Center for Asian & Pacific Studies

San Diego, poised on the Pacific Rim

Asia is undeniably a major player in the world today—from global economics, politics, and environmentalism to pop culture, philosophy, and the fine arts
—representing diverse cultural resources that have endured thousands of years.

The SDSU campus is embedded in a vibrant community with diverse populations, reflected in our student body.

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) is an interdisciplinary instructional unit of the College of Arts and Letters and an integral part of SDSU’s international studies curriculum. Our curriculum draws on diverse faculty from across the campus to offer innovative and informative classes in the Asian thought and culture encompassing art, communication, film studies,  environmental issues, history, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, women’s studies, as well as Asian-American experiences.Students are invited to immerse themselves  in new perspectives, values, strategies, and life experiences through key offerings in the Asia Pacific region, including such themes as the traditional roots of K-pop, anime, and contemporary arts; deep insights from Buddhism, Daosim, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Shinto; unexpected leadership model and entrepreneurial enterprises; social roles and relationships.

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Spring 2023 Courses

  • ASIAN 101: Asian Thought and Cultures
  • ASIAN 103: Introduction to Filipino/Philippine Studies
  • ASIAN 111: The Mindful Brain
  • ASIAN 320: Asian Environmental Issues
  • ASIAN 321: Korean Civilization
  • ASIAN 351: Chinese Philosophy
  • ASIAN 421: Asian History since 1600
  • ASIAN 422: Asian American Experiences
  • ASIAN 460: Contemporary Issues in Filipino-American Communities
  • ASIAN 480: Asian Leadership Models

See the class schedule for more information.