Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide students a holistic and transdisciplinary education with a focus on the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and across the global diaspora. APIA Studies is committed to critical theorizations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and to the interrogation of interlocking systems of oppression in order to unsettle and disrupt them. APIA Studies cultivates activist-scholars by providing students opportunities to bridge academic study with community engagement. Graduates develop a liberatory vision for social change and acquire skills in community-centered leadership, media literacy, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to advance social justice for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and API diasporic communities. The major prepares students for transfer and career pathways that serve APIA populations in areas/fields such as education and research, community advocacy, union organizing, city planning and housing development, health and human services, mediation and conflict resolution, marketing and communications, law and policy, fine and performing arts, multicultural affairs, and more. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 111 FWomen of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 170 F Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
ETHS 171 F Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Restricted Electives (6 units):6
Asian Art History (formerly ART 212 F)3
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Race, Ethnicity and Popular Culture3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
Asian Civilizations I (formerly HIST 160AF)3
Asian Civilizations II (formerly HIST 160BF)
Introduction to Asian Religions3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Summarize the key terminology, theoretical orientations, principles and methods used in the field of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies.

Outcome 2: Identify and explain historical trends and common themes in Asian/Pacific Islander American history.

Outcome 3: Identify the cultural, political and socioeconomic heterogeneity that exists within and between Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.