Asian American Studies

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Our major courses meet general education.  A double major is a possibility.  Those who are pre-nursing should consider us as a double.  We have graduates that are in array of fields such as Nursing, social work, law and education/teaching.  Our courses focus on the Asian American experience with a social justice lens.  It can prepare students for work with individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds.
When should I first meet with my major department? Summer is always good.  They can meet with the Chair who has office hours on most Wednesdays or Thursdays between 1—3pm.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Contact the Chair Grace Yoo at or 415-338-3891
Where can I find information about major advising?

EP 107

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? [Typically not an issue.]
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Please encourage ALL students to enroll in our [AAS 101] First Year Experience in Asian American Studies and to concurrently enroll in [one] AAS 110, AAS 210, AAS 216, RRS 103 [or] RRS 303

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

AAS 214 2nd Year Compostion [If equivalent ENG 214 was not taken in transfer]

Any of our AAS 300 or 500 courses

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? None.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, in Social Justice Studies.

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

AAS 101 First Year Experience in Asian American Studies

AAS 110 Critical Thinking in Asian American Studies

AAS 210 History of Asian Americans

AAS 212 Asian Americans and Mass Media

AAS 213 Asian American Ideals and Institutions

AAS 216 Introduction to Asian American Literature

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Not applicable.

College of Ethnic Studies Student Engagement Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies majors, minors and courses.

Services include: Advising for general education, non-major graduation requirements, major requirements, graduation check, academic probation, study abroad, academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 338-6162
Location: EP 117