Asian Pacific American Studies

The undergraduate Minor in Asian American Pacific American Studies (APAS) is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to work with an increasingly global and diverse society. We as a program emphasize critical thinking and writing, along with civic engagement, community outreach, and leadership and development. Our curriculum is designed to broaden perspectives on class, gender, sexual, religious, and other differences that comprise and intersect with APA communities. Students explore APA identities, art, health, communication, politics, and AAPI Americans’ legacy of struggle and ongoing contributions to American culture and democracy.

The disciplines represented include psychology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies among others. The program also administers internships and requires service-learning courses that will provide access to numerous Asian Pacific American organizations in the region. By integrating knowledge and service, the program seeks to contribute to the University's mission of raising leaders competent to face the changing realities of the Bay Area and beyond.


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