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.

Thank you to those that attended the Undergrad Research Colloquium yesterday. Our student presenters did a great job bringing up and elaborating on compelling topics such as the story behind the U.S. annexation of the Philippines and Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War. These diverse perspectives brought forth through research makes for very engaging conversations between students and professors. Here are some snapshots of our event.


Upcoming Events


  1. June 17, 2017 -
    6:30pm to 8:00pm


AsAm Graduation! 

Did you know the Department of Asian American Studies has its own graduation ceremony for majors and minors? This intimate event will be taking place on Saturday evening, June 17th in the McCune Conference Room on the 6th floor of HSSB. Our graduation ceremony provides a space for majors and minors to invite their whole family and give personalized short speeches, and we will also be catering a light dinner and cake!

Graduating Seniors -- we're almost there! If you're interested in taking part in the ceremony (and you really should, it's pretty awesome!), make sure that you RSVP by emailing with your confirmation, as well as how many people you plan to bring as guests so we can get an accurate food count.

Interested in being part of our Graduation Committee? By being a part of the committee, you'll have a say in the agenda of the graduation, as well as who we'll be having for keynote speakers. This will be a very small time commitment of a meeting once every two weeks, so come join and be a part of this awesome group! This is open to all Majors and Minors regardless of graduation year (and if you're interested in applying to be a Peer Advisor next year, this is a great way to learn more about the Department!). 

Congratulations Rhea Constantino 1st place, Gloria Im 2nd place, and Jashleen Singh 3rd place, the winners of the AsAm Annual Photo Contest!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Stay tuned for our next contest!


A photo of myself with a mural depicting the history and culture of the Philippines at Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. This photo was taken with a group of Asian- American students after we marched for Justice For Filipino- American Veterans. - Rhea 



This is a SoCal Christian Asian American dance team named V3. The team members consists of students from different college campuses coming together to express themselves through dance. This picture was captured during one of their practices and shows their dedication towards their art and together as a team. This photo also captures on how Asian Americans form communities to build each other up and are able to voice themselves through art.  - Gloria
These pictures were taken at UCSB's Holi Event during 2016 -- UCSB students are able to celebrate the Indian Holiday with their peers, a holiday they typically miss celebrating with their families since it occurs during the school year. - Jashleen