Asian American Studies
 
 
Program
Major | Minor

Asian American Studies (AAS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of persons of Asian ancestry. AAS faculty recognize that the term seeks to name a rapidly developing, complex, and heterogeneous population and that there is neither a single Asian American identity nor one community that comprises all Asian Americans. Asian Americans include those with ancestral ties to countries or regions in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Philippines, among others.

AAS brings together courses that address the artistic, historical, humanistic, political, and social dimensions of Asian Americans and is an appropriate course of study for students interested in a variety of concerns related to Asian Americans, including: artistic and cultural contributions; current social significance; historical experiences; immigration, intellecutal, and policy issues; relationships with other social groups; and the construction of the notion of Asian American as it addresses important theoretical and practical issues.



The Major (60 units)
Declaring a major requires a completed major proposal (excel template) that meets these requirements:
  1. 15-Unit CSRE Core Curriculum:
    • ANTHRO 32. Theories of Race and Ethnicity
    • CSRE 196C/ENGLISH 172D/PSYCH 155. Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
    • CSRE 200X. Senior Seminar (WIM)
    • EDUC 245/CSRE 245. Understanding Racial and Ethnic Identity Development
    • HISTORY 64. Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century America
    • HISTORY 255D/CSRE 255D. Racial Identity in the American Imagination
    • POLICSCI 125V/CSRE 125V. Minority Representation and the Voting Rights Act
    • PSYCH 75. Introduction to Cultural Psychology
    • SOC 147A. Comparative Ethnic Conflict
    • One single-group, core course that focuses on a non-Asian origin group
    • Not all courses are available every year, and courses are subject to change. Please check the current Bulletin for the latest listings.

  2. One foundational thematic course:
    • COMPLIT 148. Introduction to Asian American Cultures
    • HISTORY 59. Introduction to Asian American History

  3. Additional 40 units from approved list, including:
    • 1 course with an international dimension, preferably a focus on Asia
    • 2 courses offering a comparative perspective on race and ethnicity
    • 5 courses with an Asian American focus
    • If students take 15 or more units of an Asian language, they may apply 5 of these units to the major as an Asian American focus class.
    • See the Stanford Bulletin for the current list of approved classes. Courses not listed as a thematic or cognate course may be counted toward the major or minor if approved by the Chair of the Asian American Studies Program.



The Minor (30 units)
Declaring a minor requires a completed major proposal (excel template) that meets these requirements:
  1. Two Introductory Core Courses:
    • ANTHRO 32. Theories of Race and Ethnicity
    • CSRE 196C/ENGLISH 172D/PSYCH 155. Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
    • CSRE 200X. Senior Seminar (WIM)
    • EDUC 245/CSRE 245. Understanding Racial and Ethnic Identity Development
    • HISTORY 64. Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in 20th Century America
    • HISTORY 255D/CSRE 255D. Racial Identity in the American Imagination
    • POLICSCI 125V/CSRE 125V. Minority Representation and the Voting Rights Act
    • PSYCH 75. Introduction to Cultural Psychology
    • SOC 147A. Comparative Ethnic Conflict
    • Not all courses are available every year, and courses are subject to change. Please check the current Bulletin for the latest listings.

  2. One Foundational Course:
    • ASNAMST 59/HISTORY 59. Introduction to Asian American History
    • ASNAMST 146S/COMPLIT 146/CSRE 146S. Introduction to Asian American Culture and Community
    • ENGLISH 43C/ ENGLISH 143C. Introduction to Asian American Literature

  3. Additional 20 units from approved list:
    • See the Stanford Bulletin for the current list.
    • Courses not listed as a thematic or cognate course may be counted toward the major or minor if approved by the Chair of the Asian American Studies Program.



Tracks and Sample Student Plans

The Asian American Studies major and minor are flexible programs that you can design to meet your academic interests and career goals, whether they are: