Academic Catalog

Asian-Pacific Studies

Asian Pacific Studies Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities
Bachelor of Arts

Asian-Pacific Studies Concentration
Asian American Pacific Islander Concentration
Minor

Faculty

Jung-Sun Park, Coordinator
Mary Lacanlale

Program Office: LCH A 338 (310) 243-3327, 3224

Asian-Pacific Studies Advisory Board
Tim Chin (English), Pamela Krochalk (Health Sciences), Hernani Ledesma (Nursing), Susan Needham (Anthropology), and Terry Peralta (Occupational Therapy).

Program Description

Undergraduate

The Asian-Pacific Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in the study of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, emphasizing a transnational perspective. Two concentrations are offered in the major:

  1. The Asian-Pacific Studies Concentration focuses on Asian-Pacific peoples, societies, and nations from the perspective of their historical, cultural and political experiences from antiquity to the present. It covers ancient civilizations, history, culture, philosophy, religion, politics, economics, and gender and family relations. It also explores the interconnections of Asian Pacific societies with the rest of the world. Though not required, Study Abroad and Asian language classes are highly recommended.
  2. The Asian-American and Pacific Islander Studies Concentration focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander American history, community formation, education, gender and family relations, culture and social and political development including intra-Asian dynamics and relationships with other ethnic communities and the larger society. An internship course with a community organization is an important component of this concentration.

The major and minor in Asian-Pacific Studies are designed for students seeking to either complement their studies of other civilizations and cultures, or to pursue graduate study, foreign service, international business, teaching careers, or work in health science fields and community services.

Features

The University is located in a unique area at the nexus of the international ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Numerous corporations in Los Angeles and Orange counties represent the increasing importance of America's relations with the Asian-Pacific region.

The California State University International Programs make available to students, who would like to have firsthand knowledge of Asia, an opportunity to study at Waseda University (Japan), University of Tsukuba (Japan), Yonsei University (Korea), and Peking University (China).

Academic Advisement

Program coordinator will help students plan their course of study to fulfill requirements for an Asian-Pacific Studies Program major or minor.

Students should see the coordinator upon first entering CSU Dominguez Hills, at the beginning of their junior year or, at least at the beginning of their senior year.

Career Opportunities

In a world that is increasingly dependent upon global cooperation and trade, career opportunities for those with a background in Asian-Pacific Studies are numerous and varied.

  • Advertising or marketing
  • Community service
  • Domestic or international business
  • Education
  • Foreign Service
  • Film, television or multimedia
  • Government work
  • Health science
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Ministry
  • Non-profit organization
  • Social Work

Preparation

Asian-Pacific Studies is open to all students who are admitted to the University

Opportunities to Study Abroad

Asian-Pacific Studies provides students with the opportunity to study abroad, especially in Japan, South Korea, and China. Please see the College of Extended and International Education's Study Abroad Programs and the Program Coordinator for information.

Languages

There are no language requirements for Asian-Pacific Studies degree program; however, students are encouraged to study an Asian Language.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may graduate with Honors in Asian-Pacific Studies provided that the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the requirements in the major;
  3. Eight upper division courses taken in the Asian-Pacific Studies Program;
  4. Recommendation by the faculty of the Asian-Pacific Studies Program.

Student Organizations

The student group, the Asian and Pacific Islander Association (APIA), is directly affiliated with the Asian-Pacific Studies Program. The Program also supports other Asian/Pacific Islander student groups including Pagsikapan Pilipino-American Student Community.

Bachelor of Arts in Asian-Pacific Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (49 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

No minor required.

Major Requirements (39 units)

The following courses or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A. Lower Division Requirements (6 units)
1. Lower Division Required Course (3 units)

APP 101 Introduction To Asian Studies (3)

2. Select on course from the following (3 units)

APP 201 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)
APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3)
APP 225 Pacific Islander Culture in Oceania and the U.S. (3)
APP 295 Spec Topic Asian-Pacific Studies (3)
JPN 110 Beginning Japanese I (3)
JPN 111 Beginning Japanese II (3)
JPN 230 Japanese Conversation (3)
or any course in any other Asian Pacific language, subject to approval by program coordinator

B. Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

APP 311 Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities (3)
APP 315 Asian Pop Culture and Globalization (3)
APP 325 Asian Pacific Art, Music and Literature (3)
APP 327 Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures (3)

C. Concentration Electives (12 units)

Choose four courses from one concentration.

Note: APP 395 Special Topics in Asian Pacific Studies (3) may be repeated twice with different course topics. In order to fulfill upper-division concentration requirements, APP 494 Indepen Study:Asian-Pacific (1-3) should be taken for 3 units.

1. Asian-Pacific Studies Concentration

APP 331 Japanese Comics/Animation (3)
APP 333 E Asian Cul/Soc in Cinema (3)
APP 335 Asian Pacific Culinary Culture (3)
APP 339 Asian Diaspora and Transnational Asian Religions (3)
APP 343 Asian Pacific Film & Literature (3)
APP 350 Asian-Pacific Gender and Family (3)
APP 395 Special Topics in Asian Pacific Studies (3)
APP 494 Indepen Study:Asian-Pacific (1-3)
APP 495 Selected Topics: (3)

2. Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Concentration

APP 314 Asian Americans and the Media (3)
APP 318 Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao Americans: Culture, History, and Identity (3)
APP 335 Asian Pacific Culinary Culture (3)
APP 339 Asian Diaspora and Transnational Asian Religions (3)
APP 350 Asian-Pacific Gender and Family (3)
APP 395 Special Topics in Asian Pacific Studies (3)
APP 494 Indepen Study:Asian-Pacific (1-3)
APP 495 Selected Topics: (3)
APP 496 Internship in Asian Pacific Studies (1-3)

D. Electives (6 units)

Choose any two additional upper-division courses in APP or one upper-division APP course plus one of the course below with the approval from the coordinator.
ANT 338 Mainland Southeast Asia (3)
HIS 362 Traditional China (3)
HIS 363 Modern China (3)
HIS 365 Modern Japan (3)
POL 333 Asian International Relations (3)
POL 341 Gov and Politics of East Asia (3)

E. Capstone Requirement (3 units)

APP 490 Sem: Asian-Pacific Issues (3)

Minor in Asian-Pacific Studies (15 units)

Requirements

A. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

1. Lower Division Required Course (3)
APP 101 Introduction To Asian Studies (3)

2. Select one course from the following (3 units)
APP 201 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)
APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3)
APP 225 Pacific Islander Culture in Oceania and the U.S. (3)

B. Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)

Select three upper division APP courses in consultation with an advisor.