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The Pilipino Studies Minor requires a total of 7 courses:


Students must complete one (1) lower-division courses from:

  • 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

AND one (1) additional lower-division course from:

  • Filipino 1: Introductory Filipino
  • Filipino 2: Introductory Filipino
  • Filipino 3: Introductory Filipino
  • Filipino 4: Intermediate Filipino
  • Filipino 5: Intermediate Filipino
  • Filipino 6: Intermediate Filipino
  • History 9E: Introduction to Asian Civilizations: Southeast Asian Crossroads


Students must complete one (1) upper-division courses from:

  • AAS 133, AAS M171D OR HIST M144C, AAS 176

Students must complete one (1)  additional upper-division course from:

  • ANTHRO 116S, 118, 164, HIST 176A, 176B, 176C

Students must complete three (3) upper-division elective courses from:

  • Anthro 116S, 118, 164, AAS 133, AAS M171D OR HIST M144C, AAS 176, 177, FILIPNO 152, 155, GEOG 145, HIST 176A, 176B, 176C


  • A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
  • Each course applied toward the minor 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.
  • Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Minor requirement worksheet for students to use as a planning tool only: 

Pilipino Studies Minor Course Planning Worksheet 2020 (last updated: October 26, 2020)


  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed both lower-division program requirements, and file an Undergraduate Program Change Petition with the Department Academic Advisor (send via MyUCLA Message Center or in-person, advising appointments preferred)

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.
  • Attend an Info Session: URC info sessions cover the ins and outs of each research scholarship program, eligibility requirements, and tips for submitting a standout application.
  • Find a Research Opportunity: Create a profile on, and start researching alongside UCLA’s world-renowned faculty! Faculty regularly post research assistant opportunities on the Undergraduate Research Portal.

Pilipino Studies Minor’s Faculty:

Stephen Acabado

UCLA Department of Anthropology

Anthro 118Q, Conquest and Colonialism.
Designed to expose students to anthropological issues on European conquest and colonialism. Comparative view of colonialism through examination of case studies of encounters and entanglements between peoples of different cultural traditions during past 500 years. Particular interest is placed in rapid environmental and social transformations that ensued soon after contacts between indigenous groups and European explorers, emphasizing responses of indigenous peoples to such contacts. Focus on archaeological perspectives, particularly long-term dynamics of cross-cultural entanglements, and effects of such interactions in landscape, material culture, and past ways of life. Highlights significant contributions of archaeology to understanding often rapid and dramatic cultural changes experienced by peoples involved in colonial encounters.

Victor Bascara

UCLA Asian American Studies Department

L. MSP Burns

UCLA Asian American Studies Department

AAS 30W Asian American Literature and Culture Units: 5.0
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.

Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi

UCLA Department of Asian American Studies

Cindy Sangalang

UCLA Asian American Studies Department and Social Welfare/Luskin School of Public Affairs

Nenita Domingo

UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Introductory Filipino Units: 5.0.
Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 2 with grade of C or better. Coverage of basic Filipino/Tagalog grammar, with equal emphasis on reading, writing, conversation, and comprehension. P/NP or letter grading.

Oona Paredes

UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Christopher Erickson

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Lieba Faier

UCLA Department of Geography

Gilbert Gee

UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences

Jessica Gipson

UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences

Ninez Ponce

UCLA School of Public Health

Jasmine Trice

UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Kie Zuraw

Department of Linguistics