The Graduate Program

LibertyAsian American Studies 4+1 B.A./M.A

Asian American Studies is announcing a newly minted 4+1 program, the only one in the country.  Students who are admitted into the program will receive a M.A. in Asian American Studies after one additional year of study. 

Application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is April 30, 2017.

  1.  All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to the Asian American Studies 4+1 program:
    1. Current UCI undergraduate student status.
  2.  2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  3. 3. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 in Asian American Studies coursework.
  4. 4.  Applicants who are non-Asian American Studies majors must take a minimum of two Asian American Studies courses prior to applying to the program; one course in ASIANAM 50, 51, 52, 53,54, or 55 and one other course in Asian American Studies (lower or upper division).
To begin the application process, set-up an application advising appointment with Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor, today!

Graduate Emphasis in Asian American Studies

The Graduate Emphasis is a formal component of graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, in addition to the fulfillment of requirements towards the Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree in an array of fields in the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, and the Arts.

Designed to complement existing graduate degree-granting programs by providing interdisciplinary training in Asian American Studies, the Graduate Emphasis is comprised of four courses: two foundation courses introducing theories, methods and historical and contemporary special topics in Asian American Studies; one elective course in Asian American Studies; and one related elective course in a student’s specific discipline or area of study. Completion of this rigorous academic sequence demonstrates significant scholarly ability and ethical commitment to the critical study of race broadly, and of Asian Americans in particular. For more information, see the UCI Catalogue.

Applicants to the emphasis must be admitted to a participating UCI graduate program. For complete information about application policies and procedures, as well as the requirements of the emphasis, contact Christine Balance, Director of Graduate Studies

Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program in Culture and Theory provides a strong theoretical and critical approach to race, gender, and sexuality studies. It is the Ph.D. graduate program that is constituted by several interdisciplinary units including African American Studies and Asian American Studies, and works integrally with the Critical Theory Emphasis. Interdisciplinary in nature and buttressed by the established strengths in critical theory at UCI, the program uses a problem-oriented approach to issues of race, gender, and sexuality in diasporic, transnational, and postcolonial contexts, as they are engaged broadly in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.  Please see the Culture & Theory website for further information.