Asian Pacific American Studies, BA

Engage in the histories and experiences of one of the fastest growing ethnic communities in the U.S. and examine how those experiences reflect local and global processes affecting our society and communities. Develop valuable analytical and applied skills via community-focused research and engagement.

Program Description

The BA program in Asian Pacific American studies prepares students to engage and transform their communities.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities include multiracial and multiethnic coalition building and resistance, colonization and military occupation, exploited labor, Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice, migration, multiracial identities, activism, creative resistance, and diverse genders and sexualities. These diverse AAPI experiences provide key insights about global processes that inform current issues and how AAPI communities have responded within local contexts.

Students may apply the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they learn in this program to an optional internship working with local communities in culturally relevant ways that are productive and empowering.

Asian Pacific American studies emphasizes community-engaged research methods, local community collaboration and independent research for the development of transferrable skills applicable to professional careers, civic engagement and world-making. The program applies a pedagogy of care and creative options that promote student learning and success.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

American Studies, MA

What is America? What is the American experience? How do the answers to these questions vary depending on who is being asked? Learn to think deeply and critically about these questions and about the role of the U.S. in matters near and far.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Social and Cultural Pedagogy, MA

Do you have a passion for improving society through education? This preeminent program of social pedagogy in North America helps you develop an interdisciplinary approach to socio-educational interventions. When merging formal, nonformal and informal education, learning types and public pedagogies, you can make an impact across a variety of social and educational contexts.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates who complete the bachelor's degree program in Asian Pacific American studies possess skills relevant for any career, professional degree or graduate school. Training from this program also complements 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:

Cultural Studies Professor

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: $80,910
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 2.3%
  • Median Salary*: $47,650

High School Teacher

  • Growth: 1.0%
  • Median Salary*: $62,360


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,540

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: $64,240
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Officer

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $135,740
  Bright Outlook

Museum Curator

  • Growth: 11.1%
  • Median Salary*: $60,380
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Manager (PR Manager)

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: $129,430
  Bright Outlook

Religious Leader

  • Growth: 0.6%
  • Median Salary*: $55,550

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

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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