Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies Program
The Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies Program is committed to four goals:
- to increase awareness of the contributions of the Asian/Pacific Islander American presence in American life, history and through teaching;
- to transform the production of knowledge about Asian/Pacific Islander American communities and concerns through socially-engaged research;
- to inspire multiple Asian/Pacific Islander American communities through dedicated outreach;
- to create new paradigms for acknowledging and appreciating Asian/Pacific Islander American diversity through innovative curriculum and programming.
The unique circumstances surrounding the incorporation of Asian immigrants and native Pacific Islanders into American society, as well as the broad range of stratification spanning Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities, underscores the richness and theoretical importance of developing a deeper understanding of the Asian/Pacific Islander American experience alongside—and often in contrast to—that of other groups in the United States. Students may take a full range of courses examining the historical, political, economic, literary, artistic, cultural, and psychological forces which have shaped and continue to shape the lives and communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. It only takes five courses (with no prerequisites) to complete the Minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies.
Policy Regarding Waitlists and Overrides
- All Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (ASIANPAM) courses will have electronic waitlists on Wolverine Access. Students interested in an Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies course that has filled should add their name to the appropriate waitlist online.
- The Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies Program is housed in the Department of American Culture (AC). From the first day of registration until the last business day before the first day of classes, a member of the American Culture staff will monitor enrollments and note any waitlisted courses that have spaces available.
- When available, a member of the AC staff will issue an override for each open space in a waitlisted course. Students who are officially declared Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minors or American Culture majors will be given priority for overrides in 200-level and higher courses. If there are no officially declared A/PIA Studies Minors on the waitlist, overrides will be issued according to waitlist order.
- For ASIANPAM 100-level courses, priority for overrides will be given to freshmen and sophomores, unless otherwise noted by the instructor.
- The overrides issued will have an expiration date of 48 hours (including weekends). If the student does not accept the override within that time frame, it will expire. This will allow the staff member to offer the space to the next eligible student on the waitlist, who will then have 48 hours to enroll.
Please note: the expiration date will be one week (including weekends) when classes are not in session.
- If all students on a given waitlist have been given an opportunity to enroll, but do not do so, a member of the AC staff will ask the Registrar’s Office to drop them from said waitlist. This will allow the class to reopen for registration.
- Once classes begin, no overrides will be issued without the consent of the instructor for the course. S/he has final authority on whether or not to issue overrides. Students may print off a request for electronic override form and return it with the required information and signatures to 3700 Haven Hall for processing.
Students should also be advised of the following:
Registration on an Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies waitlist does not guarantee that
- the student will be given an override into the class at any time, or
- the student who is first on the waitlist will be the first person offered an override.
Students can only waitlist for one section of a particular class. In other words, if there are multiple discussion sections for a lecture/discussion course, the student must waitlist for the section s/he wants the most.
Questions? E-mail the American Culture undergraduate assistant.