Welcome to the Department of Asian American Studies!
The Department of Asian American Studies (ASAM) welcomes you to a place of curiosity, creativity, and community. We are eight tenure-track faculty, fifteen part-time lecturers, two staff members, and over 60 students minoring or majoring in Asian American Studies. We offer over 25 different classes including history, cultural studies, civic engagement, and psychology. We also offer spaces to learn more about specific communities such as Filipina/o Americans, Vietnamese Americans, and Japanese Americans. After graduation, several of our students continue onward to graduate school, or become leaders in community-based organizations, doctors, therapists, IT specialists, cyber security consultants, librarians, and small business owners. The focus of our work is the historical, lived, and imagined experiences of individuals and communities with dynamic links to friends, family, and communities in Asia and the Pacific Islands.
These are tremendously challenging times of and possibility. I welcome you to our Department as we meet these challenges by fostering a place of intellectual and creative curiosity, and importantly, a sense of belonging.
On behalf of the ASAM community, I invite you to explore and imagine community with us.
Eric Estuar Reyes, Ph.D.
Chair, Asian American Studies Department
Asian American Studies
The vision of the Asian American Studies Department is to achieve and sustain social justice for all, with a specific focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
The mission of the Asian American Studies Department is to realize the department's vision through creating knowledge, teaching, and serving Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
- To promote study and research by, for, and about Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
- To teach students about the experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the US and in the world.
- To teach students critical thinking and communication skills.
- To prepare students for social and community engagement.
- To advance social justice for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.