May 3, 2022
As we mark the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, designated in this year’s White House proclamation as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University affirms the rich tapestry of cultures, ethnicities, and experiences of this diverse and vibrant community – representing a broad diaspora of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans.
To explore more of the texture offered by our colleagues, you are invited to take part in a number of on-campus and external community-based events scheduled throughout the month. Please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the full list, as well as a range of resources on the history behind AAPI Heritage Month, a toolkit for addressing and responding to anti-Asian racism, and other educational resources to celebrate and learn AAPI history, along with special Zoom backgrounds you can use during May.
As we honor AAPI Heritage Month, let us hold in our hearts deep gratitude for the AAPI community’s rich contributions and sacrifices, as well as determination to work against ongoing racism, xenophobia and violence against those in the AAPI community. Justice takes the courage to listen deeply enough to be changed by what we hear and moved to act in solidarity to build a more just and inclusive world.
Eduardo Peñalver, President
Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Asian Studies has become one of the most exciting programs on campus. It is a multidisciplinary program designed for students interested in careers or graduate work in fields, where the knowledge of Asia and the ability to communicate and work in a multi-cultural setting are essential. The goal of the program is to foster the understanding and awareness of Asia that are critical to leaders and citizens of the 21st century. As the closest US continental trading and transportation hub to Asia and with its large and growing Asian-American communities, Seattle is among the nation’s top metropolitan centers that have the deepest economic, cultural, and intellectual linkages with Asia.
In our multi-disciplinary program, you will enjoy a great range of courses offered by academic departments throughout the college.
You will gain a special expertise favored by many graduate programs and professions in today's society. The program aims to prepare you to work for different sectors, as well as for advanced studies. Your major in Asian Studies will prepare you to undertake entry-level professional jobs in the realm of Asian commerce, communication, or social justice work, or continue on to advanced studies of Asian and international studies in a variety of disciplines.
Many AIST students choose to do study-abroad at some point during their study at SU. Popular destinations include China, India, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Students may participate in existing study abroad programs at SU or choose their own destination in Asia for study abroad.
All students are able to acquire basic proficiency in an Asian language through two years of college-level study. Popular languages include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
You have the option of taking language classes here at SU, transfer classes from other universities, or waive your language requirement through placement tests.
We are fortunate to have a team of talented and dedicated professors from the nation’s top universities, who look forward to working with you and sharing their knowledge about Asia.
Students in AIST concentrate on a wide range of thought-provoking courses on Asia in the humanities and social sciences. AIST classes are truly interdisciplinary in nature, ranging from arts, anthropology, history, psychology to business and political science.
The AIST degree at SU prepares students to pursue Asia-oriented careers in fields such as international business, communications, development, education, government, law, non-governmental organizations, and various services to the community. Graduates of our program have been successful in securing satisfying employment and in pursuing advanced educational opportunities in graduate schools or professional schools in law, business, and education.
Students can enroll in AIST as a major or minor. Many AIST students have chosen to double major or minor in another discipline, such as business, political science, or international studies.
Thanks to a generous contribution by Dr. Peter Lai Sun Lee ’64, SU established the Peter L. Lee Endowed Lectureship in East Asian Culture and Civilization in 2015. Every year we bring in an internationally recognized scholar from around the world to give a lecture on a research topic that is at the forefront of Asian studies. This lectureship has drawn large audience and international recognition. Students have the opportunity to interact closely with the endowed speaker while he or she is on campus.
Students are able to acquire and demonstrate a basic understanding of the meaning of "Asia" in its relations to the world through various disciplinary frameworks, approaches, and perspectives from the humanities and social sciences.
Students are able to acquire basic proficiency in an Asian language through two years of college-level study as measured by the following criteria consistent with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines at this level:
Students are able to use library databases and other sources to find appropriate information and evaluate critically the probable quality of sources about Asia.
Students are able to critically interpret and analyze important issues related to societies and sub-regions of Asia through discipline-appropriate languages and methods.
Students are able to carry out a research project grounded in scholarly literature of appropriate disciplines as measured by successful completion of a senior capstone paper:
Outline, conduct, organize, and critically and creatively articulate appropriate analysis of the chosen subject
Use English (and an Asian language) to access primary or secondary sources for the research project
Communicate the analysis and research findings in discipline-appropriate writing and an oral presentation
A complete list of Learning Outcomes for Seattle University Undergraduate Students is available here.