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The Asian American Studies major is a designated capstone major. Students are required to complete either a community-based applied team research project or an independent scholarly or creative expression project. Those who select the community-based project are expected to use their scholarly knowledge and analytical skills to examine problems facing Asian and Pacific Islander American populations, think creatively and innovatively about evidence-based solutions, and to produce reports that benefit community stakeholders. Those who select to design and complete an independent scholarly or creative expression project pursue a key idea or theme of personal interest that is related to their prior coursework and to the experiences and realities of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Through their capstone work, all students are expected to demonstrate their skills in using and synthesizing knowledge gained in disparate courses and communicating effectively their findings and conclusions in a final paper, report, or project and in a public forum.

The BA program in Asian American Studies provides a general introduction for students who anticipate advanced work at the graduate level or careers in research, public service, and community work related to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. An overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better is required for admission to the major.


Students must take two courses from the following:

  • Asian American Studies 10 or 10W: History of Asian Americans;
  • Asian American Studies 20 or 20W: Contemporary Asian American Communities;
  • Asian American Studies 30 or 30W: Asian American Literature and Culture;
  • Asian American Studies 40 or 40W: Asian American Movement;
  • Asian American Studies 50 or 50W: Asian American Women

Students must complete twelve upper division courses*:

  • Scholarly and Creative Communication in Asian American Studies,¬†Asian American Studies 101;
  • One¬†AAS Creative Expression course, numbered from Asian American Studies
  • 112C, 120, 121, 122B, C142A, C142B, C142C, M160, M173;
  • One¬†AAS Diversity course, numbered from Asian American Studies 115, M116, 120, 130A, M130B, M130C, 131A, 131B, 131C, 132A, 133, 134, 143B, M143C, M160, M164, M165, M166A, 167, M169, 174A, 175A, 187C, 191C;
  • One¬†AAS¬†Engaged Scholarship course, numbered from Asian American Studies 104A, 104B, 140SL, 141A, 141B, M143A, M168,195, 195CE, HIST 195CE, SOCIOL 195CE;
  • One¬†AAS¬†Global/Transnational Perspectives course, numbered from Asian American Studies 122A, 123, M163, M164, 170, 171A, 171B, 171C, M171D, 171E, M172A, 172B, M172C, 174B, 175B, 176, 177;
  • One¬†AAS¬†Multidisciplinary Approaches¬†course, numbered from Asian American Studies 103 through M129, M161, M166B, M166C, M168, M172C, 187A, 191A, M191F;
  • One¬†AAS¬†Capstone¬†Course, Asian American Studies 185 or Asian American Studies 186 (formerly 187);
  • Five¬†AAS Electives, numbered from Asian American Studies 103 through 199


  • No more than 12 graded units of Asian American Studies 195, 197, 198, and 199 may be applied toward the major.
  • Asian American Studies 192 and 196 may not be applied toward the major.
  • Each course applied toward the major must be taken for a letter grade (courses offered only on a P/NP grading basis are acceptable), each must be at least 4 units, and students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

Major Requirement worksheet for students entering Fall 2013 and after: 

Undergraduate-Major-Course-Planning-Worksheet-2022 (last updated: June 29, 2022)


Please note that this worksheet is used as a course-planning tool only. This form is not to serve as the official completion document.


Students may fulfill the Asian American Studies Undergraduate capstone requirement by one of the following two options:

  • ASIA AM 185: community-based applied research project); OR
  • ASIA AM 186 (formerly numbered 187): research seminar culminating in independent scholarly or creative-expression project

Past Capstone Project Examples


AAS 185: TOD Impacts on Businesses in Four Asian American Neighborhoods

  • Overview Report
  • Koreatown
  • Thai Town
  • Chinatown
  • Little Tokyo

Impact of Big Businesses in Chinatown


Asian American Enclaves and Community Institutions/Sawtelle Japantown Association

  • The Trajectory of Japanese American Neighborhoods
  • Asian Neighborhoods and Official Designation
  • Preserving Ethnic Neighborhoods through Cultural Institutions
  • Neighborhood Planning in Los Angeles Asian Neighborhoods


Through the Asian American Studies honors program, Asian American Studies majors undertake a year-long thesis or its equivalent with the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Successful completion of the departmental honors program is indicated on the transcript. For additional information about the departmental honors program, contact the undergraduate academic adviser.

Honors Program Admission

The honors program is open to junior and senior Asian American Studies majors who have (1) 90 or more total units, (2) a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in upper-division Asian American Studies courses and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and (3) completed two lower-division Asian American Studies courses.

Honors Program Requirements

Honors students must take the Asian American Studies 198A, 198B, and 198C sequence in which they write a thesis or its equivalent under the direction of a faculty member.



Interested in double majoring? Students in good academic standing may petition to declare a double major consisting of departmental majors from two departments in the College of Letters and Science, provided it can be done with 216 units and time-to-degree.  Please review the College’s process and regulations to declare a double major here: Students can petition to declare a double major after having completed the following:

  • All prerequisites for both majors
  • 2 upper division courses in both majors
Double Major Restrictions

With a few exceptions, double majors within the same department are not allowed. Students must designate one of the two majors as their primary major. No more than 20 upper division units may be common to both majors. If you choose to double major in a department in the College of Letters and Science AND in another school, then your primary major must be the non-College of Letters and Science major.

How to Petition for a Double Major

(1) Submit 3 petitions:

(2) Ask the department advisor/counselor from each major to complete the following steps:

  • Review Degree Audit Report (DAR) with you to review all major requirements
  • Complete and sign/date the Undergraduate Program Change Petition
  • Complete and sign/date sections 3-5 of the Double Major Petition by noting any substitutions or waivers of major requirements that have been approved but are not accurately reflected on DARS, and indicating any course overlaps between majors
  • On the Degree Plan Contract: initial next to the courses that satisfy major requirements, and sign/date the petition

(3) If you will exceed the 216 unit maximum and/or your time-to-degree, you must submit a Blue Petition along with your double major petitions and address your academic reasoning for requesting additional units/time: UCLA College Blue Petition

(4) Submit the following to your College or School counseling unit:

  • Undergraduate Program Change Petition
  • Double Major Petition
  • Degree Plan Contract
  • Blue Petition (if you are exceeding the 216 unit maximum or time-to-degree)

(5) Check the status of your petition on MyUCLA > “Academics” tab > “Petitions” link


Prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students may email Dean Dacumos with any questions related to academic advising and admissions:

Research/creative project support from the Undergraduate Research Center

The¬†Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences¬†(URC-HASS)¬†is UCLA’s one stop shop for students conducting research or creative projects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. URC-HASS offers workshops, info sessions,¬†one-on-one¬†appointments, and¬†scholarship programs for undergraduates at UCLA.

  • Get Help With Your Research: Schedule one-on-one appointments¬†with Graduate Student Mentors to get help with¬†all of your research and creative project needs, including but not limited to:
    • turning an interest into a research topic
    • navigating¬†how to find¬†a faculty mentor
    • developing a research plan
    • reviewing program application drafts
    • finding the right methods for researching a topic
  • Attend a¬†Workshop: In collaboration with the UCLA Library, each quarter, URC offers a series of workshops to help students grow and refine their research skills!
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Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 10. Multidisciplinary examination of history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Multidisciplinary introduction to contemporary Asian American populations and communities in U.S. Topics include contemporary immigration, demographic trends, sociocultural, economic, and political issues, and interethnic relations. P/NP or letter grading.

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 30W. Multidisciplinary introduction to Asian American literature and cultural production, with examination of some combination of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, performance, film, visual art, music, and/or new media. P/NP or letter grading.

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Using Asian American movement of late 1960s and 1970s as lens, introduction to social history methods, including role of oral history, documentary films, and archival history, and analysis of primary and secondary sources. Asian American movement situated within larger frame of social change of era and interpretation of nation and society through lives of ordinary men and women. Exploration of campus- and community-based activism, service learning, and civic engagement. P/NP or letter grading.

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Overview of history of feminist theory and intersection of gender, class, race/ethnicity from cross-cultural perspectives, with focus on Asian American women’s lived experiences in U.S. Topics include Asian American women’s roles in family life, work, community organization, social change, and cultural creativity. Examination of broader structural forces that affect women in society, such as racialization, immigration, global capitalism, colonialism and postcolonialism, and social movements. P/NP or letter grading.