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Asian Pacific American Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 248
Phone: (415) 422-6112 or (415) 422-5706
Evelyn Rodriguez, Director
The undergraduate Minor in Asian Pacific American Studies is an interdisciplinary program concerned with significant concepts and realities that bear on Asian Pacific American identity and culture. Special attention is focused on social and political advocacy of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. The program highlights their legacy of struggle and their ongoing contributions to American culture and democracy. It also strives to broaden perspectives on class, gender, sexual, religious, and other differences that comprise Asian Pacific America.

This program enables students to diversify their educational experience and develop skills that address new cultural realities in the United States. Specific goals of the Asian Pacific American Studies Minor include the following:

  • Enhance a student's major through a concentrated study of diversity issues
  • Prepare and support students who apply to graduate schools in Asian Pacific American studies, Ethnic Studies, and other related fields
  • Offer special knowledge, skills, and invaluable contacts to students seeking employment in Asian  Pacific American communities
  • Foster a passion for social justice, which is essential to a Jesuit education and relevant to any career path

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.

The program thus offers students "the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others" as stated in the University Mission.

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.

The Minor requires the completion of 20 credits of Core and Elective courses. Many of these courses fulfill both Core and major requirements. For more information on such courses along with current updates to the course list below, please contact the Faculty Coordinator.

Asian Pacific American Studies Minor Requirements

Students are required to take these two core courses in sequence:

  • SOC - 228 Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society
  • ENGL - 405 Capstone Seminar; Asian American Studies or
  • COMS - 405 Capstone Seminar: Asian American Studies


Students are required to take three elective courses. Courses in Ethnic Studies or Asian Studies that have an Asian Pacific American Studies component may fulfill (1) elective course requirement with permission of the Faculty Coordinator.

  • COM - 315 Asian American Culture and Communications
  • ENGL - 195 FYS - Chinese American Literature in San Francisco
  • ENGL - 211 Asian American Literature Survey
  • PHIL - 275  Asian American Philosophy
  • POLS - 369 Asian Politics, Activism, and Justice
  • PSYC - 317 Asian American Psychology
  • RHET - 195 FYS - Language and Power: The Rhetoric of Nationalism and Social Justice
  • SOC - 195  FYS - Gangsters, Geeks and Geishas
  • SOC - 240  People of Mixed Descent
  • SOC - 375 Contemporary Asian American Issues
  • THTR - 312 Asian American Performance and Culture
  • YPSP - 325 Filipino Culture and Society