Asian-Pacific Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities

Division of World Cultural and Gender Studies





Mary T. Lacanlale, Interim Coordinator

Jung-Sun Park

Program Office: LCH C-316 (310) 243-3327, 3224

Asian-Pacific Studies Advisory Board

Tim Chin (English), Anne Choi (Interdisciplinary Studies), Pamela Krochalk (Health Sciences), Wei Ma (Library), Susan Needham (Anthropology), Hamoud Salhi (College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences), Terry Peralta (Occupational Therapy) and current Asian Pacific Studies faculty members.


Program Description

The Asian-Pacific Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the study of Asian and Pacific Island cultures and societies.

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, Foreign Service, international business, teaching careers, or work in health science fields and community services It is structured to provide an understanding of the social, political, and cultural aspects of Asia and the Pacific region through courses in Asian and Pacific history, politics, art, literature, language, popular culture and philosophy. It also provides an understanding of the transnational connections between the Asian Pacific region and Asian Pacific American communities as well as the history and contemporary issues of Asian Pacific American populations.


The University is located in a unique area at the nexus of the international ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Numerous corporations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties represent the ever-increasing importance of America's relations with the Asian Pacific region.

The California State University International Programs make available to students, who would like to have firsthand knowledge of Asia, the opportunity to study at Waseda University (Japan), Tsukuba University (Japan), Yonsei University (Korea), and Peking University (China).

Academic Advisement

The 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.

Career Opportunities

In a world that is increasingly dependent upon global cooperation and trade, career opportunities for those with a background in Asian-Pacific Studies are numerous and varied.


The following are some possible career fields:

  • Advertising or marketing
  • Community service
  • Domestic or international business
  • Education
  • Foreign Service
  • Film, television or multimedia
  • Government work
  • Health science
  • International law
  • Journalism
  • Ministry
  • Non-profit organization
  • Social Work


Minor in Asian-Pacific Studies (15 units)

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 Courses (9 units):

1.  Required Courses (6-9 units):

APP 311. Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities (3)

APP 315. Asian Pop Culture and Globalization (3)

APP 325. Asian Pacific Art, Music and Literature (3)

APP 327. Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Culture (3)

APP 331. Japanese Comics and Animation (3)

APP 333. East Asian Culture and Society in Cinema (3)

APP 395. Special topics in Asian-Pacific Studies (3)

APP 490. Seminar:  Asian-Pacific Studies (3)

2.  Electives (0-3 units):

HIS 362. Traditional China (3)

HIS 363. Modern China (3)

HIS 364. Traditional Japan (3)

HIS 365. Modern Japan (3)


Course Offerings

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.

Lower Division

APP 101          Introduction to Asian-Pacific Studies (3).

Basic themes and key issues in Asia and the Pacific region. Multi-disciplinary survey of art, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, and society. Background to understanding tradition and change in the region, and introduction to the multicultural roots of Asian-Pacific Americans.

APP 212          Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Studies (3).

Explores the lived experiences of the three Ethnic/Global communities in the United States and their place of origin. Examines the socio-cultural dynamics in Africana, Asian-Pacific and Chicano/Latino communities.

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.

Upper Division

APP 311         Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities (3).

Examination of the history and contemporary realities of Asian America. Analyzes the differences and commonalities in the experiences of various Asian American populations, focusing on the interplay of race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture in shaping their lives.

APP 315          Asian Pop Culture and Globalization (3).

Explores the growing transnational flows of Asian popular culture in historical and socioeconomic contexts. Analyzes the ramifications of the popularity of Asian pop culture for the changing contemporary global cultural landscapes and power relations.

APP 325         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 327         Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures (3).

Examination of basic values and societal outlooks unique to various Asian Pacific groups. Comparative analysis of verbal and nonverbal communication modes for better 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.

 An 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 311 and APP 325.

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.

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