CES 150 Introduction to Asian American Studies • 5 Cr.


Examine Asian American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Asian Americans. Topics may include: development of the model minority myth, diversity and differences among Asian American communities, Asian American activism, and inter-ethnic relations. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit. Previously CES 152. Either CES 150 or CES 152 can be taken for credit, not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary issues facing Asian Americans.
  • Identify biases, stereotypes, and discrimination toward Asian Americans in the past and present and explore how this contributes to systemic racism.
  • Critically analyze Asian American experiences, identity formation, culture and activism.
  • Reflect on how knowledge of Asian American issues applies to one's own life and how different communities are racialized in relation to one anotherĀ