Minor, Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Program

Program Coordinator: Professor Hien Duc Do
Office: DMH 221
Phone: 408-924-5747
Email: hien.do@sjsu.edu

The purpose of the Asian American Studies Program is to shed light on the forces and processes that have shaped American society. The program focuses on the perspectives of Asian Americans and their contributions in the development of the United States. It seeks to account for the similarities and differences in their participation in, and responses to, the social and cultural processes that have given form to the United States in a global context. To facilitate the study of these complex social phenomena, courses in the program are interdisciplinary, with emphases upon the social sciences.

A major concern of the program is the quality of education that is made available to the university community. In recognition of the fact that American society is multiculturally diverse and that social inquiry in the field of ethnic experience has been neglected, the program engages in the dissemination of knowledge, the expansion of knowledge through scholarly research, and the exchange of ideas between the community at large and the campus. This communication with the community has been spawned by the program’s unique interdisciplinary formula for teaching and research. As part of the program’s research and teaching activities, students and faculty have undertaken several projects in adjacent communities in which they join with nonacademic personnel working within their own institutions.

A minor in Asian American studies is selected by students planning careers requiring knowledge and awareness of the complex nature of American culture and society. Students have found the program to be useful preparation for careers in community service at many levels—local, state and national. The program offers knowledge and training to be effective in professional work in the Asian American community, in such careers as teaching, social work, urban planning, law, health, administration, business, communication, and human development.

Students considering a minor in Asian American studies should consult with the program coordinator.

See also courses offered in Asian American Studies.

Requirements of the Minor (15 units)

In the course listings below, click on the course number to view the course description in the SJSU Catalog. GE areas are shown in parentheses. See GE Course Attributes in the SJSU Catalog for definitions of codes.

Required Courses (9 units)

  • AAS 033A: Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political Process (M6)
  • AAS 033B: Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political Process (M7)
  • AAS 175: Asian American Communities (S)

Additional Course (3 units)

Complete one course from:

  • AAS 185: Multicultural Perspectives within American Society (S)
  • WOMS 160: Women, Race and Class

Electives (3 units)

Complete one course from:

  • AAS 125: Filipino Experience in the United States
  • AAS 160: Asian American Women
  • AAS 170: Special Topics in Asian American Studies
  • AAS 186: The Vietnamese Experience in America
  • AAS 187: Multiracial Asian Americans Experience


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