Undergraduate Study - Program Information
The Asian American Studies educational program performs the following missions: (1) conducts teaching that enables students to learn, think, and practice in a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment, (2) equips students with theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as analytical and communicative skills reflecting the excellence of the faculty, and (3) prepares students either for advanced graduate studies or for life after college as artists, citizens, community workers, entrepreneurs, political leaders, and professionals.
As an interdisciplinary field, the Asian American Studies curriculum examines the contemporary realities, diverse experiences, and histories of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. The topical range of such examination includes community work and development, cultural production (including digital media and creative expression), gender and generational dynamics, immigration and diaspora, political participation, social activism, and transnational encounters.
The teaching and research methods used by faculty members in the Department are interdisciplinary and comparative in nature, with a healthy mix of quantitative, qualitative, interpretive, and applied approaches. These methods develop out of dynamic cross-fertilization among faculty expertise that registers both major intellectual shifts in the field and notable trends from disparate disciplines, professional practices, and epistemological traditions.