MA Program Course Requirements

MA Class of 2013-14 & Thesis Committtee Members

MA Class of 2012-13 and Thesis Committee Members

Required Courses, Units, and Grades:

The Master of Arts program consists of thirty units in five modules. No more than six units are allowed in Directed Reading or Special Study or a combination of both. A student must perform satisfactorily in the first year of graduate study by maintaining a minimum grade of “B” in all courses taken toward the graduate degree or be subject to dismissal. CR/NC units are not acceptable for the degree. A graduate student in good standing must maintain a “B” (3.00) GPA throughout the course of study.

Program of Instruction:

Module 1: Theory and Research Methods in Asian American Studies—Intensive training in research methodologies as well as data analysis—in both the humanities and social sciences—to develop critical and analytical skills in Asian American Studies as a discipline of inquiry.

Module 2: Seminars in Asian American Studies—Thematic seminars to prepare students in disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

Module 3: Asian American Community Studies—Interdisciplinary, in-depth study of pertinent issues facing the Asian American communities, particularly issues regarding health and public policy.

Module 4: Electives or Concentration—Courses taken on advisement with prior approval from the graduate advisor that aim to provide flexibility for graduate students to enroll in courses (upper division and/or graduate courses offered within or outside the AAS Department) to pursue a concentration within Asian American Studies (e.g., Asian area studies, counseling, creative writing, education, English studies, cinema, electronic or print journalism, health services, history, international business, international relations, social work, etc.).

Module 5: Culminating Course (Masters Thesis, Creative Project, or Field Study)—An independent and final project, which can be either scholarly or creative/artistic under graduate faculty supervision, as evidence of abilities in both research methodologies and critical analysis or artistic creativity.

Required Courses:

Module 1: Theory and Research Methods in Asian American Studies (3-6 units; minimum 3 units)

AAS 697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies (3 units)
AAS 710 Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies (3 units)

Module 2: Seminars in Asian American Studies (9-12 units; minimum 9 units)

AAS 800 Seminar: Contemporary Asian American Discourse (3 units)
AAS 810 Seminar: Asian American Immigration (3 units)
AAS 822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts (3 units)
AAS 833 Seminar: Asian American Family and Identity (3 units)
AAS 884 Critical Asian American Educational Experience and Pedagogy (3 units)

Module 3: Asian American Community Studies (3-6 units; minimum 3 units)

AAS 865 Asian American Community and Public Policy (3 units)
AAS 875 Asian American Community Health Issues (3 units)

Module 4: Electives or Concentration (3-12 units; minimum 3 units)

Approved courses on advisement

Module 5: Culminating Course (3 units)

AAS 895 Field Study (3 units)
AAS 898 Master’s Thesis (3 units)

TOTAL: 30 units (minimum)

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