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.


Lalaie Ameeriar will spend this year (2016-17) as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced...

The Department of Asian American Studies is hiring Peer Advisers! Works approximately 35 hours/quarter; Provides initial advising to current and potential AsAm majors and minors; Develops and implements outreach strategies; Works with the Staff Undergraduate Advisor with special projects; Provides general administrative tasks; Represents our department at student affairs events; Provide a stimulating intellectual, social, cultural, and/or political environment for our AsAm Students