Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
J. F. Mayer, PhD (Chair)—language learning and teaching, language in society, Samoan
The Academic Program
Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL) provides instruction in the languages of the Indo-Pacific area to a broad spectrum of students at UH Manoa. The department's coverage of these languages is unique in the U.S.: This department is the only one to offer programs of study in four Polynesian languages, most of the national languages of Southeast Asia, as well as classical and modern Indian languages as well as Arabic and Urdu. Beyond language, the department offers courses in the literatures and cultures of the area, including literature in translation of South and Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. Opportunities are available for study abroad in certain areas. The department at UH Manoa provides an opportunity without parallel elsewhere in the country for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages and cultures of that part of the world that encompasses more than 25 percent of the Earth's population and an unusual diversity of peoples.
All the department's elementary- and intermediate-level language courses may be used to fulfill the Hawaiian or second language requirement for all bachelor's degrees at UH Manoa. Students of Indo-Pacific languages and cultures can also enhance their opportunities to find a career in international relations; provide service to the community in such fields as social work, public health, nursing, medicine, and law; perform research on Asia and the Pacific; and develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding in Hawai'i's multicultural environment.
On recommendation of the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, UH Manoa confers certification of achievement in Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Khmer, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
15 credit hours beyond the intermediate level in the language of choice, including:
A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the certificate is required.
BA Degree in Philippine Language and Literature (with concentration in Filipino or Ilokano)
The program has the following objectives: prepare students for future careers in community service and education; prepare students for advanced research and/or graduate studies in various fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences; and ultimately, serve students of Filipino ancestry by providing them with a better understanding of Philippine culture and proficiency in a Philippine language.
To view the Bachelor Degree Program Sheets with Filipino and Ilokano concentrations, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
A minimum of 36 credit hours, made up of 24 credits in required language and literature courses in Filipino or Ilokano
Minor in Filipino
Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Filipino as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.
A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Filipino and Philippine culture is required.
Minor in Ilokano
Students completing the program would have both oral and written competence in Ilokano as well as cultural content sufficient for use in professional careers, graduate work or research, and field work.
A minimum of 15 credit hours from five non-introductory courses in Ilokano language and culture is required.
Honors and Awards
Samuel H. Elbert Graduate Scholarship
Offered to encourage graduate-level research and study for students specializing in Pacific Island language and related fields, this scholarship provides an award of up to $5,000 per semester to students registered in graduate programs at UH Manoa.
Amos P. and Edna Lee Leib Scholarship for Graduate Study of Literature of the Pacific
Offered to support graduate students pursuing the study of literature of the Pacific.
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