1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6085
Fax: (808) 956-2682
*R. D. Trimillos, PhD (Chair)-ethnomusicology, Southeast Asia, Japan
*B. Andaya, PhD-history, Southeast Asia
*B. Aquino, PhD-political science, Philippines
*M. Aung-Thwin, PhD-history, Southeast Asia (Burma)
*R. Brown, JD, LLM-law, China
*L. Carlile, PhD-political science, Japan
*D. Gladney, PhD-anthropology, China, Muslims
*E. Harwit, PhD-political science, East Asia (China)
*R. Kwok, PhD-urban and regional planning, East Asia (China)
*S. Minichiello, PhD-history, Japan
*C. Ning, PhD-Chinese literature, China
S. O'Harrow, PhD-oriental philology, Southeast Asia (Vietnam)
*E. Porter, EdD-higher education administration, China
*M. Sharma, PhD-anthropology, South Asia (India)
E. Shultz, PhD-history, Korea
*W. Tanabe, PhD-art history, Japan
*R. Valliant, PhD-history, Russia and East Asia
All graduate faculty who are specialists and offer courses related to the eight area centers within Asian studies serve as cooperating faculty in Asian studies. Faculty related to the area centers-the centers for China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Russia in Asia, and Buddhist studies-number more than 300; they are too numerous to list here, but they can be found under departmental listings.
Degrees and Certificates Offered:
BA in Asian studies, MA in Asian studies, Graduate Certificates in Chinese studies, Korean studies, Japanese studies, Philippine studies, South Asian studies, and Southeast Asian studies
The Academic Program
Asian studies (ASAN) is concerned with the people and countries in the broad arc of Asia extending from Afghanistan in the west to China, Japan, and Korea in the east and including the Philippines and other islands and peninsulas of Southeast Asia to the south. In cooperation with other departments of the University, the Asian studies program offers an opportunity for students to concentrate on the interdisciplinary study of an Asian country or region. Emphasis is placed on learning the language of the chosen area, giving an opportunity for area study and language to progress together.
The growing importance of Asia in the United States and in the economy, government and politics, diplomacy, and the arts will relate directly to the academic programs linked to Asian studies.
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa has made a commitment to the study of Asia far greater than any other university in terms of numbers of languages taught, areas studied, and faculty specialists employed. This provides a unique opportunity to students interested in Asia.
Interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs draw upon the rich resources for the study of Asia at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Asian studies program offers courses of its own and also incorporates Asia-related courses taught in the various departments on campus, enabling each student to design a defined program of study tailored to his or her particular interests.
Students in the program may select courses from Asian studies and the following disciplines: anthropology, art, economics, education, ethnic studies, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, population studies, religion, sociology, theater and dance, urban and regional planning, and women's studies. Competence in an Asian language appropriate to the student's interests is considered fundamental, and the achievement of language proficiency by graduation is a required part of the graduate degree program.
The graduate program is organized into the following areas: China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Buddhist studies.
Graduate students are advised by the appropriate area director or designated faculty. Undergraduates majoring in Asian studies are advised by an undergraduate studies adviser.
The undergraduate program in Asian studies is designed for students desiring a liberal arts education and a broad background in traditional and contemporary Asian cultures.
Students seeking a BA in Asian studies must meet all the requirements for admission established by the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies.
Asian studies is normally declared as a major at the end of the sophomore year or beginning of the junior year though students may apply for admission to the program at any time. The formal declaration is made through the school's Student Academic Services Office.
- Total of at least 36 credit hours of Asia-related course work
- ASAN 201 and 202, ASAN 310 or 312, and 6 additional credit hours of ASAN courses at the 300 or 400 level
- Two years of an Asian language (excluding conversation or aural comprehension courses), or demonstration of the equivalent level
Majors must also complete one of the following study plans:
- 12 credit hours of Asia-related course work from one of the following disciplines or areas: anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, speech, or theater and dance
- 9 credit hours of Asia-related courses outside the primary field of concentration, as approved by the adviser
- 12 credit hours of course work on one Asian country or region (e.g., Japan, Southeast Asia)
- 9 credit hours focused on one or more additional Asian countries or regions
If ASAN 312 or other ASAN courses are used to satisfy General Education Core requirements, these courses may not be used to satisfy major requirements or vice versa.
Language study beyond the required level may count toward the major and is encouraged for Asian studies majors.
There are no required courses for acceptance into the Asian Studies minor program. Attendance in ASAN 201-202 (Introduction to Asian Studies) is recommended.
Students must complete 15 credit hours including:
- ASAN 310 Asian Humanities or ASAN 312 Contemporary Asian Civilization (3 credits)
- ASAN courses numbered 300 and above (minimum 6 credits)
- Asia-related courses in disciplines other than the major field numbered 300 and above (maximum 6 credits)
It is possible to focus on one particular country or region, such as China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Southeast Asia, or South Asia.
The Asian studies undergraduate adviser will identify Asia-related courses in various disciplines and assist in planning schedules and preparing minor forms.