1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8324
Fax: (808) 956-6345
Dean: Willa Jane Tanabe
Strategically located and with a multicultural
heritage, the state of Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii, 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii, Asia, or the
Pacific at the University of Hawaii 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
Bachelors Degrees: BA in Asian studies, BA
in Hawaiian studies
Masters 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
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-2699
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.
In addition to the courses offered by SHAPS, relevant
courses are offered by other departments. A complete list of courses can
be found in the SHAPS Academic Programs brochure, available
through the SHAPS Student Academic Services Office in Moore 315.
Acquire a minimum
total of 124 credit hours.
Earn at least 60 credit hours in non-introductory courses.
These may be upper division courses (courses numbered 300 or above) or
200-level courses that have an explicit college-level course
Fulfill the University of Hawaii at Manoa General
Education Core requirements and additional basic course work specified
by the degree program.
Complete writing intensive courses as specified by the
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Fulfill requirements for the major.
Earn at least a 2.0 GPA for all UH
Manoa registered credits
Prospective students interested in the BA in Asian studies, BA in
Hawaiian studies, or the BA in liberal studies (with an emphasis in
Pacific Islands studies) should contact the respective department or
refer to the departmental listing in the Catalog.