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Philippine Studies Concentration

The Major in Asian Studies with a Concentration in Philippine Studies requires forty (40) credits  of course work, including 12 credits of Gateway courses and 28 credits of Philippine Studies electives.

Gateway Courses (12 credits)

The Major requires one course in History:
  • HIST - 130 East Asian Civilizations
  • HIST - 135 Indian Civilizations
The Major requires one course in Philosophy or Religious Studies
  • PHIL - 220 Asian Philosophy
  • THRS - 366 Religion and Spirituality in Asia
The Major requires one course in Politics
  • POLS - 113 Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS - 359 International Politics of the Asia Pacific Rim

Additional Requirements for the Asian Studies Major with a Concentration in Philippine Studies

Electives (20 credits)

Choose 20 credits from the following

  • YPSP - 301 Philippine History from Pre-Spanish Times to 1900
  • YPSP - 310 Philippine History: 1900-Present
  • YPSP - 312 Knowledge Activism
  • YPSP - 323 Filipino Politics and Justice
  • YPSP - 324 USF in the The Philippines
  • YPSP - 324 Photo(graphy): Literature and Visual Image
  • YPSP - 325 Filipino Culture and Society
  • YPSP - 390 Special Topics: Philippine Studies
  • YPSP - 398 Directed Study
  • ART - 316 Filipino American Arts
Regional Breadth (4 credits)

From the courses chosen as electives, at least one course must be in an area outside the student's primary focus. For example, if the primary focus is the Philippines, the Regional Breadth course should deal with similar themes in China, Japan, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies. Students are encouraged to select one course (4 credits) from the following:

  • ECON - 283 Economies of Southeast and East Asia
  • ENGL - 211 Asian American Literature Survey
  • ART - 307 Asian Art
  • POLS - 346 Government & Politics of India & Southeast Asia
  • POLS - 347 Government and Politics of China and East Asia
  • HIST - 386 History of U.S.-China Relations
  • HIST - 387 History of U.S.-Japan Relations
  • PSYC - 317 Asian American Psychology
  • SOC - 228 Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society
Capstone Project (4 credits)

The bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with a Philippine Studies Concentration emphasizes a multi-disciplinary study which is completed through the Capstone Project in the final year of the major. Students from throughout the major will converge on the study of selected issues and topics, to be determined by the professor (or professors) directing the Capstone project. Faculty will rotate teaching duties for the Capstone, to be offered each Spring.

  • YPSP - 390 Special Topics: Philippine Studies
Service Learning/Internship

Students will have multiple opportunities to engage in projects that provide service learning. Faculty advisors will work closely with the USF Office of Community Service and Service Learning so as to maximize available resources.

Internships develop naturally out of the service learning experience and may qualify as a directed study elective. Other intern opportunities may result from a particular class of professor. These will not replace the service learning requirement but may complement it or the student's areas of interest in other ways. All internships must be approved by faculty advisors and may qualify as directed study projects if student and advisor agree in advance upon goals and requirements.

The following Philippine Studies courses meet this requirement:

  • YPSP - 312 Knowledge Activism
  • YPSP - 323 Filipino Politics and Justice
  • YPSP - 324 USF in the The Philippines
  • SOC - 228 Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society