Strategically located and with a multicultural heritage, the state of Hawai'i has always been uniquely international in outlook. Reflecting this perspective, the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) represents the ongoing commitment of the University of Hawai'i to enhance international awareness and intercultural understanding throughout the educational experience. In fulfilling this commitment, SHAPS has become the largest resource facility for Asian and Pacific studies in the world.
Established in 1987, SHAPS offers academic programs in Asian studies, Hawaiian studies, and Pacific Islands studies. SHAPS also houses the Centers for Chinese Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Philippine Studies, Russia in Asia, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as a program for Buddhist studies. Through these centers and programs, SHAPS helps to coordinate the efforts of some 300 faculty specialists throughout the University who offer more than 600 courses related to Hawai'i, Asia, and the Pacific.
Research supported by SHAPS appears in a wide range of journals, monographs, and occasional papers published by its centers and programs. Complementing these publications are the volumes in the SHAPS Library of Asian Studies and the SHAPS Library of Translations, published in association with the University of Hawai'i Press.
Research and publications, specialized training and instructional programs, conferences, symposia, resources development, and a full schedule of co-curricular activities and cultural programs are all a part of the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies. Students electing to focus their studies on Hawai'i, Asia, or the Pacific at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa will discover a unique learning environment especially appropriate to the understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of the region.
Degrees and Certificates
Bachelor's Degrees: BA in Asian studies, BA in Hawaiian studies
Master's Degrees: MA in Asian studies, MA in Pacific Islands studies
Certificate Programs: Certificates in Pacific Islands, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian studies
Students interested in Asian studies and Pacific Islands studies are urged to consult a school adviser through SHAPS Student Academic Services Office at the above address and telephone number. Those interested in Hawaiian Studies should visit the Hawaiian Studies office at the Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street, Room 209A, or call (808) 973-0989.