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Asian American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Beverly Hills, CA, United States
The Asian American Studies program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) provides a general introduction for students who anticipate advanced work at the graduate level or careers in research, public service, and community work related to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
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About the Major

As an interdisciplinary field, Asian American Studies examines the histories, contemporary realities, and diverse experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. The topical range includes immigration and diaspora, community work and development, race, gender, and generational dynamics, social activism, cultural production, political participation, and transnational encounters.

The goals of our education are: (1) to mount teaching missions that enable students to learn, to think, and to perform in a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment; (2) to equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as analytical and communicative skills, which can reflect the multi-disciplinary strengths of our faculty; and (3) to serve student needs for personal enrichment by preparing them either for advanced graduate studies or for life after college as citizens, professionals, community workers, political leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The Asian American Studies program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a designated capstone major. Students are required to complete either a community-based applied team research project or an independent scholarly or creative expression project. Those who select the community-based project are expected to use their scholarly knowledge and analytical skills to examine problems facing Asian and Pacific Islander American populations, think creatively and innovatively about evidence-based solutions, and to produce reports that benefit community stakeholders. Those who select to design and complete an independent scholarly or creative expression project pursue a key idea or theme of personal interest that is related to their prior coursework and to the experiences and realities of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Through their capstone work, all students are expected to demonstrate their skills in using and synthesizing knowledge gained in disparate courses and communicating effectively their findings and conclusions in a final paper, report, or project and in a public forum.

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:

  • History of Asian Americans
  • Contemporary Asian American Communities
  • Asian American Literature and Culture
  • Asian American Movement
  • Asian American Women
  • Asian Americans and War

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 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).

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

  • Complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.4 GPA
  • Meet other requirements specific to your country
  • Take the ACT with Writing Test, SAT with Writing or SAT with Essay by December of your last year at secondary school
  • Demonstrate English-language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42993 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42993 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13239 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13239 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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