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Philippine Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Administrative Office

University Center, Room 538
Phone: (415) 422-5122
Fax: (415) 422-5671
Joaquin Gonzalez III, Director

The Philippine Studies Minor seeks to train and educate students to:

  • Understand the formation of Filipino history, culture, and society in the Philippines, the United States, and globally;
  • Develop an empathy for the values, behaviors, ehtics, and perspectives of Filipinos;
  • Be able to identify and discuss social, political, economic, business, psychological, and environmental issues relevant to the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora;
  • Obtain basic, intermediate, and advanced Filipino/Tagalog language proficiencies;
  • Appreciate the literary, linguistic, philosophical, religious, and artistic contributions of Filipinos to the United States, Asia, and the world; and
  • Apply knowledge for activism, advocacy, and social justice in the Philippines, the United States, the Asia Pacific, and the world.

Philippine Studies Minor Requirements

The Minor in Philippine Studies requires twenty (20) credits of coursework, including eight (8) credits of core courses and twelve (12) credits of electives that can be taken from three different options as described below.

Required Courses (8 credits):

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students select 12 credits of courses following these three suggested emphases:

Social Justice and Activism Emphasis
Asian and Asian American Experience Emphasis
Filipino Language Emphasis*
  • FILI 101-01 First Semester Filipino/Tagalog
  • FILI 102-01 Second Semester Filipino/Tagalog
  • FILI 201-01 Third Semester Filipino/Tagalog
  • FILI 202-01 Fourth Semester Filipino/ Tagalog

*Students who take these courses to fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement or who test out of YPSP 101, 102, and 201 are not allowed to use this emphasis.