The Center for Korean Studies does not confer degrees directly. Its mission is to provide administrative support for Korea-related programs within the instructional system of the University of Hawai‘i. Those wishing to pursue Korean studies at the University of Hawai‘i do so within one of the University's regular departments or programs.


There is no academic degree in "Korean Studies" per se, but some two dozen disciplinary fields confer bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees with a complete or partial Korean component in the curricula, theses, and dissertations. The list below is not exhaustive but highlights the most common fields of study.

  • Asian Studies (Korea): B.A., M.A.
  • Korean Language: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Korean Literature:, M.A. and Ph.D.
  • History (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Political Science (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Linguistics (Korean focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Second Language Studies (Korean focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Sociology (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Ethnomusicology (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Dance (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Economics (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Urban and Regional Planning (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Communication and Information Sciences (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Speech (Korea focus): M.A.
  • Education (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Business Administration (Korea focus): M.A. and Ph.D.

Some other fields of study offer Korea-related courses but too few to constitute a Korea focus for degree purposes. These include:

  • Art History: M.A.
  • Philosophy: M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Religion: M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Anthropology: M.A. and Ph.D.
  • Theatre: M.A. and Ph.D.

Of particular interest to many students desiring to study Korea are the University's Asian Studies Program, which offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, and the Korean language and literature curricula in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. For more information about these opportunities, see the sections below.

Admission requirements and procedures, academic regulations, tuition and fees, and curricula are set forth in the General Catalog and Graduate Catalog of the University.


Korea-related courses in the current University of Hawai'i at Mānoa catalog are as listed (for the latest on-line version of the university catalog, please refer to the University website.

*Not all courses are offered in every semester. Consult the appropriate course schedule to determine which courses are offered in a particular semester (see available classes).

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