Asian Pacific American Studies

The Asian Pacific American studies (APAS) concentration is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program option that will allow students to study demographic, cultural, social, economic, and policy issues that have shaped and continue to affect Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Arizona, the Southwest U.S., nationally and internationally. This concentration will target students interested in careers serving and relating to the complex and rapidly changing AAPI population and more broadly with culturally diverse populations.

Students interested in issues of diversity, multicultural relations, race, gender, class, and global and local engagement with diverse, migrant and diasporic populations and peoples will benefit from earning the APAS concentration. In addition, one option for students enrolled in the concentration is to enroll in a community-based internship; this provides a chance to learn more about local Asian Pacific American organizations and communities and to apply what they have learned in course work to specific community contexts.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken in residency at ASU.
  • * One APA 360 course is required for the core; other sections may be repeated for credit with different topics.

Core 6 Hours

APA 200 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies, (Hu or SB) & C (3)

APA 360 Special Topics (subjects vary by semester), (HU or SB) & C (3)

Electives 12 Hours
Minimum 9 hours upper division
Choose elective courses from the following:

APA 210 Intro/Ethnic Studies in the US, C (3)

APA 310 Asian Pacific American Arts and Cultures, HU & C (3)

APA 315 Asian Pacific American Literature, HU & C (3)

APA 330 Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities, SB & C (3) (Credit is allowed for only APA 330 or WST 331)

APA 340 Asian Pacific Americans and Media, HU & C (3)

APA 345 Asian Pacific Americans & Film, HU & C & H (3)

APA 360 Asian Pacific American Experience, (HU or SB) & C (3)* Topics may include:

Asian Pacific American psychology
The Chinese American experience
The Filipina/o American experience
The Japanese American experience
The Korean American experience
The Multi-Racial experience
The Pacific Islander experience
The South Asian experience
The Southeast Asian experience

APA 394 Special Topics (3) (may be repeated for credit with a different topic)

APA 450 Asian Pacific American Contemporary Issues, SB & C (3)

APA 494 Special Topics (1-4) (may be repeated for credit with a different topic)

APA 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3) (may be repeated for credit with a different topic)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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