Program Office: LCH B-306 (310) 243-3327, 3224
Dorothy Mao Fisher
Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the study of
The minor in
Asian-Pacific Studies is designed for students seeking to either
complement their studies of other civilizations and cultures, or to
pursue graduate study, travel, foreign service,
or international business. It is structured to provide an
understanding of the social, political, and cultural aspects of
The University is
located in a unique area at the nexus of the international ports of
The California State
University International Programs make available to students, who
would like to have firsthand knowledge
of Asia, an opportunity to study at
Program coordinator will help students plan their course of study to fulfill requirements for an Asian-Pacific Studies Program minor.
Students should see the coordinator upon first entering CSU Dominguez Hills, at the beginning of their junior year or, at least at the beginning of their senior year.
In a world that is increasingly dependent upon international cooperation and trade, career opportunities for those with a background in Asian-Pacific Studies are numerous and varied.
A. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units):
APP 101. Introduction to Asian-Pacific Studies (3)
APP 212. Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3) or
One course in an Asian-Pacific language subject to approval
of the program coordinator (3)
B. Upper Division Requirements (9 units): Select three courses from the following. Up to 9 units can be selected from the recommended courses list and up to three units can be selected from the elective courses list.
1. Recommended Courses:
APP 301. Asian-Pacific Populations in Contemporary American Society (3)
APP 321. Asian-Pacific Art, Music, and Literature (3)
APP 322. Values and Communication of Asian-Pacific Cultures (3)
APP 331. Japanese Comics and Animation (3)
APP 333. Values and Communication of Asian-Pacific Cultures (3)
APP 395. Special topics in Asian-Pacific Studies (3)
APP 490. Seminar: Asian-Pacific Studies (3)
2. Elective Courses:
The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.
APP 101 Introduction to Asian-Pacific Studies (3).
Basic themes and key issues in
APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Studies (3).
Explores the lived experiences of the three
Ethnic/Global communities in the
APP 295 Special Topics in Asian-Pacific Studies (3).
A study of selected topics or issues in Asian-Pacific Studies. Repeatable for a maximum of six units for credit.
APP 301 Asian-Pacific Populations in Contemporary American Society (3).
Survey of Asian-Pacific populations in contemporary American society. Emphasizes emerging trends, demographics, cultural conflicts, and adjustments and identity problems of Asian-Pacific groups.
APP 321 Asian-Pacific Art, Music and Literature (3).
Examination of Asian-Pacific cultures and history through art, music, and written and oral literatures. Contributions of past and present artists and writers to the establishment of cultural identities.
APP 322 Values and Communication of Asian-Pacific Cultures (3).
Analysis of basic values and societal outlooks unique to various Asian-Pacific groups. Evaluation of verbal and nonverbal communication modes for cross-cultural understanding.
APP 331 Japanese Comics and Animation (3).
Focusing on Japanese comics and animation, this course examines the contemporary transnational flows of culture and their implications. It also explores how the existing power relations between the East/West center/periphery and men/women are reflected and challenged in the production and dissemination of Japanese comics and animation.
APP 333 East Asian Culture and Society in Cinema (3)
Through critical analyses of films, this course will explore various aspects of East Asian societies including history, cultural traditions, socioeconomic transformations, politics, identity, gender and generational relations. It will also examine the issue of ethnic/racial/national/gender representation in East Asian cinema and its implications.
APP 395 Special Topics in Asian-Pacific Studies (3).
Prerequisite: Consent of program coordinator.
intensive study of an issue, concept
or theme in Asian-Pacific Studies. Repeatable for a maximum of six units for credit.
APP 490 Seminar: Asian-Pacific Issues (3).
Prerequisites: APP 301 and APP 321.
Capstone experience in Asian-Pacific concentration. In-depth study and project development of historical or current issues confronting Asian-Pacific populations. Three hours of seminar per week.
APP 494 Independent Study (1-3).
Independent study of a particular topic in Asian/Pacific Studies, relating two or more disciplines, such as anthropology, art, education, history, languages, music, philosophy, politics, or sociology under the direction of an Asian/Pacific Studies Program faculty member. Repeatable course.
APP 495 Selected Topics (3).
An intensive study of selected topics or issues in Asian-Pacific studies.