WELCOME to the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara!

The Department of Asian American Studies at UCSB was the very first academic department dedicated to the study of Asian Americans at a major research university, and the first department in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies.

The Department offers undergraduate majors the opportunity to study and understand the experiences of Asian Americans, particularly their histories, communities, and cultures. Students learn to evaluate the existing literature in Asian American Studies, to analyze a variety of data on Asian Americans, to conduct original research, and to participate in internships and social justice issues.

A minor degree, Honors program, and community studies courses are also available to students. The Department provides a well-rounded, interdisciplinary curriculum which engages approaches from traditional disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, and literature, as well as from interdisciplinary scholarship in women's studies, law and society, public policy, global studies, social movements, cultural studies, and film and media studies.  



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Introduction to Asian American Performance

Spring 2015

This course purpose is to examine Asian American narratives and issues that introduce the student to a general idea of what theatre is all about.

Students have worked the entire quarter creating original works that will incorporate music and video elements through their show.

This final performance will give students the opportunity to shine their skills and provide a memorable performance.

Come by and support your friends, peers, and students in this year long awaited performance!

Recognition for exemplary work in literary studies is awarded to an undergraduate in AsAm 5 (Introduction to Asian American Literature).

A Farewell Lecture by Celine Parreñas Shimizu