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.  

May 19, 2016--Yuri Kochiyama is honored by Google on her birthday. Asian American Studies professor Diane Fujino is author of the biography on Yuri, Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).









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On June 11, 2016, the Department of Asian American Studies hosted an intimate graduation ceremony for our majors and minors and it was a very memorable night!

Spring 2016 Finals Study Session 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - HSSB 5024

Open to majors & minors!