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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.

Nor Ismah (MAAS 2012) Receives Ph.D.

Nor Ismah, who received her MA degree in Asian Studies in 2012, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at Leiden University (Netherlands) on 12 January 2023. The thesis is entitled “Women Issuing Fatwas: Female Islamic Scholars and Community-based Authority in Java, Indonesia.” Prof. B.A. Barendregt presented her certificate and Prof. F. de Ruiter (pro-Rector) presided. Ismah is currently Director of the Institute of Research and Community Service and Development at Nahdlatul Ulama University in Yogyakarta.

Bart Barendregt gives Nor Ismah the PhD certificate.
Bart Barendregt giving Nor Ismah the Ph.D. certificate at Leiden University.

At UH Mānoa, Ismah researched young adult literature related to Islamic boarding schools or Pondok/Pesantren. This topic also remains part of her ongoing focus, and she was recently the only woman to present at a national conference on pesantren literature in Indonesia.

Congratulations to Nor Ismah on receiving her Ph.D. and on continuing to do excellent work in the academy and in the community!

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