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Asian Studies Major and Minor

Dr. Vivian Nyitray, Director
Religious Studies

The Asian Studies major affords students the opportunity to study Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on courses and faculty from various departments in the College of Humanities, Arts and social Sciences. The program is built around training in the East, Southeast, and South Asian languages, but courses cover many aspects of East Asian history, literature, and cultures. Other courses cover the cultures and experiences of Asian Americans and Asian diaspora communities.


Global Studies Major

Dr. Susan Ossman, Director

The Global Studies major gives students a chance to take advantage of a broad range of courses on global issues offered in the humanities, social sciences, arts and sciences. Each student acquires a background in two disciplinary traditions and a regional or topical area of study. Introductory Global Studies courses provide a general framework, while advanced seminars allow students to explore particular issues or areas from a transdisciplinary perspective.


Interdisciplinary Major

Dr. Susan Ossman, Director
Anthropology & Global Studies

Through the major, students can select from a broad range of courses in social sciences, humanities, natural and physical sciences, and the fine arts to receive a wide-ranging education. Students can choose between concentrations: Interdisciplinary Studies or Communications.


Labor Studies Minor

Dr. Ellen Reese, Director

Labor studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on the conditions, activities, and struggles of workers and other members of the working class from an international, contemporary, comparative and historical perspective. Although trade unions are the primary focus, students will also examine other forms of working class organizing, including community organizing, and organizing by women and people of color. Courses focus on work in formal workplaces, including service, industrial, clerical, professional, and managerial work, and may also address other forms of work, such as unpaid housework, prison labor, or work in the informal economy. The minor addresses issues affecting workers, including governmental policies, technological change, globalization, neo-liberalism, and alternative models for organizing for social justice. In addition to taking academic courses, students gain hands-on experience through a one-quarter internship with a union or related organization. This minor helps to prepare students for careers in labor and community organizing, labor law, or labor regulatory agencies.


Liberal Studies Major

TBA, Director
Anthropology & Global Studies

The Liberal Studies major includes a core of lower-division courses designed to provide students with broad subject matter coverage to give them the foundation needed to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) and enable them to be well prepared to teach. The five upper-division tracks allow students to build upon their strengths and interests and at the same time provide them with a connection to the core Education courses.


Latin American Studies Major and Minor

Dr. Marcelle Chauvet, Director

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary, area studies major that allows students to combine insights from many related disciplines prominent in Latin America.  Latin American Studies offers a major and a minor degree with courses focusing on Latin America in a global context. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses — archeology, history, society, political and economic issues, border studies, culture, literature, music, film, language etc. Many classes are offered in English, others in Spanish.


Public Policy Major

Dr. Anil Deolalikar, Director
Economics & Public Policy

Public policy analysis is the use of decision-making theory and evidence-based methods to the study of substantive public policy problems. The objective of public policy analysis is to improve the quality of public policy-making by critically examining the design and relevance of public policies, their implementation and execution, and their impact on households, communities, and the society at large. By its very nature, policy analysis is multidisciplinary. For instance, policies to address health problems in society must draw on developments in philosophy, economics, political science, medicine, and ethics (among other disciplines).


SEATRiP Master's Program

Dr. René Lysloff, Director

The Master's Program in Southeast Asian Studies is an interdepartmental program centered on the study of the arts and cultural life in Southeast Asia and the diasporas. To understand Southeast Asia as a region, students need to make sense of and engage with its diverse expressive forms of culture (including visual arts, literature, and performance) which are crucial in building and maintaining individual as well as group identity both within and across national or ethnic boundaries.  Additionally, the region will be studied with an emphasis on historical, religious, and ethnographical perspectives.