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International Cultural Studies Program
East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road
Burns Hall 2004
Honolulu, HI 96848
Tel: (808) 944-7243
Fax: (808) 944-7070
E-mail: culture@hawaii.edu
Web: www2.hawaii.edu/~culture/


J. Goss, PhD (Director)—Geography
T. Bigalke, PhD—East-West Center
E. Buck, PhD—East-West Center
A. Arno, PhD—Anthropology
C. Andrade, PhD—Hawaiian Studies
C. Bacchilega, PhD—English
J. Byrd, PhD—Political Science
M. Das Gupta, PhD—Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies
K. Ferguson, PhD—Political Science
C. Franklin, PhD—English
C. Fujikane, PhD—English
D. Gladney, PhD—Asian Studies
D. Hanlon, PhD—History
M. Helbling, PhD—American Studies
V. Hereniko, PhD—Pacific Islands Studies
R. Hsu, PhD—English
J. Kaomea, PhD—Education
M. Koikari, PhD—Women’s Studies
K. Kosasa, PhD—American Studies
L. McReynolds, PhD—History
F. Lau, PhD—Music
J. Logan, PhD—Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas
L. Lyons, PhD—English
B. Murton, PhD—Geography
J. Okamura, PhD—Ethnic Studies
J. K. Osorio, PhD—Hawaiian Studies
K. Pauka, PhD—Theater
R. Perkinson, PhD—American Studies
J. Rieder, PhD—English
A. Robillard, PhD—Sociology
M. Shapiro, PhD—Political Science
M. Sharma, PhD—Asian Studies
N. Shibusawa, PhD—History
N. Silva, PhD—Political Science
C. Sinavaiana, PhD—English
N. Soguk, PhD—Political Science
K. Teaiwa, PhD—Pacific Islands Studies
K. Tengan—Ethnic Studies
R. Trimillos, PhD—Asian Studies
T. Wesley-Smith, PhD—Pacific Islands Studies
G. White, PhD—East-West Center and Anthropology
G. Yang, PhD—Sociology
C. Yano, PhD—Anthropology
M.B. Yue, PhD—East Asian Languages and Literature
M. Yoshihara, PhD—American Studies
J. Zuern, PhD—English

Certificate Offered: Graduate Certificate in International Cultural Studies

The Academic Program

The Graduate Certificate in International Cultural Studies offers an interdisciplinary course of study that enhances existing degrees in Arts and Sciences, area studies, and the professional schools.

Given that the language of culture is increasingly heard in debates about issues as diverse as nationalism, human rights, immigration, trade, the environment, education, media, and the arts, the certificate program develops tools for a more informed and critical understanding of the role of culture in public debates and policy.

Hawai‘i’s location at the intersection of local, U.S. and Asian spheres of influence provides an important vantage point from which to take up the social and cultural transformations taking place in today’s era of economic globalization and restructuring. Issues of cultural identity and politics are sharply drawn in the distinctive mix of indigenous, local and international communities in Hawai‘i today. Program courses and activities support a variety of approaches to analyzing and understanding the significance of culture, and of cultural difference, as global flows of people, culture and capital increase the heterogeneity and flux of everyday life throughout the world.

The certificate program brings together faculty whose research and teaching focus on the politics and production of culture in the context of local, national and international relations. Faculty research methods and styles emphasize the interpretive approaches of the humanities and social sciences.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate program combines course work with directed research and, where possible, community involvement.

  • A core of three courses (7 credits), including:
    • International Cultural Studies: History and Theory (CUL 610)
    • International Cultural Studies Speaker Series (CUL 609)
    • Capstone Experience (CUL 750). The Capstone Experience is an individual research project supervised by a participating faculty member.
  • Three electives (9 credits), including two taken outside the student’s department and no more than one undergraduate course.

Peace Studies

Degrees and Certificates Offered: Undergraduate Certificate in Peace Studies, BA in interdisciplinary studies (emphasis on peace studies). See the “Colleges of Arts and Sciences” section for more information.

Population Studies

Certificate Offered: Graduate Certificate in Population Studies. See the “Colleges of Arts and Sciences” section for more information.

Resource Management

Saunders Hall 107
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7381 S

Certificate Offered: Graduate Resource Management Certificate

The Graduate Resource Management Certificate is a cooperative program primarily involving the College of Social Sciences, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (anthropology, economics, geography), the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (agronomy and soil science, agricultural and resource economics), and the East-West Center (Program on Environment, Program on Resources: Energy and Minerals). Because of its diverse topical components, multidisciplinary faculty, and practical application throughout Asia and the Pacific, the program is ideal for students who are pursuing graduate studies in traditional disciplines and also seeking expertise in environmental resource management.

This program provides students with specialized training in an area that augments their primary field and develops their pragmatic problem-solving and decision-making skills through analysis of real-world problems. Any student who has previously been admitted as a classified graduate student at UH Manoa is eligible to apply for admission to this certificate program. Interested applicants should contact their adviser or any representative of the program in the collaborating departments and institutions.

To earn this certificate, students are expected to complete 15 credit hours, at least 9 of which are at the graduate level. For more information, contact the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

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