The Asian and Asian American Studies program focuses on the dynamic social, cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects Asian and Asian American life. The program's transnational emphasis and research-intensive curriculum trains students in diverse areas of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American communities, especially the historical experiences and contemporary practices and lifeways of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Thai, Vietnamese, indigenous Hawaiian, and other Asian/Pacific Islanders. The degree prepares students for careers in government and teaching, as well as in areas of international business, law, consulting, tourism, and media.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a working knowledge of contrasting theories and frameworks to evaluate the complex historical and contemporary transnational links between Asia, the Pacific, and Asian America, and the dynamic influences they have on each other.
  • Draw on interdisciplinary and multi-method research and learning skills in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts to communicate and collaborate across cultures.
  • Identify and discuss important issues and challenges in contemporary Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American communities.


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Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies

Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies allows students to create degree programs from courses across disciplinary boundaries, including cultural studies, linguistic studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, multi-disciplinary studies, and social science studies.