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¿Qué aprenderé?

The Department of Asian American Studies was one of the very first autonomous academic departments in the United States completely devoted to the study of Asian Americans. The department was founded by Professor Sucheng Chan, a pioneer in our field. Over the years, the department has consistently offered students the opportunity to study and understand the experiences of Asian Americans, particularly their histories, communities, and cultures. Our students learn to evaluate the existing literature on Asian American communities, to analyze a variety of perspectives on Asian Americans, to conduct original research, and to engage in community-based work. Professors in the department offer courses informed by approaches from the traditional disciplines, including history, sociology, law, education, psychology, and literature, as well as from interdisciplinary scholarship in women’s studies, law and society, public policy, global studies, social movements, cultural studies, and film and media studies.

Although the department offers a wide range of courses through multiple approaches, we share a common commitment to progressive scholarship of the highest caliber. We also share a commitment to engaging directly issues of inequality, both in United States history and in our own time. To that end, the lower-division courses offer a thorough introduction to Asian American history and culture, including how migration resistance, culture, and globalization have profoundly shaped Asian American life in the United States. The upper-division courses further explore Asian American contributions to literature, art, culture, film, and performance, in addition to Asian American struggles for political, economic, and social equality, opportunity, and fairness. These courses also highlight contemporary issues facing Asian American communities, issues that require leadership and meaningful intervention. As Asian American communities continue to grow and develop, we hope that our students will be better prepared to play an active role in confronting the many challenges faced by all of us living in a multiracial, multicultural world.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies may pursue a wide range of career choices. As interdisciplinary majors, students will be exposed to several substantive areas of knowledge and multiple approaches to learning. These should provide a substantial basis for success in any number of careers immediately after graduation. In addition, students are encouraged to consider further graduate studies in literature, history, sociology, and other traditional disciplines. Students are also encouraged to consider professional programs, such as in film production, law, public policy, public health, education, business, and social welfare. Please consult with individual faculty members who work in these fields for any additional advice.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Letters and Science

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (MINIMUM OF 180 QUARTER UNITS)

Costos de estudio
US$29.754,00 por año
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Septiembre, Octubre 2022


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

Students must have a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or better.

Para estudiantes internacionales

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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