Welcome to the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. On our website, you can find information about the courses we offer, our undergraduate major, our graduate emphasis for PhD students, and the nation's only 4+1 B.A./M.A. program. We as a faculty and staff are committed to offering our students a multi-layered and intellectually rigorous understanding of Asian American history, politics, culture, and communities. Our graduate emphasis and 4+1 B.A./M.A. program provide a thorough grounding in the field from theoretical, community, and activist perspectives. We strongly believe that all students, whatever their major or background, should have an understanding of the experiences of Asian American individuals and communities. Whether you're at the start of your academic career with no knowledge about Asian America or are completing original research on a topic within the field, we would be delighted to welcome you into our small, lively, and stimulating community of scholars, students, and friends. If you have any questions about the department, please feel free to contact me at juliahl1@uci.edu.