*B. Andaya, PhD (Chair)—history, Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia)
Area Centers: Directors and Faculty
*P. Abinales, PhD—Director, Philippine Studies
B. Aquino, PhD—political science, Southeast Asia (Philippines)
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 (including minor) in Asian studies, MA in Asian studies
The Academic Program
Asian Studies is an academic field that places the region we call Asia at the center of interdisciplinary inquiry. It encompasses both historical and contemporary perspectives on the geography, history, politics, economics, legal systems, languages and literatures, religious and belief systems, and expressive cultures of Asia. At UH Manoa, this means students can focus on one of six specific geocultural regions—China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, South Asia, or Southeast Asia—or incorporate specific interests into a program of study that emphasizes the connections and interactions between these regions (Inter-Asia). The Asian Studies faculty are trained in fields as diverse as geography, history, anthropology, political science, sociology, language and literature, ethnomusicology, performing arts, and urban and regional planning. In addition to the faculty in Asian Studies, there are more than 250 Asia specialists on the faculties of departments and programs throughout the campus. Several hundred courses on Asia (or with substantive Asia content) are taught at UH Manoa, a unique strength the Asian Studies Program draws on in crafting its BA and MA degrees. The academic program in Asian Studies offers a robust framework within which students can design individual plans of study to suit their particular goals. 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 an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of a particular geographical and cultural region of Asia or the interactions between Asian regions. 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 following regions: China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or Inter-Asia. Students without sufficient academic background in Asia-related course work (including the relevant language) 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 who are fluent in an Asian language may, with proof of proficiency, have the foreign language requirement waived if they plan to concentrate either on that region or on Inter-Asia. If they elect to focus on a different region, they must fulfill the language requirement as stated above. If the foreign language requirement is waived, students must take 6 credits of other courses to fulfill the total number of credits required for the degree.
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:
The Asian Studies Graduate Program offers Graduate Certificates in the following areas: Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Philippine Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. The graduate certificate programs are open to all students of graduate standing who meet the admissions requirements. Graduate certificates allow professionals and graduate students in discipline-based programs to gain (and demonstrate evidence of) cutting-edge knowledge of Asia or a specific region in Asia. Graduate students in Asian Studies may also apply to the Graduate Certificate Program to enhance their understanding of an Asian region outside their area of focus for the MA.
Academic advising will be provided by Asian Studies faculty.
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