Center for Asian and Pacific Studies


Faculty & Staff
Current Courses
Asian Studies Major
Asian Studies Minor
Master's Program

Chinese Studies & Language Emphasis
Study Abroad
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News & Events

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
Arts and Letters Building, Rm. 473
San Diego CA 92182-6042
Phone: 619-594-3934
Fax: 619-594-0257

Dr. Sandra A. Wawrytko, Center Director


Last Update:
September 25, 2015

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SDSU’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) is an interdisciplinary instructional unit of the College of Arts and Letters. It promotes the study of the Asia Pacific region among its students, faculty and community members, and is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the diversity of Asian culture and society. Established in the 1960s, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is an integral part of SDSU’s international studies curriculum.

The Center draws on the resources of multiple departments and programs at the University, including: Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Journalism and Media Studies, Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology and Women's Studies. It offers several core courses in the Asian Studies curriculum and advocates for the teaching of Asian languages and content courses on Asian countries at the University level. It also strives to advance research on Asia, sponsor dialogues on Asian cultures and societies and their relationships to North America, and promote educational exchange between SDSU and universities in the region.

Currently, the center offers an undergraduate Major and Minor in Asian Studies, plus a Major Emphasis in Chinese Studies and Language (CSL). Non-majors who wish to increase their knowledge about Asia will find many courses available that also fulfill the General Education Requirements.

Launched in Fall 2009, the new CSL Major Emphasis seeks to enhance the study of China and the Chinese language at SDSU for students who have an interest in Mainland China, Taiwan and Chinese diaspora communities. The CSL Program is the recipient of a competitive two-year Title VI Grant from the US Department of Education from 2009-2011. It works closely with other SDSU units, such as the Chinese Language Program, Confucius Institute, International Business, ISTEP, and International Security and Conflict Resolution, to enhance the students’ educational experience on China and the Chinese world.


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Upcoming Events

Confucius’ Birthday/Teacher’s Day Symposium

Please join us in celebrating the transformative power of teachers--in a symposium honoring the birthday of Confucius at the end of the month, sponsored by Asian Studies, the Confucius Institute, and the Institute of Ethics and Public Affairs.

Hangul (The Korean Alphabet) Celebration in Fall 2015

The Korean Studies Program and the Center for Asian Pacific Studies, College of Arts & Letters, SDSU, will sponsor Hangul contests in Fall 2015, celebrating the exceptional alphabet system created by King Sejong in the 15th century.

Indian Thought Symposium

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at San Diego State University and the San Diego Indian American Society present a symposium on Indian Thought and the Contemporary World.

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