Pilipino Studies Minor

Pilipino Studies Minor Students at 2023 Commencement

Pilipino Studies Minor Requirements

Lower Division 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

Upper Division Courses

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

  • Asian American Studies 133: Pilipino American Experience
  • Asian American Studies M171D OR History M144C: Critical Issues in US: Philippine Relations
  • Asian American Studies 176: Making Fiction Work: Imagining Philippines and Its Elsewheres

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

  • Anthropology 116S: Selected Topics of Archeology in Southeast Asia
  • Anthropology 118Q: Conquest and Colonialism
  • Filipino 170: People, Society, and Culture of Philippines
  • History 176A: History of Southeast Asia
  • History 176B: History of Southeast Asia to 1815
  • History 176C: Philippine History

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

  • Upper Division Course(s) from the preceding lists or
  • Asian American Studies 177: Social Movements in Guam and Pacific
  • Filipino 152: Survey of Philippine Literature
  • Filipino 155: Topics in Filipino Cinema and Literature,
  • Geography 145: Slavery and Human Trafficking

Minor Policies

  • 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.

To Declare the Minor

  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed two lower-division Asian American Studies courses. If you have these requirements or questions about them, please contact the Student Advisor at justin.delacruz@asianam.ucla.edu to discuss. Please also complete an Undergraduate Program Change Petition prior to the meeting.

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Click for Pilipino Studies Minor Courses taught in Spring 2023

If you have any questions, please email justin.delacruz@asianam.ucla.edu.


Prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students may email Student Advisor Justin Dela Cruz with any questions related to academic advising and admissions: justin.delacruz@asianam.ucla.edu.

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 urp.my.ucla.edu, 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.

Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi

UCLA Department of Asian American Studies

Lieba Faier

UCLA Department of Geography

Oona Paredes

UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

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.

Victor Bascara

UCLA Asian American Studies Department

Cindy Sangalang

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

Christopher Erickson

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Gilbert Gee

UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences

Jessica Gipson

UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences

Jasmine Trice

UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Kie Zuraw

Department of Linguistics

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.

Ninez Ponce

UCLA School of Public Health