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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

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

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Adeline Ruiz, B.A. December 2020

Asian Studies is proud to announce the graduation of Adeline Ruiz, BA in Asian Studies, December 2020.

Adeline Ruiz wearing black v-neck dress with long hair smiling. Background has ocean and she is on a boat holding onto a white sail.

Adeline started her college coursework one day shy of her 15th birthday, taking classes at Honolulu Community College as she worked to graduate early from high school. Three short years later, just after turning 18, she completed her BA in Asian Studies at UH-Mānoa with a concentration in history and literature of Asia.  She maintained an excellent GPA while competing on the UH Sailing team, earning a UH Scholar-Athlete award in recognition of her hard work.

Adeline says, “I absolutely loved all courses relating to Asian Studies.  My grandparents were raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in the early 60’s. My grandpa told us he joined the U.S. Navy to get a pair of shoes. So, taking time to study in depth the history in so many surrounding countries was enlightening and truly improved my knowledge and understanding of the area. I’m so excited for the next chapter in my life. Hard work always pays off!” 

Congratulations, Adeline! 

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