The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach, offers students the chance to explore Asian civilizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Department encourages students to integrate the study of Asian peoples across the Pacific with that of Asian American communities in the United States. It also enables students to explore the Asian American experience, cultures and issues. The study of Asian cultures and societies is combined with appropriate language studies and training.
Housed within the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies is the vanguard for the study of one of the world’s most fascinating and important regions, Asia. Through academic offerings of its own and those of cooperating departments, the Department offers four B.A programs–Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and Japanese–and an M.A. program in Asian Studies. In addition, the Department offers a minor in Asian American Studies, a single-subject credential in Japanese, and a certificate in Asian Studies.