Bachelor of Arts: Asian and Asian American Studies

The department encourages work that is interdisciplinary, comparative or global in methodology and theory, as well as work that is specialized locally or regionally. It also supports work that examines the study of Asia and Asian diasporas as complex nexuses of sociological, geographical and political regions, as well as economies, histories and ideas across national and oceanic boundaries. Students benefit from the cross-national work and research agendas of both Asianists and Asian Americanists in productive dialogue.

The BA in Asian and Asian American Studies consists of three fields:

  • Asian American and Diaspora Studies

  • Asia Comparative Studies

  • South Asia Studies


  • Major Requirements

    Students majoring in Asian and Asian American Studies must choose from one of the following three tracks:

    • 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.

    • Asia Comparative, with particular focus on comparative Asian studies that encompass two or more Asian countries.

    • 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:

    • One course must be a core course in Asian American Diaspora Studies.

    • One course must be a core course in Asian Studies.

    • Five courses in the chosen track.

    • Four elective courses in Asian and Asian American Studies.

    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.

  • Minor Requirements
    • 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.

Faculty Members of Asian American and Diaspora Studies:

Faculty Members of South Asia Studies: