Pilipino Studies Concentration

The UCLA Department of Asian American Studies offers a concentration in Pilipino Studies to allow undergraduates within the Asian American Studies major to be recognized by the Asian American Studies Department for having pursued a curricular emphasis in Pilipino Studies.

Students must take two core courses, one research methods, service learning, or independent tutorial course that investigates a particular Pilipino studies topic in depth, and two elective courses in fields relevant to Pilipino studies. Many, if not all, of these requirements for the Asian American Studies Pilipino Studies Concentration also fulfill requirements for the participant's Asian American Studies Major. Progress and course selection will be monitored by the appointed department faculty advisor who, upon their completion of the requirements, will furnish each concentrator with a letter acknowledging the completion of the concentration in Pilipino Studies.

Eligibility & Procedures

All undergraduate students in good standing enrolled at UCLA and declared in the Asian American Studies major are eligible. Taking part in the concentration is ot competitive, but space in courses may be limited. Enrollment in each course is dependent upon their home department's limitations.

To initiate your concentration:

  • If you are already a declared Asian American Studies major, consult the Pilipino Studies Concentration Faculty Advisors, Professor Victor Bascara or Professor Lucy Burns;
  • If you are not yet a declared Asian American Studies major, schedule an appointment with the Asian American Studies Department Student Affairs Officer, Kristine Jan Espinoza, at kristinejan@asianam.ucla.edu;
  • Commence with the required concentration coursework.

Required Courses:

Five courses in the Department of Asian American Studies, taken for a letter grade, from the following:

  1. Two core courses: AAS 133 and AAS M171D (Same as History M144C)
  2. One research methods, or a service learning or independent tutorial course that investigates a particular Pilipino studies topic in further depth. 195, 197, and 199 courses are limited to juniors and seniors. See specific descriptions/restrictions under each departmental listing for each type of course.
  3. Two elective courses in fields relevant to Pilipino studies. Consult with the faculty advisor on selection of these courses.

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