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 many general education requirements. A double major is a possibility.  Those who are pre-nursing should consider us as a double, as 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. We also offer community internships with stipends for those who qualify. 

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Advising Worksheet (pdf)
When should I first meet with my major department?

Upon applying for the major or transferring.

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?

You will be assigned your advisor upon applying to the department. 

For questions also 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? None at this time. 
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Typically not an issue; if so, please contact the department chair for potential alternatives. 
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? We encourage ALL students to enroll in our AA S 101 First Year Experience in Asian American Studies and to also consider any of the following: 
  • AA S 110 (Meets A3) 
  • AA S 210 (D2) 
  • AA S 216 (C2)
  • RRS 103 (D2)

Transfer Student Info

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

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?

Consider taking some of the following your first year; all can meet general education requirements. 

  • AA S 101 (Meets A1): First Year Experience in AA S
  • AA S 110 (A3): Critical Thinking in Asian American Studies
  • AA S 210 (D2) History of Asian Americans
  • AA S 212 (C1) Asian Americans and Mass Media
  • AA S 213 (D3) Asian American Ideals and Institutions
  • AA S 216 (C2) 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 Advising Center (ESAC)

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