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Undergraduate Programs

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master's in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Courses in Asian Studies

Important Forms for Students

About

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Water color painting. Background contains orange sky and white temple with black roof surrounded by brown, green and gray trees.
Cherry blossom tree with brown branches and pink flowers. Right side has Osaka castle, white building with yellow decoration and blue-green roofs.
Nightime sky filled with many little white stars and brown-ish white clouds running through background White circular tent is half covered with shadow and half lit on left side. Right side has a black shadow silhouette of a person with short hair.
Left side contains Chiang Kai-shek memorial, white building with blue rooftop and blue-lights on stairs. Right side has Chinese-style building with red pillars, green decoration and orange rooftop lit up. Background is dark gray sky with white clouds.
Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shrine) pathway with gates lined up one after another. Gates are painted orange with a black base. Small black lantern on the upper middle and a gray pathway that runs through the center.
White snow-capped mountains and hills over light blue and white water filling bottom third. Top two-thirds contains blue sky with white-gray cloud on upper left side.
Water color painting. Background contains orange sky and white temple with black roof surrounded by brown, green and gray trees.Cherry blossom tree with brown branches and pink flowers. Right side has Osaka castle, white building with yellow decoration and blue-green roofs.Nightime sky filled with many little white stars and brown-ish white clouds running through background White circular tent is half covered with shadow and half lit on left side. Right side has a black shadow silhouette of a person with short hair.Left side contains Chiang Kai-shek memorial, white building with blue rooftop and blue-lights on stairs. Right side has Chinese-style building with red pillars, green decoration and orange rooftop lit up. Background is dark gray sky with white clouds.Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shrine) pathway with gates lined up one after another. Gates are painted orange with a black base. Small black lantern on the upper middle and a gray pathway that runs through the center.White snow-capped mountains and hills over light blue and white water filling bottom third. Top two-thirds contains blue sky with white-gray cloud on upper left side.

About the Department of Asian Studies

 

Asian studies logo. Green bamboo illustration enclosed in green circle with white background. Black text underneath logo "Asian Studies University of Hawaii at Manoa" in all capital letters.

The Department of Asian Studies is in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), in the College of Arts, Languages, and Letters (CALL) at UH Mānoa. We offer interdisciplinary BA and MA degree programs and Graduate Certificates in the study of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Inter-Asia.

Asian Studies majors go on to successful careers in government service, teaching, research, law, journalism, non-profit work and business, in Asia and the US.

At UH Manoa, Asian Studies covers a broad geographical arc including South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. The approach to the study of these interrelated regions is interdisciplinary, taught by faculty trained in the geography, history, anthropology, political science, sociology, language and literature, ethnomusicology, performing arts, and urban and regional planning of Asia.

Our faculty members have won awards locally, nationally and internationally for their teaching and research. In addition to the Asian Studies faculty, there are more than 200 faculty and staff who are Asia specialists in different departments and programs throughout the campus. Several hundred courses on Asia (or with substantive Asia content) are taught at UH Mānoa, a unique strength the Department of Asian Studies utilizes in crafting its BA and MA degrees.

The Department of Asian Studies offers an unprecedented opportunity for students to study a wide range of topics, disciplines, and methodologies to design their individual programs to suit their particular interests. This interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the study of Asia, focused on the social sciences and humanities, is the heart of the program’s mission. Competency in an Asian language commensurate with the student’s focus and level is considered fundamental, and is a required part of the BA and MAAS programs, and strongly encouraged in the MAIA program.

The Department of Asian Studies is closely linked in terms of students, faculty, courses, fellowships, staff, and daily operations to all of SPAS’ Centers, which further coordinate links throughout the university. The possibilities are endless.

The following disciplines, fields, and programs serve Asian Studies’ interdisciplinary mission: American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Business, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theater and Dance, Urban and Regional Planning, Women’s Studies, and more.

Please note: We do not offer a PhD in Asian Studies. Asia-focused PhD programs are available in Anthropology, East Asian Language and Literatures, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, Theater and Dance, and Tropical Agriculture. Our MA degrees can help prepare you for a PhD in another department; as a PhD student, you are also eligible to concurrently pursue a Graduate Certificate in an area of Asian Studies.  If you are interested in applying for a PhD on an Asia-related topic at UH Mānoa, please contact the appropriate department.

 

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