ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
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.
LOWER DIVISION CORE COURSES
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
UPPER DIVISION COURSES
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, 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 140SL, 141A, 141B, M143A, M168, 195;
- 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;
- 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 (last updated: October 17, 2018)
*FOR STUDENTS ENTERING BEFORE FALL 2013, PLEASE CLICK HERE
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
- Thai Town
- 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
DEPARTMENT HONORS PROGRAM
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.
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 Academic Advisor through MyUCLA Message Center.
- Commence with the required concentration coursework.
Five courses in the Department of Asian American Studies, taken for a letter grade, from the following:
- Two core courses: AAS 133 and AAS M171D (Same as History M144C)
- 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.
- Two elective courses in fields relevant to Pilipino Studies. Consult with the faculty advisor on selection of these courses.
Pilipino Studies Concentration
TO DECLARE THE MAJOR
Students must file an Undergraduate Program Change Petition with the Department Academic Advisor (send via MyUCLA Message Center or in-person, advising appointments preferred)
TO DECLARE A DOUBLE MAJOR
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. 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 departemnt 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