humanities course requirements remain the same, of course. As for your Asian American Studies major, here are the big changes highlighted for you:

There will no longer be the Introductory Asian American Studies 60 A-B-C series (Asian American Studies will hereafter be referred to as AsAm as course listing). Instead, you can now choose from three of six different introductory courses available. So many options, so many possibilities! There are some restrictions, however, to which three of the six you must take for your major:

  1. You must take either AsAm 50 (Asian American Histories) OR AsAm 51 (The U.S. and Asian). AsAm 60A, for those of you have taken it already, will count toward this, so you will not have to take AsAm 50 or 51.
  2. You must take either AsAm 52 (Asian American Communities) OR AsAm 53 (Asian Americans and Comparative Race Relations). AsAm 60B will count for AsAm 52, and AsAm 60C will count for AsAm 53.
  3. You must take either AsAm 54 (Asian American Stories) OR AsAm 55 (Asian Americans and the Media).

For those of you who have already taken AsAm 60C, were you hoping that this class would count for AsAm 54/55 in the new third course requirement? Unfortunately, it does not, but it still counts toward being one of the four additional upper-division elective AsAm courses you must take! You also notice that AsAm 101, a formerly required course, is no longer required in the Fall 2012 guidelines. This will also count toward one of your four additional elective courses if you have already taken it. So that’s great news, if you’ve already taken AsAm 60C and 101, then you’ll only need two more elective courses!

But wait, you might notice that this four-elective-courses requirement is new. This actually gives you more flexibility—in the old requirements, you had to take two courses from AsAm 110-129, two courses from AsAm 130-149, two courses from AsAm 151-160, and two courses from AsAm 161-170. With the new Fall 2012 requirements, you only have to take one course from each of these four AsAm categories. The other four courses are now the new elective courses, which you can fulfill by taking any upper-division AsAm course (and AsAm 60C or 60B if one of them is used to count for 52 or 53).

In addition to AsAm 101 no longer being required, you also no longer have to take one course on “historical, cultural, or political institutions of Asia,” and you no longer have to take a fifth Asian American Studies upper-division elective class or an upper-division class in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Woman’s studies. Count it up—that’s three less required courses (from 15 to 12) that you have to take to finish your Asian American Studies major! (Though we highly recommend that you take these classes and many many many other critical studies classes to further enrich your education.)

All of these new changes serve to offer you a greater variety in course selection and more flexibility with your schedule. Make sure to check WebReg for Asian American Studies courses offered this coming Fall! As you can see, the new introductory courses Asian American Communities (AsAm 52) and Asian American Stories (AsAm 54) are already up! You can knock out two introductory courses in one quarter, something you couldn’t do with the 60 A-B-C series, in which only one in the series was offered each quarter. If you couldn’t fit 60B in your Winter schedule in the last few years, for example, you’d have to wait again until the next Winter to take it. Now, if you can’t do 52 one quarter, you might be able to do 53 the next quarter, no year-long wait necessary!

With that much flexibility, why not consider double-majoring?

Are you still unsure about majoring in Asian American Studies? You can read a great blog on why you should here.

Talk to your counselor or the Asian American Studies undergraduate counselor Dr. Dorothy Fujita-Rony to learn more about the Asian American Studies degree.

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