Why Study the Philippines at UH Manoa?

Studying at UH Manoa enables one to learn about the Philippines and its people, Filipinos in the diaspora, the multiple meanings of the "people power revolution," aspects of traditional and contemporary culture, and many other topics. For Filipinos and Filipino-Americans such study is a means to re-connect with a Filipino heritage and to re-establish ties that may be on the verge of disappearing. For all students it articulates values and traditions important to Filipino identity, fosters an understanding and appreciation of that identity, and develops skills for functioning in Filipino settings. Our faculty members incorporate these dimensions of knowledge in their teaching, while at the same time they recognize and respect the other cultures and peoples that make up the unique mix of Hawaii as well as the diversity in the United States as a whole.

Philippine Studies as a Field of Study

Philippine Studies can be a major or area of concentration for the following:

  • Baccalaureate Degrees: B.A. in Asian Studies (Asian Studies Program), B.A. in Philippine Languages and Literatures in both Filipino and Ilokano ( Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures), B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Department of Ethnic Studies).
  • Graduate Degrees: M.A. in Asian Studies. Ph.D. programs which include Philippine courses and support a dissertation topic on the Philippines are in discipline departments, such as Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, History, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, and Theater. The M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies include a focus on Filipino Americans and the Filipino diaspora.
  • Philippine Studies Certificate. This certificate can be earned concurrently with a graduate degree in various departments of the humanities, social sciences, arts, education, or business as well as Asian Studies. 18 credits of Philippines-related course work in consultation with the Center is required.

Scholarships for Philippine Studies Majors

Various scholarships are available at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for students with a major or concentration in Philippine Studies. For more information, please click on "Scholarships" at the dropdown menu and follow the links.

For inquiries, write or call:

Dr. Vina A. Lanzona, Director
Center for Philippine Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 416
Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: cpsdir@hawaii.edu
Tel: (808) 956-5752.