Asian American Studies

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

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?

Anytime.  They can meet with the Chair during office hours. Updated advising hours for the Chair and Faculty advisors can be found here:

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Contact the Chair Russell Jeung 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 prerequisite 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 [AA S 101] First Year Experience in Asian American Studies and to concurrently enroll in [one] AA S 110, AA S 210, AA S 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?

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

Any of our AA S 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?

AA S 101 First Year Experience in Asian American Studies

AA S 110 Critical Thinking in Asian American Studies

AA S 210 History of Asian Americans

AA S 212 Asian Americans and Mass Media

AA S 213 Asian American Ideals and Institutions

AA S 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 (SEC)

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 (GE and major/minor), academic probation, study abroad, academic scholarship and honors.

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