Departments & Programs

Asian American Studies

Course Descriptions

  • AAST–A 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3 cr.) S & H, CSA Examines the histories, experiences, and cultures that shape the Asian American community. Through articles, books, and film, this course explores the commonalities and the diversity of experiences among Asians in the United States, with particular focus on such issues as immigration, education, community, and identity.
  • AAST–A 201 Asian Diaspora Experience (3 cr.) A & H, CSA Explores the Asian Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  Examines Asian diasporic experience through diverse cultural forms: literature, art, music, dance, theatre, news, film, and other popular media. Addresses such salient issues as identity in transition, ecology and human ecology, globalization, and more.
  • AAST–A 300 Topics in Asian American Studies (3 cr.) CSA Advanced study of a single focused topic in Asian American studies, with attention to disciplinary and interdisciplinary interpretations, frameworks of theory and practice, and skills in research, analysis, and writing. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • AAST–A 495 Independent Readings and Research in Asian American Studies (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor and program director. Independent readings or research project in Asian American studies. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • AAST–A 499 Capstone Seminar in Asian American Studies (3 cr.) P: Consent of the program. A faculty-supervised course of independent research utilizing a specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach and culminating in a paper or report. The project may incorporate a practical or service-learning component and the use of diverse media. The report must include a written, analytical component.