Asian Pacific American Studies (BA)

The BA program in Asian Pacific American studies provides an opportunity for students to study the long history and rich contemporary experiences, cultures and communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Southwest and in the United States.

Dedicated and inspiring faculty lead students through an interdisciplinary liberal arts emphasis on critical thinking, complex reasoning and solid writing skills, preparing them to engage in research that informs meaningful dialogues between policymakers, educators and society at large about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Students understand the challenges and opportunities of U.S. society on why race matters today, how people have worked together cooperatively to make positive change, and identify solutions with creative, applied thought.

The Asian Pacific American studies program is housed in ASU's interdisciplinary School of Social Transformation, the only school of its kind in the United States.

Degree Offered

Asian Pacific American Studies (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of


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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Students who complete the bachelor's degree program in Asian Pacific American studies may pursue a graduate degree in law, humanities or social sciences. Graduates also are prepared to work in positions involving:

  • business
  • community organizations
  • creative arts
  • education
  • health
  • immigration
  • journalism
  • law
  • social work

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430
Security Managers8%$105,610
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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