Courses

Asian-American Studies

ASAM 1, Introduction to Asian American Studies
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This introductory Ethnic Studies course explores experiences of Asian American communities from the 19th century to the present. Students examine historical and current Asian American issues, using frameworks including Critical Race Theory, analyzing race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, labor, national origin, mixed heritages, religion/spirituality, generation, and ability, colonialism, decolonization, immigration, activism and resistance.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 6, Asian American Issues through Literature
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introductory course examines long term and emergent issues in different genres of Asian American literature. Ethnic Studies themes such as race, dislocation, displacement, nation, home, self-determination, gender, class, and sexuality will be considered. Analyzing literature, applying Ethnic Studies theory to critical events, histories, cultures, and intellectual and literary traditions, with special focus on the lived experiences, social struggles, and contributions of Asian Americans.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 8, Filipino American Community
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Ethnic Studies introduction to experiences, histories, and contributions of Filipina/o Americans, past and present. Examination of US history and government through lived-experiences, critical events, political and social struggles of Filipina/os, immigrant and US born. Self-determination, liberation, white supremacy, US colonial and neocolonial history, immigration, economic and educational opportunities, family, community, political and social heritage. Community produced theory and knowledge.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 10, Asian American Popular Culture
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This introductory Ethnic Studies course examines how Asian Americans have turned to a wide range of cultural productions such as music, performance arts, visual culture, film, digital/internet cultures, and transnational productions to engage in antiracist and anti-colonial practices, contesting and reconstructing ethnic and racial identity for a just and equitable society.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 20, Asian American Experience Since 1820
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introductory Ethnic Studies examination of United States history and government through the experience of immigrant groups from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India. Topics include immigration experiences, economic opportunities, culture, family, community, and political and social history. Local field trip may be required.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 22, Community Issues & Leadership
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This Ethnic Studies class is an introductory examination of contemporary Asian American movements, community leadership, organizations, civic participation, and public policy. Overview of antiracist and anti-colonial issues and the practices and movements in Asian American communities for a just and equitable society.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 23, Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An Ethnic Studies introduction to Asian Pacific American groups in the United States and their long term experience with basic governmental ideals and institutions, at the national, state and local levels. Examine the impact of Asians, Asian American agency, group-affirmation, struggle, and resistance on legal-constitutional America and the countervailing impact of race and racism and political-legal structures imposed on different groups of Asians by U.S., California, and local governments.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 27, Asian American Race Relations
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introductory Ethnic Studies exploration of race relations between Asian Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans and European Americans. Utilizing theories and knowledge produced by Asian American communities, theories of race and interaction, and considerations such as class, economics, inequities and social struggle.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 30, Asian American Issues Through Film
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This Ethnic Studies course is an introduction to both historical and contemporary themes in Asian American film. Beginning chronologically with early intersectional representations of race, gender and sexuality, the course moves towards new representations, knowledge and theory in films made by and about Asian Americans. This course will survey a broad range of films, including narrative, documentary, and diasporic cinema.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 35, Asian American Women
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to experiences, struggles, & contributions of Asian American women, with multi-disciplinary Ethnic Studies approach including history, humanities, sociology, political science, Women's and Gender Studies, Asian American Studies, and arts. Exploring theory, knowledge, creative expression by Asian American women, emphasizing agency. Intersectional analysis of race & racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, immigration, labor, sexualities & culture in the lives of Asian American women.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 40, Chinese American Community
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Description and analysis of the Chinese American community. The historical background, family and district organizations, power structure, immigrants, cultural pattern and conflicts, and the socioeconomic problems of the Chinese American community.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

No knowledge of Chinese required

ASAM 42, Southeast Asians in the U.S.
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course will explore Southeast Asian communities in the United States after 1975 through the engagement of a variety of sources to investigate community settlement patterns, gender relations, generation, labor and transnational practices.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 61, Asian American Community Field Study
P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Approval of the Asian American Studies Department

Community work experience in a project in Asian American Studies subject to the approval and under the supervision of an Asian American Studies instructor. One unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid, or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 63, Asian American Community Field Study
Lec-17.5 P/NP Available

Community work experience in a project in Asian American Studies subject to the approval and under the supervision of an Asian American Studies instructor.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
ASAM 65, Individual Study in Asian American Studies
Lab-157.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: Successful completion of a course in Asian American Studies

Supervised individual or group study on topics and issues in Asian American Studies subject to the approval and under the supervision of an Asian American Studies instructor.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

UC upon review