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FAQ

What is the Asian Pacific (APA) Studies Program?

MSU’s Asian Pacific American Studies Program offers a specialization (similar to a minor) to undergraduate students, increases the awareness of APA issues through programming, offers faculty/staff academic and social support for its specialization students and offers leadership experience to students who are interested in increasing the visibility of APA issues to the MSU community. We offer work study, internship and volunteering opportunities.

What is a specialization and how will it benefit me?

A specialization is offered to MSU undergraduate students who are interested in increasing their education in a specialized area of study. Because this is meant only to provide a foundational knowledge base of a particular area, the requirements are very minimal compared with a student’s major area of study.

What are the requirements of an APA Studies Specialization?

An APA Studies Specialization requires only 6 courses to complete (17-23 credits). These courses range from a selection of APA core courses along with Asian/APA heritage and race & ethnicity courses. SSC 293 is the only course that all APA Specialization students must take. [NOTE: Other options such as study abroad, domestic study away courses, and independent study to conduct a research project are available if they are approved in advance by the coordinator of the specialization.]

How will I fit the required courses into my busy schedule?

The specialization is designed to be flexible. If you plan in advance, you will find that many of the courses can also be used to fill general education or major requirements. You may find that you already took courses that will count towards this specialization!

How do I sign up?

Contact the APA Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Meaghan Kozar, by Email or by phone: (517) 353-9140.