At UH Pacific-Asian Studies Is Robust

PALS Students Studying At Upper Campus





The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa & Pacific-Asian Studies

There is no better place in the United States than the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for anyone, like yourself, interested in the study of the Pacific and Asia.

With strong support across the university, including from its leadership, as well as from the various ethnic communities that comprise Hawai‘i, it has historically made the study of both central to its mission and is able to engage in cutting edge research and teaching across the region, bridging east and west. Together, the university’s faculty and students make it a vibrant place of learning. Today, the university has some 400 faculty in its programs researching and teaching in the field, offering more than 600 courses covering the region to an exceptional group of students.

Through the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, whether you choose to concentrate your legal studies in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) or not, you can also enrich your education in Pacific and Asian studies by pursuing a dual degree or certificate, taking additional courses to specialize your studies or undertaking a language program. Availing the university’s centers, you can connect to others with shared interests and avail a vast web of resources.

Dual Study

Dual Degrees

Through the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, you can complement your professional degree with interdisciplinary studies in the field by enrolling concurrently to pursue a dual degree. Although you must apply to and be admitted to both programs, you can receive both degrees earlier than if you had enrolled in the two degree programs separately. If you participate in this program, you may reduce your JD requirements, by receiving law school credit (up to ten credits) for approved graduate-level courses; and you may decrease your dual degree program requirements by receiving credit for approve law courses (depending upon the program, usually up to ten credits).

Learn More: Earning A JD & A Dual Degree

The following university departments offer dual degrees that may be of particular interest to you:

  1. School of Pacific and Asian Studies

  2. MA Pacific Island Studies

  3. MA Asian Studies (Regional Majors Available in China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, South Asia or Southeast Asia)

  4. Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

  5. MA Hawaiian Studies

  6. Shidler College of Business

  7. MBA

  8. PhD International Management


Likewise, to this end, you can enroll concurrently to pursue a certificate.

The following university departments offer certificates that may be of particular interest to you:

  1. School of Pacific and Asian Studies

  2. Regional Graduate Certificates

  3. -Certificate in Chinese Studies

  4. -Certificate in Japanese Studies

  5. -Certificate in Korean Studies

  6. -Certificate in Philippine Studies

  7. -Certificate in South Asia Studies

  8. -Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies

  9. Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution

  10. Certificate in Conflict Resolution

Specialize Your Studies

You may also specialize your studies with a wide array of interdisciplinary studies in the field by enrolling in graduate level courses. Normally, you can receive law school credit for these courses (up to 10 credits).

Across Pacific and Asian studies, the university offers 600 courses, diffuse across diverse programs.

Language Programs

As well, through the university, you can augment your studies by developing your language skills, whether by building upon a language you already know or learning a whole new one.

Through any of the university departments below, you can enroll concurrently undertaking a dual degree or certificate in a language program or just take as many language courses as you’d like:

  1. East Asian Languages & Literature

  2. Languages

  3. -Chinese

  4. -Japanese

  5. -Korean

  6. Dual Degrees

  7. -MA Chinese Language & Linguistics

  8. -MA Chinese Literature

  9. -PhD Chinese Language & Linguistics

  10. -PhD Chinese Literature

  11. -MA Japanese Language & Linguistics

  12. -MA Japanese Literature

  13. -PhD Japanese Language & Linguistics

  14. -PhD Japanese Literature

  15. -MA Korean Language & Linguistics

  16. -MA Korean for Professionals

  17. -MA Korean Literature

  18. -PhD Korean Language & Linguistics

  19. -PhD Korean Literature

  20. Indo-Pacific Languages & Literature

  21. Languages

  22. -Cambodian (Khmer)

  23. -Chamorro

  24. -Filipino

  25. -Hindi/Urdu

  26. -Ilokano

  27. -Indonesian

  28. -Malay

  29. -Maori

  30. -Samoan

  31. -Sanskrit

  32. -Tahitian

  33. -Thai

  34. -Tongan

  35. -Vietnamese

  36. Certificates

  37. -Certificate in Cambodian (Khmer)

  38. -Certificate in Filipino

  39. -Certificate in Hindi

  40. -Certificate in Ilokano

  41. -Certificate in Indonesian Language

  42. -Certificate in Samoan

  43. -Certificate in Sanskrit

  44. -Certificate in Tahitian

  45. -Certificate in Thai

  46. -Certificate in Vietnamese

  47. Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

  48. Languages

  49. -Hawaiian

  50. Dual Degrees

  51. -MA Hawaiian


East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

Over fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 57,000 alumni and more than 750 partner organizations.

School of Pacific and Asian Studies

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) coordinates and promotes resources in Pacific and Asian Studies throughout UHM, supports faculty and student development, instruction, research and publication in these areas, and serves the educational and cultural interests of the people of the State of Hawai‘i by promoting a deeper understanding of our Pacific and Asian heritage.

SPAS is composed of 2 degree-granting units and 8 area centers.

The area centers serve as a focal point for faculty throughout the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) with interests in specific geographical areas, facilitating collaboration and interchange. Centers also provide outreach to the community, public schools and other organizations by sponsoring lectures and film screenings to the public, and providing unique resources to the education community.

  1. Centers

  2. -Center for Chinese Studies

  3. -Center for Japanese Studies

  4. -Center for Korean Studies

  5. -Center for Okinawan Studies

  6. -Center for Pacific Island Studies

  7. -Center for Philippine Studies

  8. -Center for South Asian Studies

  9. -Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

The mission of the Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is to pursue, perpetuate, research, and revitalize all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge, including its language, origins, history, arts, sciences, literature, religion, and education; its law and society; its political, medicinal, and cultural practices; as well as all other forms of knowledge. It recognizes the unique status of the Native Hawaiian people and recognize their unique connection to these forms of knowledge by encouraging, supporting, facilitating, and ensuring the incorporation of Native Hawaiians at all levels of the university. It seeks to accomplish this mission with a Native Hawaiian perspective that recognizes the holistic aspects of this knowledge, its diversities, and the importance of practical applications.

Its mission is to apply this knowledge to provide service and support to the Hawaiian community, as well as extending this knowledge outward from the academy and the community, into the Pacific and other international domains.

Shidler College of Business

A leader among U.S. business schools in its focus on the Pacific-Asian region, the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa provides students with an in-depth understanding of the best business practices, an awareness of languages and cultures, and a solid comprehension of emerging technologies within today's complex global economic environment.

Founded in 1949, the College offers students a wide selection of degree, certificate and high-impact executive programs in a unique multicultural learning environment enhanced by collaborative learning, research projects, international speakers, internships, study abroad and career opportunities.

Ranked among the top 25 institutions for international business and the only AACSB accredited MBA program in Hawaii, the Shidler College of Business equips its graduates with the ability to learn and to lead throughout their professional lifetime.

The College also houses unique resource institutes and centers dedicated to serving Asia and the Pacific with comprehensive research, programs and services.

  1. Institutes

  2. -Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI) Pacific Asian Management Institute (PAMI)

  3. Centers

  4. -Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center

  5. -Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

  6. -Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE) Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE)

  7. -Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education & Research (PACIBER) Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education & Research (PACIBER)

  8. -Pacific Business Center Program Pacific Business Center Program

East Asian Language & Literature

The East Asian Language & Literature Department (EALL) is the largest department of its kind in the country and offers a curriculum unparalleled in its breadth, depth, and variety of courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Language, Linguistics, and Literature.

At the undergraduate level, language skill courses help students develop a high level of proficiency in both the spoken and written aspects of the languages. Other courses provide both introductory survey coverage and advanced, theme-specific investigations of the literary cultures of East Asia and the linguistic analysis of Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Cultural awareness as well as language proficiency are further promoted through extra-curricular activities such as student clubs, video/film showings, lectures, and study abroad programs. Our students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in Hainan, China, and Kobe and Machida, Japan, and Seoul, Korea. The graduate programs are designed to provide students with advanced professional training in two tracks: 1) language/linguistics and 2) literary studies.

Indo-Pacific Languages & Literature

The Indo-Pacific Languages & Literature Department (IPLL) is devoted to excellence, innovation and leadership in teaching Indo-Pacific Languages & Literature, research in languages, literature and culture of the Indo-Pacific area and community service.

IPLL’s mission is to enhance knowledge of Indo-Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and facilitate the exchange and the diffusion of such knowledge and to prepare students to become knowledgeable about and competent in the Indo-Pacific Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution

The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution is a center of learning, research, and service in peace studies, conflict resolution, and human rights.