Asian/Pacific/American Studies (2016 - 2018)
Major Prior to 2016-2017 Academic Year
Please consult archived 2014-2016 CAS Bulletin for requirements.
Major for 2016-2017 Academic Year and Thereafter
The new Asian/Pacific/American studies major requires nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better. (Students who entered CAS before fall 2016 may follow the new version of the major with departmental approval and advisement.)
Two introductory courses—may be taken in either order:
- Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101)
- Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301; offered periodically) or Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539; offered every fall)
Six elective courses:
- Six designated Asian/Pacific/American studies electives, of which four must be taught by SCA faculty
- SCA Theory & Practice: The Internship Program (SCA-UA 42) is no longer required but highly recommended and can count as an elective; one A/P/A language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty
One research course:
- Advanced Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)
Five 4-point courses (20 points) completed with a grade of C or better are required for the minor in Asian/Pacific/American studies. Students must take one of the following introductory courses: Approaches to the Asian/Pacific/American Experience (SCA-UA 301; offered periodically) or Cultures and Contexts: Asian/Pacific/American Cultures (CORE-UA 539; offered every fall). They also take four designated Asian/Pacific/American studies electives, of which two must be taught by SCA faculty. One A/P/A language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.
Language and 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.
Majors who have completed 48 points of graded work in CAS and have a 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major) are encouraged to register for Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92) in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the seminar requirements, students will be eligible to register for Senior Honors Thesis (SCA-UA 93) in the spring. Information about the honors program can be found at as.nyu.edu/sca.