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 Pacific Americans in the Southwest with dedicated, inspiring faculty. A liberal arts emphasis on critical thinking, complex reasoning and solid writing skills prepares students to engage in research that informs meaningful dialogues between policymakers, educators and society at large about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities for years to come. The Asian Pacific American studies program is housed in ASU's School of Social Transformation, the only school of its kind in the United States.

Degree Offered

Asian Pacific American Studies (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, 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. Students will also be prepared to work in positions involving:

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

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
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
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
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Loss Prevention 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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