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The Philippine Studies Department creates opportunities for students to critically understand and analyze the political, historical, ethnic, cultural, and social complexities of the Philippines as well as the nuanced experiences of Filipinxs* in the diaspora to prepare students to be responsible global citizens.
Program & Courses
The Philippine Studies Program offers a variety of credit courses that satisfy a variety of transfer and degree general education requirements. All courses are UC/CSU transferable.
Courses in Philippine Studies satisfy requirements for the following Certificates and Degrees:
- Arts and Humanities AA
- Asian American Studies AA-T
- Critical Middle East/Southwest Asia/North Africa Studies AA
- Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies AA
- Ethnic Studies AA-T
- Film Studies AA
- Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies Certificate of Achievement
- Filipino Language Certificate of Achievement
- Film Studies Certificate of Achievement
- Scriptwriting Certificate of Achievement
Courses in other departments with Philippine content include:
- ANTH 15: Philippine Culture and Society
- ASAM 8: Filipino American Communities
- HIST 37: History of the Philippines
- PIL 1 / 2: Elementary Pilipino
- PIL 10 A/B/C: Conversational Pilipino
The Philippine Studies Department of CCSF strives to create opportunities for students to critically understand and analyze the political, historical, ethnic, cultural, and social complexities of the Philippines, as well as the experiences of Filipinxs all over the world. In centering the voices of the Filipinx people, our department generates an interdisciplinary learning experience that cultivates critical understandings and analyses of broader issues such as race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, nationalism, identity, colonialism and imperialism, and the diaspora to prepare students to be responsible global citizens.
In line with CCSF's Mission & Vision, the Philippine Studies Department strives to do the following:
- Evaluate the contributions of Filipinxs* by deconstructing colonial notions that suggest Philippine history/politics/culture are inferior to Western history/politics/culture.
- Analyze the ongoing social/political oppression that Filipinxs face in the Philippines, the United States, and globally.
- Generate a narrative of Filipinx identity/Filipinx-ness that is more inclusive of indigenous/Lumad, Muslim, mixed-heritage, queer & non-binary, and diasporic Filipinxs through the sharing of multiple perspectives, experiences, and narratives.
- Develop connections between Filipinxs and other peoples of color through the understanding of historical and contemporary experiences of oppression, resistance, and survival.
- Support and strengthen students’ cultural competencies and academic skills such as critical thinking, research, and analysis in preparation for transfer to 4-year institutions or into their chosen career paths.
*The use of the "x" indicates a recognition of the broader gender spectrum within the Filipinx community beyond the male/female binary. The term "Filipino" is inherently masculine, as there is a feminine counterpart "Filipina," derived from the colonization of the archipelago by Spain in the 16th century. As a department we recognize the need to honor the gender fluidity and spectrum embedded in the cultures and communities in the Philippines that predate Spanish colonization. We also recognize that the use of the "x" was generated in the diaspora, and honor the continued use of the Filipina and Filipino in the appropriate contexts.