We Are the IIS Division.  Welcome!

Included in our Division are the ICS departments, International/Global studies, and 12 World Language Departments.  We work with students to develop a sophisticated knowledge base and critical understanding of the multiple definitions and elements of culture, including the psychology, history, and sociology of language, politics, and power dynamics in human relationships at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional/systemic levels. 

We welcome you to explore our course offerings that can lead to certificates and degrees in areas that can build your capacity to work effectively on a wide range of areas, including but not limited to fields of community advocacy, education, public policy, etc. and also enhance your effectiveness and desirability in a number of other careers and vocations.  And, specifically regarding our ICS course offerings, De Anza College so clearly recognizes the importance of what every person needs to understand through our ICS/Ethnic Studies courses, that we are the only program on Campus for which talking at least one course is a requirement for graduation; that is, De Anza College's "ICS Requirement" for graduation with an AA or AS degree. (ICS and ICS-created courses are indicated by an asterisk in the College Catalog.)  

Register Now! Winter 2021

NEW Courses, Certificate and Programs

The Asian American and Asian Studies department currently offers 11 courses, and five new ones starting Fall 2020. We offer a Certificate of Achievement in Asian American Studies.

In collaboration with campus and community partners, our department also provides civic leadership training across different ages, an internship in teaching Asian American Studies, a year-long cohort program, and scholarships:

Register Now! Winter 2021

All classes are online.

  • ASAM 10: Contemporary Asian American Communities
  • ASAM 11: Asian Americans and Racism
  • ASAM 12: Asian Americans and American Ideals, Institutions and Politics
  • ASAM 30: Introduction to Filipinx American History and Culture
  • ASAM 40: History of Art: Arts of Asia
  • ASAM 42B/HIST 19B: History of Asian Civilization: China and Japan, 19th-21st Centuries
  • ASAM 50: Civic Leadership for Community Empowerment (APALI)

Course details here


The IIS Division Office is also located in De Anza’s Multicultural Center (MCC) (map), one of the hearts of our Campus, where individuals, small student groups, sent organizations of all kinds come to study, plan and organize together, hold meetings and special events, and engage in a variety of community-building activities with a multicultural flavor.  The Multicultural Center is supported by DASB funding, so please do come and use this communal space!

 Departments & Areas of Study


Dean's Office

Edmundo Norte

Division Dean


Mary Medrano

Division Administrative Assistant


Winter Hours:

The Campus is closed per COVID-19-related guidance.

IIS Division Administrative Assistant schedule :

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 12:00pm

1:00pm - 5:00pm


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