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.