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Asian American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #55 (WUR) Davis, CA, United States
The major in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, is one of the first programs in the nation to examine critically the diverse and complex experiences of Asian Americans through the study of literature, culture, history, sociology, politics, religion and psychology.
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Drawing on multiple disciplines, the Asian American Studies program at the University of California, Davis, will help you develop skills in research, critical thinking, public speaking and writing, while deepening your understanding of the richness and tremendous diversity of our nation. The major also offers opportunities to work directly with local and greater California Asian American communities.

Real World Outcomes

With the increasingly multicultural and globalizing nature of society, a strong background in ethnic studies is a significant advantage in many occupational fields. Alumni have gone on to jobs in law, health and medicine, education, journalism, business, public policy, community advocacy and the arts, as well as continuing on to graduate school for advanced degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Research in the Afro-American Community
  • Methods in American Studies
  • Scientific Method in Physical Anthropology
  • Understanding Visual Culture
  • Methods of Art History

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

  • Students who are not residents of California must earn a GPA of 3.40 or higher.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • To be competitive for freshman admission to UC Davis, prospective students must be on track to earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and meet all UC freshman admission requirements. Our campus then reviews and assesses all applications as part of our UC Davis freshman application review process.
  • Freshman 1applicants are required to take the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay no later than December 31 of the year they apply.
  • International students must meet the same admission requirements and will be included in the same selection process as students from the United States.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44244 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44244 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    44244 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44244 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    14490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14490 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Davis

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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