College Schools, Departments & Programs

Asian American Studies

Course Descriptions
  • AAST-A 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3 cr.) 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 200 Asian American Literature (3 cr.) Survey of Asian American literary production featuring works from a variety of genres--lyric poetry, short fiction, drama, non-fiction, life writing and novels. Works selected from American writers of Asian descent including those of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Taiwanese, or Vietnamese heritage.
  • AAST-A 201 Asian Diaspora Experience (3 cr.) 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 210 Issues in Asian America (3 cr.) Exploration of various social and historical issues facing Asian Americans in the United States, such as Asian American history, mental health, and social problems. Examination of various local and global forces that have shaped the lives of Asian Americans, as well as the ways in which Asian Americans have impacted regional, national, and international dynamics. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • AAST-A 300 Topics in Asian American Studies (3 cr.) 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 320 Advanced Topics in Asian American Literature (3 cr.) In-depth study of a single author or topic as manifested in literary works produced by and about Asian Americans. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
  • AAST-X 490 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 in X490 and AAST-A 495.
  • 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.