School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Strategically located with a multicultural heritage, the state of Hawai'i has always been uniquely international in outlook. Reflecting this perspective, the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) represents the ongoing commitment of UH Manoa to enhance international awareness and intercultural understanding throughout the educational experience. In fulfilling this commitment, SPAS has become one of the largest resource facilities for Asian and Pacific studies in the world.
Established in 1987, SPAS offers academic programs in Asian studies and Pacific Islands studies. SPAS also houses the Centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Okinawan Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Philippine Studies, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and the Muslim Societies in Asia and the Pacific (MSAP). Through these centers and programs, SPAS helps to coordinate the efforts of some 300 faculty specialists throughout UH Manoa who offer more than 600 courses related to Asia and the Pacific.
Research supported by SPAS appears in a wide range of journals, monographs, and occasional papers published by its centers and programs. Complementing these publications are monographs, translations, and journals published by SPAS or one of its centers in association with the UH 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 Pacific and Asian Studies. Students electing to focus their studies on Asia or the Pacific at UH 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 Degree: BA in Asian studies, BA in Pacific Islands studies
Master’s Degrees: MA in Asian studies, MA in Pacific Islands studies
Certificate Programs: Graduate 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 with the appropriate school advisor listed above.
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