Asian American Pacific Islanders Studies Undergraduate Certificate
AAPI studies integrates the study of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States with analysis of the histories, politics, cultures, and societies of countries in Asia and the Pacific and Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic communities. AAPI Studies certificate courses deal with changing political, social, economic and cultural realities, including US imperialism, US military interventions, settler colonialism, migration, and transnational communities; gender, racial, sexual, and ethnic identities; social movements; diverse forms of cultural expression; ongoing political and economic restructuring in Asia and the Pacific Islands; and the challenges of cultural, political, and economic empowerment for AAPI communities in the United States.
Training and Application
An AAPI studies certificate prepares students to work with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Denver, elsewhere in the United States or abroad in a wide variety of careers, including teaching, higher education administration, community organizing, community and government service, journalism and the media, environmental science, global business, health care, legal services, library science, music, publishing, and research. Students will be encouraged to intern in local organizations working with the AAPI population.
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Additional information about the AAPI certificate may be obtained from Ethnic Studies
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Faculty Advisor: Professor Faye Caronan email: Faye.Caronan@ucdenver.edu
- This is an on campus program with some courses available online.
Declaring This Certificate
- Please contact the certificate faculty advisor, Faye Caronan.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their Asian American Pacific Islander Studies advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the certificate.
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1. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the approved courses below.
2. Students must complete a minimum of nine upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours taken from among the approved courses.
3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the certificate and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to certificate requirements.
4. Students must complete all credit hours applying to the certificate with CU Denver faculty.
|Complete the following required Asian American Pacific Islanders Studies courses:||6|
|Asian American & Pacific Islander Cultures|
|Social History of Asian Americans|
|Complete two of the following Asian American Pacific Islanders Studies elective courses:||6|
|Contemporary Asian American Experience|
|Theorizing the Transpacific|
|Intro to East Asia: Since 1800|
By the end of a certificate in AAPI Studies students should be able to:
- Summarize the contributions that Asian and Pacific Islander individuals and populations have made in US history, culture, and society.
- Recognize differences in national origin, mode of immigration, citizenship, skin color, gender and sexuality among Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and populations and how these shape their experiences.
- Articulate how US economic, political, and military occupation and interventions in Asia and the Pacific and the changing roles of U.S. - Asia relations impact Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences.
- Analyze Asian American and Pacific Islander communities within cultural, social, political, and historical contexts.