Philippine Studies

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Undergraduate Programs

One of the few programs in the United States and one of the largest in the world, the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program (YPSP) is an interdisciplinary minor specializing in Philippine, Pilipino, and/or Filipino American history, literature, sociology, politics, religion, art, and language.

Students can obtain Filipino/Tagalog proficiency in basic and advanced language classes, while courses centered on literature and the arts allow a critical examination of the creative expression of the Filipino cultural experience. In addition, YPSP promotes student participation in social justice advocacy and engagement through service-learning opportunities and immersion courses that serve the needs of Filipinos locally and internationally.


Our faculty are scholars, specialists, practitioners, and community members committed to teaching rigorous and provocative courses with a transnational and diasporic focus. For researchers in Philippine Studies, USF is home to one of the best contemporary Filipiniana collections in the Bay Area.

Beyond the Classroom

Throughout the academic year, YPSP hosts on- and off-campus events related to Filipino culture, including film screenings, lectures, and Simbang Gabi celebrations.

Ateneo de Manila University — This summer program lasts approximately five weeks providing students with an overview of the country’s history, politics, and current challenges.

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