Asian and Asian American Studies

AAAS Major | AAAS Minor

Major in Asian and Asian American Studies

The department offers a major in Asian and Asian American Studies organized along three different tracks. Students wishing to major in Asian and Asian American Studies must choose from one of the following:

  1. Asian American and Diaspora Studies, with particular focus on the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Asians in the U.S. and, more broadly, Asians in the Americas.
  2. Asia Comparative, with particular focus on comparative Asian studies that encompass two or more Asian countries.
  3. South Asia, with particular focus on the study of the diverse cultures, peoples and regions of South Asia.

Majors in all three tracks must, successfully complete 11 courses consisting of the two common core courses and 9 track courses.

  1. One of the following core Asian American and Diaspora Studies courses (or other appropriate courses as they become available):
     
    AAAS 220 Asian American Cultural Representations
    AAAS 267 Asian American History
    AAAS 371 Asian Americas or new courses as they become available.

  2. One of the following core Asian Studies courses (or other appropriate courses as they become available):

    AAAS 104 Introduction to Asian Art and Architecture
    AAAS 105 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
    AAAS 106 Introduction to Asian Civilizations
    AAAS 135 Introduction to the Cultures of China, Japan, and Korea

  3. Students must also complete five courses required by the particular track they choose, as well as four Asian and Asian American Studies elective courses.

In addition:

  • Two 400 level courses, at least one of which must be in the major track.  The courses must: 1) be taught by DAAAS faculty members; 2) be non-language   courses; and 3) be chosen in consultation with the major advisor
  • At least four additional courses must be 300 or 400 level
  • At least six courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • No more than one course may be an independent study
  • No more than one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the major.

Asian American and Diaspora Studies Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as Asian American and Diaspora Studies, meaning courses on the Asian diaspora, including Asians in the United States and the Americas. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:

  • AAAS 220 Asian American Cultural Representations
  • AAAS 221 Korea Beyond the Peninsula
  • AAAS 267 Asian American History
  • AAAS 320 Asian Food, Culture, Politics
  • AAAS 371 Asian Americas

Students must also complete four additional elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include Asian language courses.

Asia Comparative Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as Asia Comparative, meaning courses that examine two or more Asian country. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:

  • AAAS 238 Science and Technology in the Modern World
  • AAAS 259 Eastern Asia: Land and People
  • AAAS 341 China and the West
  • AAAS 375 Negotiating Contemporary Asia
  • AAAS 414 Economic Development: East Asia
  • AAAS 473 Imperialism in East Asia

Students must also complete four elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include Asian language courses.

South Asia Track

In addition to the two common core courses, students must complete five courses designated as South Asia Studies, meaning courses on (but not limited to) Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. The list of these courses changes semester to semester and may include the following examples:
 

  • AAAS 111 Music Cultures of Asia
  • AAAS 277 Modern South Asian History
  • AAAS 344 Buddhist Ethics
  • AAAS 445 Buddhist Metaphysics

Students must also complete four elective courses. These courses may be from either Asian Studies or Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and may include
Asian language courses.

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Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies

The minor in Asian and Asian American Studies allows students to supplement their major through participation in a cross-disciplinary program. The requirements include a total of six courses in Asian and Asian American Studies, from which:

  • At least two courses must at the 100 or 200 level.
  • At least two courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • At least one course must be at the 400 level.
  • At least one course must be considered Asian Studies.
  • At least one course must be considered Asian American and Diaspora Studies.
  • Up to two Asian language courses may be applied toward the minor.

In addition:

  • Only one course may be taken as an independent study.
  • Only one course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • At least four courses must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • A letter grade of C or better is necessary for a course to count toward the minor.

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Last Updated: 2/24/15