Yuchengco Philippine Studies

The Maria Elena G. Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program was established through a generous grant from well-known Philippine diplomat and industrialist Alfonso Yuchengco.

One of the largest in the world, with 20 courses offered every year, the USF Philippine Studies program has allowed students from all colleges, majors, and disciplines to learn more about Filipino society, culture, history, and politics. The courses offered through this program have attracted students of both Filipino and non-Filipino descent, whose interest in taking these classes is enhanced by their encounters of Filipino culture and of people of Filipino descent in California.  Courses taken will fulfill requirements for the Philippine studies major and minor, Asian Studies major and minor, Asian American Studies minor, International Studies major, Ethnic Studies minor, Politics major and minor, Legal Studies minor, Catholic Studies minor, and McCarthy Public Service certificate. 

The Yuchengco Philippine Studies program has enhanced the classroom experience  with lectures by many recognized US, Philippine, and Filipino-American scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. The program has funded USF student attendance at Philippine conferences, workshops, and sports events all over the United States. It has helped develop USF library's holdings into one of the best contemporary Filipiniana collections in San Francisco. Consequently, USF students and faculty do not have to leave campus to access materials on the Philippines.

Mission Statement

Founded in 2002 through a generous gift from Philippine diplomat and industrialist Alfonso Yuchengco, the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program (YPSP) is an interdisciplinary minor program* that engages global Filipino experiences through history, sociology, politics, literature, religion, modern and classical languages, and the arts, among others. The program is committed to providing a pragmatic and critical education in Filipino culture and society.

The program’s foundational courses address important historical, cultural, and socio-political phenomena and systems central to the transnational Filipino and Filipino American experience. In the classroom and through programming, students are introduced to provocative ideas and scholarly frameworks important when thinking about past and present challenges of the broader Filipino diaspora. Students can obtain Filipino/Tagalog proficiency in basic and advanced language classes, while courses centered on literature and the arts, allow a critical examination of the creative expression of the Filipino cultural experience.

In addition, YPSP promotes student participation in social justice advocacy and engagement through service-learning placements and immersion courses within communities and agencies that serve the needs of Filipinos locally and internationally.

YPSP regularly holds events and hosts programming featuring recognized Filipino and Filipino American scholars, artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. It also supports student academic research and activities that benefit community partners within and outside the university. YPSP is an academic and community resource based in San Francisco, with intention to remain globally connected.


*YPSP courses fulfill requirements for the Philippine Studies minor and can also be applied toward the major in Asian Studies with a Philippine Studies concentration (click to Asian Studies major).