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 or request an appointment here.

Major Requirements

Completion of 120 credit hours, including the General Education Requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section for more information) and the following program requirements:

  • GPA of 2.0 in all UH Manoa registered credit hours.
  • A GPA of 3.0 in all courses for the major.
  • Total of 35 credit hours
  • 23 credit hours in the following required courses:
    • HAW 301 and 302
    • 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
    • HWST Elective (see academic advisor)
  • 12 credit hours of approved courses in one of these areas of concentrations:
    • Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression
    • Kukulu Aupuni: Envisioning the Nation
    • Kumu Kahiki: Comparative Hawai’inuiakea and Indigenous Studies
    • Malama ‘aina: Hawaiian Perspectives on Resource Management
    • Mo’olelo ‘Oiwi: Native History and Literature
  • Third-year fluency in Hawaiian

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

For more detailed information, see Hawaiian Studies major requirements and UH Mānoa general education requirements.