Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)
The Asian/Pacific/American studies major comprises introductory, elective, and research components, which together make up a total of eleven 4-point courses (44 points), as outlined below
Two introductory courses—may be taken in any order:
- Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1)
- Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301; offered periodically), or Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539; offered once a year)
Seven elective courses:
- Six designated Asian/Pacific/American studies courses; Internship Fieldwork/Seminar (SCA-UA 40/SCA-UA 42) are no longer required but highly recommended and together can count as an elective; one A/P/A language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.
- One common elective; a list will be available each semester
Two research courses:
- Strategies in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 20)
- Senior Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)
A note about language/linguistic competency: The type of rigorous intercultural study promoted within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. Studying the modern incarnation of these languages reveals the cross-cultural forces that have shaped them. We speak what we are and have been.
The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in Cantonese, Filipino, and/or any language spoken in the Asia or Pacific regions by any of the following means: taking language courses offered in A/P/A Studies; taking elective courses in sociolinguistics; studying these languages beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork (offered in, e.g., SCA, Nursing, Gallatin, or Steinhardt) necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research abroad in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.