Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies at UT

Founded in 1999, the Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary academic program currently offering classes in the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communications, Educational Psychology, English, Government, History, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Radio-Television-Film, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.

The Center for Asian American Studies

The mission of The Center for Asian American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin is to provide an interdisciplinary academic program that transforms how undergraduate and graduate students understand and know the world through the experiences of Asian Americans and other people of color. CAAS also provides resources and organization to foster research and intellectual communities supporting projects about Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora.

Through classes, programming, research, and collaboration, CAAS focuses on addressing social inequality across all spheres of society such as with historically marginalized populations. CAAS is also committed to working with the community to advocate on Asian American issues on and off campus.

Core Values
Intellectual Innovation – generating new ideas for the future.
Education – expanding knowledge and critical thinking.
Social Justice – serving as a catalyst for social change.
Collaboration – building coalitions and community.

The University of Texas at Austin

The mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service.
The university provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. It contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development and dissemination of new knowledge, including the commercialization of University discoveries. The university preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state’s economy, serves the citizens through public programs and provides other public service.

Core Purpose
To transform lives for the benefit of society.

Core Values
Learning - A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow.
Discovery - Expanding knowledge and human understanding.
Freedom - To seek the truth and express it.
Leadership - The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible.
Individual Opportunity - Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university.
Responsibility - To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond