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As a student in the Asian Pacific American Studies program at Arizona State University you will become a real-world problem solver while learning from a dedicated faculty committed to social justice research and teaching.

During your time in our program you will discover the key processes that are changing societies worldwide, the challenges that come with those changes and discover how to create social change that is democratic, inclusive and just.

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Our program draws upon Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences in order to understand the challenges and opportunities of immigration, globalization, and race relations in the United States and worldwide.

You will learn about social justice and ethnic studies movements that have made and continue to make a difference in society for all people, including Pacific Islanders and Asians. Diaspora, immigration, globalization, interethnic relations, and social networks are some of the areas of social justice research conducted by our award-­winning faculty.

Our interdisciplinary faculty has expertise in:

  • Ethnic studies, including race relations between different groups
  • History
  • Gender studies
  • Literature
  • Film and media
  • Psychology and behavioral health
  • Cultural geography
  • Education and equality

You will have the chance to gain valuable research experience by working closely with faculty. Students are also required to gain career experience through an internship at one the 180+ job sites across the country.

What can you do with a degree in Asian Pacific American Studies? Anything and everything! You will gain knowledge and skills that are relevant to the real world, including critical thinking, communication and community engagement. Social science graduates are more likely to be employed and move into managerial and senior official roles than graduates in other areas of study, according to a 2013 report, and tech companies are looking for researchers to optimize their ability to reach communities.

Graduates with a degree in Asian Pacific American Studies are globally aware, socially engaged and knowledgeable about today’s society and are prepared to thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.

Join us, and pursue the work you believe in.


APACE Academy

APACE (Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture and Education) Academy is a 5-day summer program with a focus on Asian Pacific American history, culture and contemporary issues, as well as cultural competency, public-speaking, and civic engagement. Students also engage in college readiness activities; meet new friends; and connect with ASU and community mentors from similar cultural communities, who will inspire them to pursue their dream of a college education.

APACE Academy is open to 30 students from Asian and Pacific Islander communities entering grades 10 -12 in fall 2020. The program will be held on ASU’s Tempe campus from Monday through Friday, June 8 - June 12, 2020.

APACE Academy is coordinated by Asian Pacific American Studies, in collaboration with partner organizations in the community.

9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade
Location: Tempe campus
Cost: $50
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