Our programs advance your understanding of the increasingly powerful continent of Asia, focusing not only on the structures of society — its histories, laws, economies, and governments — but also on the religious, philosophical, artistic, and intellectual foundations for these structures.
We emphasize the relationship between natural and man-made environments, as well as USF's commitment to social justice, ethics, and human rights. We offer a major, minor, and Philippine concentration, as well as a combined BA/BS with a Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS).
My professors encouraged us to use the city and the world as our classroom. I was an intern for former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, serving as a liaison for the Asian Pacific Islander American community, and I was part of the Filipino American outreach team for Senator Yee's 2011 mayoral campaign.
JAMES BINAUHAN ’11
A Hub for Asian Culture
The Bay Area is among the best places in the country to pursue Asian Studies. Our students frequently embark on field trips to Chinatown, Japantown, the Japanese arts and cultural center New People, the Asian Art Museum, Angel Island — the main point of entry for Asian immigrants in the early 20th century — and other places of Asian historical and cultural significance.
We also frequently partner with the Chinese Historical Society of America to provide students with opportunities to work with the Asian community. Students have worked on immigration issues and helped Chinese parents navigate our country’s complicated school system.
Studying abroad is a vital part of the Asian Studies major. While the classroom can be dynamic, interactive, and enriching, nothing compares to actually visiting the countries and societies you’re learning about.
We partner with universities in India, Japan, China, Taiwan, and cities all across Southeast Asia to provide ample opportunities for our students to experience the histories and cultures they’re most passionate about. Students may spend a summer, semester, or a full year overseas studying both language and culture.