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UHM/EWC International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program
Burns Hall Rm 2069
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808-944-7593
Fax: 808-944-7070
Email: culture@hawaiiedu
Web: manoa.hawaii.edu/internationalculture/


W. Dissanayake, PhD (Director)—media studies
C. Andrade, PhD—Hawaiian studies
A. Arno, PhD—anthropology
C. Bacchilega, PhD—English
T. Bigalke, PhD—EWC education
E. Buck, PhD—EWC
G. Chan, PhD—art and art history
M. Chapman, PhD—geography
M. Das Gupta, PhD—ethnic studies
K. Ferguson, PhD—political science and women's studies
C. Franklin, PhD—English
C. Fujikane, PhD—English
V. Gonzalez, PhD—American studies
T. Gonzalves PhD—American studies
N. Goodyear-Ka'opua, PhD—political science
D. Grace, PhD—education
J. Hamilton, PhD—art and art history
D. Hanlon, PhD—history
M. Helbling, PhD—American studies
J. Henry, PhD—English
V. Hereniko, PhD—Pacific Island studies
P. Ho, PhD—ethnic studies
P. Hoffenberg, PhD—history
R. Hsu, PhD—English
K. Kane, PhD—political science
J. Kaomea, PhD—curriculum studies
N. Kent, PhD—ethnic studies
M. Koikari, PhD—women's studies
K. Kosasa, PhD—American studies
F. Lau, PhD—music
J. Logan, PhD—languages and literatures of Europe and the Americas
L. Lyons, PhD—English
P. Lyons, PhD—English
R. Mabanglo, PhD—Philippine studies
R. Nettell, PhD—English
J. Okamura, PhD—ethnic studies
J. Osorio, PhD—Hawaiian studies
K. Pauka, PhD—theater
R. Perkinson, PhD—American studies
R. Rath, PhD—history
S. Reiss PhD—history
J. Rieder, PhD—English
A. Robillard, PhD—sociology
S. Shankar, PhD—English
M. Shapiro, PhD—political science
M. Sharma, PhD—Asian studies
N. Sharma, PhD—ethnic studies and sociology
N. Silva, PhD—political science
C. Sinavaiana, PhD—English
N. Soguk, PhD—political science
R. Sullivan, PhD—English
T. Tengan, PhD—ethnic studies and anthropology
R. Trimillos, PhD—Asian studies
M. Wessendorf, PhD—theatre and dance
T. Wesley-Smith, PhD—Pacific Island studies
E. White, PhD—ethnic studies
G. White, PhD—EWC and anthropology
H. Wood, PhD—English (HPU)
C. Yano, PhD—anthropology
M. Yoshihara, PhD—American studies
M-B. Yue, PhD—East Asian languages and literatures
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:
    • CUL 610 International Cultural Studies: History and Theory
    • CUL 609 Faculty Seminar Series
    • CUL 750 International Cultural Studies: Research Project 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.

Resource Management

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

Certificate Offered: Graduate Resource Management Certificate

The Academic Program

The Graduate Resource Management Certificate is a cooperative program primarily involving the College of Social Sciences, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (anthropology, economics, geography), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (natural resources and environmental management), and 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 advisor 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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