Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies

Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA) was established at William & Mary in 2016 to expand the scholarly research and study of the histories, cultures, experiences, laws and policies relevant to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

Our courses include Peoples & Cultures of PolynesiaImmigration, Assimilation and Ethnicity; Filipino American Diaspora StudiesAsian American Film & Literatureand IslamophobiaThey reflect the diversity and expanse of the Asian & Pacific Islander American community, now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

By completing the degree in APIA or taking any of our courses, you will graduate with the research, interpretive, creative and collaborative skills that are crucial to success in any field. APIA faculty will work closely with you so that your academic studies support your career aspirations. Our alumni include writers, teachers, civic leaders, investment bankers, and lawyers. They are actors in Hollywood productions and visionary leaders in education.

Students may declare APIA Studies as a structured minor or as a self-designed interdisciplinary major. For more information, please contact the program director Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas at or (757) 221-2684.