2013-2014 Pitzer Catalog 
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2013-2014 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian American Studies Major

Requirements for the Major

Eleven graded courses are required for the major.

  1. Six core courses:
  • Asian American History (ASAM 125 PZ  / HIST 125 CM )
  • Asian American Contemporary Issues (SOC 150 AA )
  • Communities course: approved field work in an Asian American community or internship with a Asian American community-based organization (ASAM 090 PZ )
  • Theory and Methods in Asian American Studies (ASAM 115 PZ )
  • Senior Seminar (ASAM 190A PO )
  • Senior Thesis or Project: independent work with senior thesis/project adviser (ASAM 190B PZ )
  1. Breadth requirements and electives:

Five courses in addition to the core courses listed above. These courses should be selected in consultation with the IDAAS major advisor, and they must fulfill all the following requirements. Core courses above may not be used to fulfill any breadth requirements, but all other courses may fulfill two or more requirements. For example, a single non-core course might simultaneously fulfill the requirements for social sciences, gender and sexuality, and Asia and migration. If courses are used to fulfill multiple requirements, students must take additional IDAAS courses to make a total of eleven courses for the major. Consult list of approved courses for each requirement.

  • At least one IDAAS social sciences course
  • At least one IDAAS humanities course
  • At least one IDAAS gender and sexuality course
  • At least one approved non-Asian American ethnic studies course: e.g. comparative ethnic studies course, Black Studies course, Chicano Studies course
  • At least one approved course related to Asia and migration, globalization, and/or imperialism

Asian language courses and ASAM 197 AA  are strongly recommended but not required.