Academic Programs

Undergraduate Degrees (BA)

First, the good news! The Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL) at the University of Hawaii-Manoa has a unique language program, the first of its kind in the United States, that offers a BA degree in Philippine Language and Literature, with focus on Filipino/Tagalog and Ilokano. It also offers four levels of Filipino/Tagalog and Ilokano language study.

BA degrees with a Philippine interdisciplinary concentration are also offered through the Asian Studies and Liberal Studies Programs. About 151 courses focusing on the Philippines/Filipinos are offered by various departments/programs at the UHM Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Department of Ethnic Studies, and History Department, among others.

The Asian Studies Program focuses on a Philippine concentration combining history, language, social sciences, and other aspects of culture and society. The Liberal Studies Program option allows students to design their own program of study leading to a "major equivalent" consisting of 36 semester credit hours of Philippine-related courses in two or more departments.