The academic minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies is intended for students who wish to develop a coherent understanding of the contributions of the A/PIA presence in American life, history and thought.
The rubric “Asian Pacific American” or “Asian and Pacific Islander American” designates the diverse populations of U.S. residents whose ancestors are from the region of the world that spans the South Asian subcontinent through East and Southeast Asia, and the islands of the Pacific. The demographic diversity within Asian Pacific American communities has spawned rich interventions in the study of historical and contemporary American life and culture. A/PIA Studies seeks to document and interpret the histories, cultures, and social concerns of these communities.
Requirements (15 credits):
1.) ASIANPAM/AMCULT 214 Introduction to Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (3 credits).
2.) Four courses, with a minimum of 12 credits. These courses may be taken from within, or from across, any of the three areas of specialty listed below that are regularly offered in A/PIA, as well as other 200 and 300 level courses occasionally offered in A/PIA. One of these four courses may be a 100-level course (e.g. Freshman Seminar on an A/PIA topic), while 200 and 300 level courses with A/PIA content offered in other departments can count if approved by the A/PIA Director:
a.) Historical Experience: ASIANPAM/AMCULT 314 Asian American History; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 317 History of Pacific Islands; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 310 or ASIANPAM/AMCULT 498 Capstone Seminar in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
b.) Cultural Expression: ASIANPAM/AMCULT 324 Asian American Literature; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 325 Pacific Literature and Cultural Studies; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 311 or ASIANPAM/AMCULT 498 Capstone Seminar in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
c.) Contemporary Communities/Social Issues: AMCULT 346 Asian Pacific Communities/Social issues; AMCULT 347 Pacific Islander American Communities/Social issues; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 305 Asian/Pacific Community and Service Learning; ASIANPAM/AMCULT 301 or 310 Topics in Asian/Pacific Society