*M. Aung-Thwin, PhD (Chair)—history, Southeast Asia (Myanmar)
Affiliate Faculty*M. Das Gupta, PhD—sociology, South Asia (India)
*M. McDonald, PhD—geography, East Asia (Japan)
*K. Pauka, PhD—theatre and dance, Southeast Asia (Indonesia)
The academic program of the Asian Studies Program (ASP) is facilitated and enhanced by the participation and support of the affiliate faculty of seven centers focused on Asia in the school: Chinese, Japan, Korean, Okinawan, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian studies.
These resources are enhanced by the close cooperation and academic relationship between the ASP and the East-West Center.
Degrees and Certificates Offered:BA and MA in Asian studies, MA in Asian studies, Graduate Certificates in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, South Asian, and Southeast Asian studies are offered. Students may major or minor in Asian Studies.
The Academic Program
Asian studies is the study of Asia. At UH Manoa, it covers a broad arc that begins in the west with South Asia, moves southeastward to Southeast Asia, then eastward to East Asia. The approach to this study is interdisciplinary, taught by faculty trained in the geography, history, anthropology, political science, sociology, language and literature, ethnomusicology, performing arts, and urban and regional planning of Asia.
In addition to the faculty in SPAS, there are approximately 286 faculty and staff who are Asia specialists in different departments and programs throughout the campus. 600 courses on Asia (or with substantive Asia content) are taught at UH Manoa, a unique strength the Asian Studies Program utilizes in crafting its BA and MA degrees.
ASP offers an unprecedented opportunity for students to study a wide range of topics, disciplines, and methodologies to design their individual programs to suit their particular interests. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia, focused on the social sciences and humanities, is the heart of the program's mission. Finally, competency in an Asian language commensurate with the student's focus and level is considered fundamental, and is a required part of the program.
Graduate students are advised by the appropriate area director or designated faculty. Undergraduates majoring in Asian studies are advised by an undergraduate studies advisor.
The undergraduate program in Asian studies is designed for students desiring a liberal arts education and a broad background in traditional and contemporary Asian cultures.
Students seeking a BA in Asian studies must meet all the requirements for admission established by SPAS.
Asian studies is normally declared as a major at the end of the sophomore year or beginning of the junior year though students may apply for admission to the program at any time. The formal declaration is made through the school's Student Academic Services Office.
Majors must also complete one of the following study plans:
ASAN courses used to satisfy General Education Core requirements may not be used to satisfy major requirements or vice versa.
Language study beyond the required level may count toward the major and is encouraged for Asian studies majors.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
There are no required courses for acceptance into the Asian Studies minor program. Attendance in ASAN 201-202 (Introduction to Asian Studies) is recommended.
Students must complete 15 credit hours including:
It is possible to focus on one particular country or region, such as China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Southeast Asia, or South Asia.
The Asian studies undergraduate advisor will identify Asia-related courses in various disciplines and assist in planning schedules and preparing minor forms.
The master's program in Asian studies is designed primarily for students who wish to focus their studies on a particular geographical and cultural region of Asia. Such an approach entails interdisciplinary study.
The MA in Asian studies is offered as Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Although UH Manoa does not offer a PhD in Asian studies, Asia-focused PhD programs are available in anthropology, East Asian languages and literatures, economics, geography, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, political science, public health, sociology, theater, and tropical agriculture.
Students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in any of these fields should contact the appropriate department.
A student's academic program should concentrate on one of the regions of Asia as represented by the area centers in SPAS: China, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. Regarding the latter two, a student may concentrate on a particular country within those regions if sufficient courses are available. The director of each area center or a designated faculty member serves as the graduate student advisor for his or her respective area.
Students without sufficient academic background in Asia-related course work may be required to take certain preparatory courses to make up this deficiency without credit toward the degree. Prospective students should note that the program requires successful completion of course work or demonstrable proficiency in an Asian language beyond the fourth-year level for students concentrating on Japan, at the fourth-year level for students concentrating on China or Korea, or the third-year level for students concentrating on the Philippines, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. Students enrolling from an Asian country may have the foreign language requirement waived if they plan to concentrate on their native country or region. If they elect to concentrate on a country other than their own, they must fulfill the language requirement as previously stated.
Plan A (Thesis) Requirements
The MA Plan A degree in Asian studies requires the following:
Plan B (Non-thesis) Requirements
The MA Plan B degree in Asian studies requires:
SPAS, through its Asia focused centers, offers graduate certificates in the following areas: Chinese studies, Korean studies, Japanese studies, Philippine studies, South Asian studies, and Southeast Asian studies. Regularly enrolled graduate students in non-Asian studies disciplines receive a certificate for completing a program of study that focuses on a particular Asian country or region. MA students in Asian studies also receive a certificate for completing studies in their area of concentration.
All language competency requirements can be met either through course work or equivalency examinations in the chosen certificate area. Language courses do not count towards certificate credit requirements.
Academic advising is provided by the center of the student's chosen certificate area.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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