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Master’s in Asian Studies: The master’s program in Asian Studies with a concentration on Southeast Asia allows a student to take a range of courses that would be difficult in a traditional discipline. Southeast Asia focused doctoral programs are available in anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, political science, public health, sociology, theatredance, and tropical agriculture. Students considering degrees in the disciplines should contact those programs directly for information and application materials. Please visit the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to learn how to apply.

Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies: Interested in a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies? The Department of Asian Studies is currently working to set new guidelines for the graduate certificate. It is hoped that the new guidelines will be in place for interested students beginning in Spring 2016. For inquiries, please contact the Asian Studies Program Chair at (808) 956-6085.

Undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies: Launched in Fall 2016, the purpose of the undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies is to increase understanding of Islam as a world religion through critical analysis of primary and secondary materials, to foster knowledge about the complexity among Islamic societies and their diverse cultural expressions, and to explore the role of Islam and Muslims in present and past world affairs. This certificate is housed within the College of Arts and Humanities. The participating departments are Art and Art History, History, Philosophy, and Religion.

Southeast Asian Languages: The Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii offers instruction in many Southeast Asian languages, including KhmerIlokanoIndonesianTagalogThai and Vietnamese. IPLL also provides regular instruction in other languages of interest to Southeast Asian scholars, including Arabic, Hindi, and Sanskrit. Individuals interested in Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit, and/or Vietnamese should contact the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures directly.

Southeast Asia Courses: The University of Hawai′i at Mānoa (UHM) offers about 140 graduate or undergraduate courses wholly or partially related to Southeast Asia. Students who specialize in Southeast Asia concentrate on the countries that comprise this large geographical area: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Viet Nam. Over 50 lecturers, visiting professors and resident faculty teach and do research in the region of Southeast Asia and/or in Southeast Asian languages.

Fellowships & Scholarships: The Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, along with a list of other Center scholarships for Southeast Asian Studies students, can be found on the student Scholarships page. We also encourage all students to join the CSEAS Linkedin group for professional social announcements.

Related Links

Asian Studies Program

School of Pacific and Asian Studies

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa