Undergraduate Degrees

KAMAKAKŪOKALANI CENTER FOR HAWAIIAN STUDIES

Bachelor of Arts Program

Kamakakūokalani Undergraduate Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, our students are expected to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, critical analysis and synthesis of the following:

  • Knowing our genealogical ties to Papahānaumoku, our earth mother, and ko Hawaiʻi paeʻāina as our ancestral homeland.
  • Kanaka Maoli are one Lāhui connected by our one ancestor Hāloa across nā kai ʻewalu.
  • History, culture and politics in academic and non-academic settings.
  • The interconnectedness of all knowledge, contemporary and ancestral, from a Kanaka Maoli perspective.
  • Kanaka Maoli applications, protocols and disciplines.
  • Students can discuss Kanaka Maoli experiences in the context of the world’s indigenous people.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Students design their program around a selected area of concentration. Third-year fluency in Hawaiian language and a Senior capstone project is required, as well as familiarity with Hawaiian history and literature, culture and creative expression, politics and integral components of governance, resource management and sustainability, and comparative indigenous studies. A Native Hawaiian perspective is emphasized in the major.

To declare your major in Hawaiian Studies, please contact the Academic Advisor, Lehua Nishimura, by calling 973-0979.

School Requirements

  • HWST 107, 270 and HAW 100, 301, 302, with a GPA of 3.0 or better

Major Requirements

Completion of 120 credit hours, including the General Education Requirements, Hawai‘inuiākea undergraduate school requirements and the following Hawaiian Studies major requirements:

  • GPA of 2.0 in all UH Mānoa registered credit hours.
  • A GPA of 3.0 in all courses for the major.
  • Total of 29 credit hours
  • 17 credit hours in the following required courses
  •     HWST 207 or 281 or 285 or 351
    • HWST 222 or 224 or 225 or 372 or 478
    • HWST 341
    • HWST 342
    • HWST 343 or 390 or 490
    • Senior Capstone (2 credits, see academic advisor)
  • 12 credit hours of approved courses in ONE of these areas of concentrations:
  • Hālau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression
  • Kūkulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation
  • Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Hawai’inuiākea and Indigenous Studies
  • Mālama ‘Āina: Hawaiian Perspectives on Resource Management
  • Mo‘olelo ‘Ōiwi: Native History and Literature

Before beginning work on the major, students should have completed HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202; HWST 107 or 107A; HWST 270. Course enrollment should be determined through consultation with the academic advisor. Majors should be interviewed by the academic advisor by the end of the sophomore year.

Students admitted to the BA program prior to Fall 2015 should consult the academic advisor to review changes that may affect their programs.

KAWAIHUELANI CENTER FOR HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE

Undergraduate Program

Kawaihuelani offers an undergraduate Certificate in Hawaiian Language, an undergraduate Minor in Hawaiian, a joint undergraduate Minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education with Ho‘okulāiwi and the College of Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian.

To see a complete listing of the Hawaiian courses offered by Kawaihuelani click here to see the UH Manoa 2015-2016 Course Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hawaiian

Students pursuing a BA in Hawaiian must complete 120 non-repeated credit hours, including the General Education Requirements, Hawaiʻinuiākea undergraduate school requirements, and Hawaiian major requirements.

Hawaiʻinuiākea Undergraduate School Requirements

  • In addition to completing major requirements, all undergraduate majors of Hawaiʻinuiākea (HAW, HWST, double and concurrent majors) must complete the following 15 credits of school required course work from both Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language that represent the foundation of our field of Hawaiian knowledge and also fulfill General Education Requirements of UH Mānoa. These school requirements do not apply to students pursuing a minor or certificate in Hawaiian. The following school required courses must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better:
    • HWST 107
    • HWST 270
    • HAW 100
    • HAW 301
    • HAW 302

Hawaiian Major Requirements – effective Fall 2015

  • GPA of 2.0 in all UH Mānoa registered credit hours
  • 33 credit hours above HAW 202 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, including the following:
    • 24 credits of required courses
    • 9 credits of electives
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better for all Hawaiian Language courses that serve as prerequisites for other Hawaiian Language courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to register for the next level of Hawaiian Language
  • For Hawaiian Language majors, a grade of B- or better is required for 300-400 level Hawaiian courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language major
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours from HAW 284, MAO 102, SAM 102, TAHT 104, MUS 312, MUS 412, MUS 413, SLS 430, LING 445 may be counted towards the electives
  • If majors choose to take a repeatable HAW class for a second time (HAW 321, 345, 383, 433, 470, 485, 486, 499), the highest grade and credits will be counted towards the major while the lower grade and credits will only count towards their UH electives, NOT the major.

Minor in Hawaiian 

The overall purpose of the minor in Hawaiian is to provide an undergraduate learning opportunity tailored to classified students who are interested in Hawaiian language as a second discipline of specialization that will complement their major studies, support their future work in and for the Hawaiian community, and/or empower their growth and development as Native Hawaiians. Acceptance into the minor follows:

  • Completion of 25 credits of university work with a 2.0 cumulative and major GPA
  • Admission to an appropriate academic major
  • Successful completion of HAW 101, 102, 201, and 202

Requirements:

  • 18 credit hours of non-introductory Hawaiian Language courses (beyond 202) including:
    • 12 credit hours in continuing language study (HAW 301, 302, 401, 402)
    • 6 credit hours from HAW elective courses at the 300-400 level in various content areas
  • A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the minor is required
  • A grade of B- or better is required for all Hawaiian Language courses counted towards the Hawaiian Language minor

Minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education

In collaboration with Hoʻokulāiwi: ʻAha Hoʻonaʻauao ʻŌiwi (Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education) housed within the College of Education, Kawaihuelani administers a minor in Hawaiian Immersion Education to prepare secondary subject area teachers for the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program in the Department of Education. If you are interested in this minor, please contact Kawaihuelani’s Director. For more information on dual teaching licensure, please contact the College of Education’s Office of Student Academic Services.

Double Majors in Hawaiian Language & Hawaiian Studies

Hawaiʻinuiākea students may opt to be a double major in both Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies to earn their undergraduate degree.  The university defines a double major as a student who majors in two disciplines offered by the same school or college.  At Hawaiʻinuiākea, double majors earn a degree in Hawaiian Language (HAW) and Hawaiian Studies (HWST).

The application to double major should be made after a student has earned 25 credits of successful course work towards the BA with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

There are specific course requirements for completing both the BA general education requirements and the double major requirements for Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies.  This generally means that the student must plan for more time and more expenses towards degree completion.

Double majors must also maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall for Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies courses required for the double major.  All double major courses must earn a B (not B-) grade or better.

Policy on Double Counting for Double Majors

Please be advised that students who qualify to double major in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies MAY NOT DOUBLE COUNT COURSE CREDITS REQUIRED FOR BOTH MAJORS. In other words, students may not double dip, i.e., use the same course to satisfy major requirements in both degree programs

For example, Hawaiian 301 and Hawaiian 302 are currently required for both Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies majors.  Students must declare what major these courses will apply towards meeting the major’s requirements (i.e., either Hawaiian Language or Hawaiian Studies, but NOT BOTH) before the undergraduate degree is awarded.

Furthermore, the student must assign both courses to HAW or HWST and not split the assignment of courses.

Students who qualify to double major must be prepared to complete the additional equivalent credits by enrolling and completing equivalent courses, usually at the upper division (300-400 levels) in order to fulfill the requirements of both majors.=

Please see your Academic Advisor for applying for a double major and developing a plan of study for meeting the specific requirements and agreements that need to be approved.

 

Course Requirements For Hawaiʻinuiākea Double Majors

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE & HAWAIIAN STUDIES

(65-66 Credits Total)

  • Students who qualify to double major in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies must complete the following double major requirements (65-66 credits total).
  • All courses for the double major must earn a grade of “B” or better (not B-) to be acceptable for completing the double major.
  • Students who double major must agree to meet the requirements stipulated by the Memorandum of Agreement Policy on Double Counting Course Credits before being accepted.

Hawaiian 301 and Hawaiian 302 are currently required for both majors. The student must declare what major these courses will apply towards meeting the major’s requirements (i.e., either Hawaiian Language or Hawaiian Studies, but NOT BOTH) before the undergraduate degree is awarded. Alternative and appropriate elective courses (300-400 level) must be completed. Furthermore, the student must assign both courses to HAW or HWST and not split the assignment of courses.

Concurrent Majors in Hawaiian Language (or Hawaiian Studies) & Another Discipline

Hawaiʻinuiākea students may opt to be a concurrent major in Hawaiian Language (or Hawaiian Studies) and another academic major (e.g., History) to earn their undergraduate degree.  The university defines concurrent majors as students who earn degrees from two different schools or colleges (e.g., HAW & TIM;  HWST & HIST).

Caution: Not all UHM schools or colleges will approve a concurrent major with Hawaiʻinuiākea.  Individual schools or colleges may determine their concurrent major policies and academic relationships with one another. 

This declaration for a concurrent major should be made after a student has earned 25 credits of successful course work towards the BA with a minimum 3.25 GPA

There are specific course requirements for completing both the BA general education requirements and the concurrent majors requirements.  Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in each degree program is required.  This generally means that the student must plan for more time and more expenses towards degree completion.  Concurrent majors must also maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA overall.

Policy on Double Counting for Concurrent Majors

For concurrent majors, the same courses may not be used to satisfy major requirements in both degree programs, unless the specific course is required by both programs.  In other words, students may not double dip, i.e., use the same course to satisfy major requirements in both degree programs

In general, students must meet all of the requirements for Hawaiian Language (or Hawaiian Studies), their second major (e.g., History) and the BA general education requirements.  Where there is a potential for conflict, the current UH Mānoa policy and regulations stipulated for Concurrent Undergraduate Majors will apply.

Please see your Academic Advisor for applying for a concurrent major and developing a plan of study for meeting the specific requirements and agreements that need to be approved.