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College Departments and Degrees

American Studies

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 American Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa provides students with a strong foundation in critical thinking, independent research, and quality writing through an interdisciplinary analysis of American society, history, culture, and politics. With its unique emphasis on politics, race relations, cultural studies, and U.S. engagement with the larger Asia-Pacific region, UHM’s American Studies Department encourages students to examine the dynamic and diverse cultures of the United States in a global context.

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD, Graduate Certificate in historical preservation & museum studies

Major Academic Areas: American art, architecture, history, literature, religion, gender, race, cultural studies, performance studies, global studies, historic preservation, and museum studies.

Website: www.manoa.hawaii.edu/amst

Contact:
Department of American Studies
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 324
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8570
Fax : (808) 956-4733
E-mail : amstuh@hawaii.edu

Art & Art History

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The Department of Art and Art History is a comprehensive and diverse center for the study of visual art and art history, and the only master’s degree granting program in the visual arts in the region. Comprised of nine distinct but interrelated media programs as well as an art history program that specializes in the art of Asia and Hawai‘i/Pacific, the department combines seasoned faculty expertise with state-of-the-art facilities.

Degrees: BA, BFA, MA, MFA

Major Academic Areas: art history, ceramics, drawing/painting, electronic art, fiber, glass, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/art/

Contact:
Department of Art & Art History
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2535 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu Hawai‘i 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8251
Fax (808) 956-9043

Communicology

Communicology

The Department of Communicology is a nationally-ranked program that focuses on research and education in communication processes and functions, strengthened and enriched by the cultural diversity of Hawai’i.
Our students obtain a liberal education of considerable breadth and depth in regard to communication theory and research, and are afforded ample opportunity to develop their communicative knowledge and skills by applying theory in diverse settings.

Degrees: BA, MA

Major Academic Areas: human message processing, relational communication, social influence, intercultural communication, health communication.

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/communicology

Contact:
Department of Communicology
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
George Hall 326; 2560 Campus Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8202
Fax: (808) 956-3947
E-mail: kaune@hawaii.edu

Creative Media

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The Academy for Creative Media emphasizes narrative, or story telling, theories, skills and application across multiple platforms of digital media and within a context of cultural and aesthetic values. More than just a “film school,” ACM seeks to empower students to tell their own stories of Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia rather than have those stories told for them through a different cultural lens that is distant and often distorted.

Degrees: BA

Major Academic Areas: digital cinema, computer animation & game design, and critical studies.

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/acm/

Contact:
Academy for Creative Media
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7736
Fax: (808) 956-6662
Email: acm@hawaii.edu

History

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History traverses many cultures and eras, and offers fascinating insights into the past. The Department of History at the University of Hawai‘i helps students to develop skills in evaluating evidence, organizing information, clarifying concepts, and writing narratives. Our faculty are active researchers in the fields of Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, American, European and World history.

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD

Major Academic Areas: Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, American, European and World history

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/history

Contact:
Department of History
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A203
Honolulu, HI 96822-2383
Phone: (808) 956-8486
Fax (808) 956-9600
E-mail: motookaj(at)hawaii(dot)edu

 

Music

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The only fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in the state of Hawai`i, the Music Department features an outstanding faculty consisting of acclaimed performers, respected and noted composers, scholarly historians, innovative educators and a world-class ethnomusicology program. We offer a unique blend of academic and practical instruction in Western music traditions and in the musics of the Pacific region. Our students are supported through an unusually varied array of beginning to advanced non-Western ensembles as well as high quality Western music performance groups.

Degrees: BA, BM, MA, MM, PhD, BEd in music education

Major Academic Areas: composition, piano, voice, instrumental, ethnomusicology, music education and musicology

Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/music/

Contact:
Music Department
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7756
Fax: (808) 956-9657
E-mail: uhmmusic@hawaii.edu

Philosophy

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Since its founding in 1936, the mission of the Department of Philosophy has been to sustain programs that foster East-West comparative philosophy while offering a solid foundation in Western philosophy. We endeavor to teach, to consolidate and to extend, not only Western approaches to philosophy, as American universities characteristically do, but also the work of Asian philosophers and, finally, approaches to philosophical issues that draw upon the diversity and the intermingling of traditions.

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD, Undergraduate Certificate

Major Academic Areas: Western philosophy, Asian philosophy (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, South Asian Buddhist, Islamic), comparative philosophy, ethical theory, epistemology and philosophy of science, aesthetics, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, logic & reasoning, social & political philosophy, philosophy of law, and practical ethics.

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/phil

Contact:
Philosophy Department
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki D-301
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822-2383
Phone: (808) 956-8649
FAX: (808) 956-9228
E-mail: philo@hawaii.edu

Religion

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 The Department of Religion provides students the opportunity to learn about the histories, beliefs, discourses, and practices of the world’s religions. The multi-cultural and multi-religious ethos of Hawaii allows students ready access to a diverse spectrum of the religious traditions that exist and are practiced here. At the undergraduate level, students are encouraged to gain a basic understanding of the concept of religion and to explore a broad spectrum of the world’s religions. The graduate program focuses primarily on the religions of Asia and the Pacific and is designed to prepare students for study at the doctorate level as well as teaching of religion.

Degrees: BA, MA

Major Academic Areas: Multi-disciplinary studies of religions in Asia and the Pacific: comparative religion, history of religion, theory and philosophy of religion, textual studies of religion, ritual studies, visual religion, regional studies of religion (India, China, Japan, and Polynesia)

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/religion/

Contact:
Department of Religion
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Sakamaki Hall A311
2530 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8299
Fax: (808) 956-9894

Theatre & Dance

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Theatre and Dance have separate degree programs. The Theatre program offers an intensive study of the theory and history of Theatre, analysis of dramatic masterworks, and a full program of public productions presented by faculty and students. An important part of the curriculum is composed of Eastern and Western performative and scenic techniques. The Dance program offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes history, anatomy, notation, movement analysis, and pedagogy alongside studio courses in modern, ballet and Asian and Pacific dance forms. Students have the opportunity to create their own work as well as perform in faculty, in the genres mentioned, and guest artists’ choreography.

Degrees: BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD

Major Academic Areas: Theatre- Western, Asian and Youth Theatre; Acting, Directing, Design, Playwriting. Dance- Performance and Choreography; Dance Education; Dance Ethnology.

Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/theatre/

Contact:
Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Kennedy Theatre
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-7677 (phone)
Fax: (808) 956-4234 (fax)
E-mail: theatre@hawaii.edu