Asian Pacific American Studies

Asian Pacific American Studies is in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Our interdisciplinary faculty members have expertise in:

  • Ethnic studies, including race relations between different groups
  • History
  • Gender studies
  • Literature
  • Film and media
  • Psychology and behavioral health
  • Cultural geography
  • Education and equality

What can students do with a degree in Asian Pacific American Studies? Anything and everything! Our learners gain knowledge and skills that are relevant to the real world, including critical thinking, communication and community engagement. Social science graduates are more likely to be employed and move into managerial and senior official roles than graduates in other areas of study, and tech companies are looking for researchers to optimize their ability to reach communities.

Students are also given the opportunity to gain valuable research experience by working closely with faculty and gain career experience through an internship at one the 180+ job sites across the country.

The program is also home to the summer K-12 APACE (Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture and Education) Academy, a 5-day summer program with a focus on Asian Pacific American history, culture and contemporary issues, as well as cultural competency, public-speaking, and civic engagement. The academy is open to 30 students from Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Asian Pacific American Studies make us all more globally aware, socially engaged and knowledgeable about today’s society and prepared to thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.