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.

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.

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