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Asian American Studies

Mission

Asian American Studies provides critical interdisciplinary perspectives on the various histories of contact, migration, and settlement of Asian groups in the United States. "Asian Americans" compose a diverse collection of diasporic communities, and are becoming increasingly fractured along socioeconomic and geographic lines. In an era of U.S. global hegemony fueled by an increasing military and economic presence in the Pacific Rim, Asian American Studies plays a crucial role in analyzing and shaping economic, political, cultural, and international relations between Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the United States.

At UCR, Asian American students constitute 41 percent of the student body. Presently, this major has only three ladder faculty, Professor Edward Chang, (an ethnicist), Associate Professor Dylan Rodríguez (American Filipino history), and Assistant Professor Jody Kim. The growing Asian enrollment and diversity within the Asian American student body and community at large require hiring of faculty who have a specialty in Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian/Indian studies.

Faculty

  • Edward Chang
  • Jodi Kim
  • Dylan Rodríguez

Major Requirements

  1. Lower-Division Requirements (12 units):
    1. Ethnic Studies 001: Introduction to the Study of Race & Ethnicity

    2. Ethnic Studies 005: Introduction to Asian American Studies

    3. One course chosen from:
      Ethnic Studies 002: Introduction to Chicano Studies
      Ethnic Studies 003: Introduction to African American Studies
      Ethnic Studies 007: Introduction to Native American Studies

  2. Upper-Division Requirements (40 units):
    1. Ethnic Studies 101A: Historical Development of Race, Racism, and White Supremacy
      OR
      Ethnic Studies 101B: Theories of Race and Resistance

    2. Ethnic Studies 100: Race and Ethnicity in a Comparative Perspective
      OR
      Ethnic Studies 131: Race, Class, and Gender

    3. Ethnic Studies 106: Theory in Asian American Studies
      Ethnic Studies 191R: Research Methodology

    4. Sixteen (16) additional upper-division units in Ethnic Studies chosen from courses focusing on the Asian American experience.

    5. A minimum of one Ethnic Studies course chosen from two of the following four areas of emphasis (8 units):
      1. African American Studies
      2. Chicano Studies
      3. Native American Studies
      4. Comparative Issues

Note: No internship courses may be counted toward the upper-division electives in Ethnic Studies.

Minor Requirements

  1. Lower-Division (4 units)
    1. Ethnic Studies 005: Introduction to Asian American Studies

  2. Upper-Division (20 units)
    1. Ethnic Studies 191R: Research Methodology

    2. Twenty (20) additional upper-division units in Ethnic Studies chosen from courses focusing on the Asian American experience.