Jun 18, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies Faculty  


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA) program advances interdisciplinary and global research, scholarship, and praxis immersed in the experiences and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their global diasporas. Through teaching, community service, research, and programming, APIA furthers the understanding of the histories, cultures, identities, and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by exposing the structural and ideological forces that shape the lives of APIA communities. 


The major and minor in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies provide students with the research, interpretive, analytical and creative skills needed to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and in a global context.  The curriculum seeks to educate students with the breadth of knowledge about the cultural, political, and economic organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in order to deepen and expand their understanding of diverse and multicultural perspectives within American society and the world. 


Students receive sustained individualized advising and mentorship from faculty drawn from the arts, humanities, education, and social sciences, making it possible to study APIA communities in various contexts, including Asian and Pacific Islander diasporas, racialization, globalization, the American Civil Rights movement, decolonization, and Third World solidarity. APIA faculty mentor students with a view towards their general welfare, wellness, and self-determination by offering courses and experiences that develop not only the creative expressions, voices, critical pedagogies, and analyses of APIA peoples but also inculcate a commitment to social justice, equity, and activism within Asian American communities, and respect for differences, especially ethnic diversity.


The APIA major and minor culminate in a praxis capstone designed for students to integrate this knowledge base into its practical application in their chosen disciplinary methodology or career path such as medicine, law, business, government, public policy, film, theater, and education.


The program collaborates with the Charles Center and the program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in officiating the APIA-AMES Freeman Intern Fellowship in Asia where students can apply to intern in Asia on fully funded fellowships. As APIA-AMES Freeman Fellows, they further their research and community engagement in APIA-AMES 385, a COLL 300 course taught by Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas, the fellowship’s faculty director.



    Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies

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