Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with a concentration in Philippine Studies

This concentration is jointly administered by USF’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, the Center for the Pacific Rim, and the Asian Studies Program. This degree requires the completion of 40 units of course work, including 12 units of gateway courses and 28 units of Philippine Studies electives.

1. Gateway Courses (12 units)

The major will require one gateway course in History:
HIST 130, East Asian Civilization; OR
HIST 384, History of South and Southeast Asia
one in Philosophy or Religious Studies: 
PHIL 340, Asian Philosophy; OR
RST 366, Religion and Spirituality in Asia 
and one in Politics: 
POLS 113, Introduction to International Politics; OR
POLS 369/ANST 369, Asian Politics, Activism & Justice

Students are advised to take the gateway courses at the very beginning of their degree program because these courses provide a comprehensive introduction to the two geographical areas (East Asia and South Asia) covered by the major. These gateway courses may "double-count" to meet the University's Core requirements for general education.

2. Filipino/Tagalog Language Requirement

Students who major in Asian studies with a concentration in Philippine Studies must complete a minimum of three semesters of Filipino/Tagalog. These fulfill the language requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and thus are not included in the total number of units required for the Asian Studies major with a concentration in Philippine Studies. Languages must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better. Under special circumstances, students may demonstrate an equivalent competence through evaluation and examination by language faculty members. In such cases, students will be strongly encouraged to continue studying the target language at the advanced level.

3. Additional Requirements for the Asian Studies Major (28 units):


a. Philippine Studies Concentration Electives (20 units)
YPSP 205: Barrio Fiesta: Introduction
YPSP 206: Barrio Fiesta: Performance
YPSP 222: Philippine Boxing and Culture
YPSP 240: Filipinos and Ethnic Media
YPSP 250: Filipino Music and Theology
YPSP 260: Filipino American and Philippine LIterature
YPSP 301: Philippine History: Early times to 1900
YPSP 303: Law, Immigration, and the Filipino Experience
YPSP 310: Philippine History: 1900 to Present
YPSP 312: Knowledge Activism
YPSP 316: Filipino American Arts
YPSP 323: Filipino Politics and Justice
YPSP 324: The Philippines Today: Summer Abroad
YPSP 325: Filipino Culture and Society
YPSP 333: Boxing and Social Justice
YPSP 390: Special Topics in Philippine Studies
YPSP 398: Directed Study

b. Regional Breadth (4 units)

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 area 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 units) from the following:

YPSP 303: Asian Americans and the Law
SOC 228: Asians and Pacific Islanders in US Society
ENGL 211: Asian American Literature Survey
PSYC 317: Asian American Psychology
ECON 284: Economies of the Pacific Rim
HIST 386: History of U.S.-China Relations
HIST 387: History of U.S.-Japan Relations
PHIL 331: Japanese Philosophy
PHIL 380: Chinese Philosophy
POLS 346: Government and Politics of South and Southeast Asia
POLS 347: Government and Politics of China and East Asia
ARTS 217: Asian Art

c. Capstone Project (4 units)

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: Filipino/Philippine Studies Capstone

4. 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. The service learning requirement in Asian Studies with a Philippine Studies concentration may overlap with Core requirements for Arts and Sciences.

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 or 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.

Students are encouraged to take one of the following service-learning (SL) courses to satisfy their SL CORE:

ANST 369: Asia Politics, Activism & Justice, Cultural Diversity & Service Learning CORE (4)
YPSP 312: Knowledge Activism, Service Learning CORE (2) 
YPSP 323: Filipino Politics and Justice, Cultural Diversity & Service Learning CORE (4)
YPSP 324: The Philippines Today: Summer Abroad, Service Learning CORE (2)
YPSP 333: Boxing and Social Justice, Cultural Diversity & Service Learning CORE (4)
SOC 228: Asians and Pacific Islanders in US Society, Cultural Diversity & Service Learning CORE (4)