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RESOLUTION ON PROPOSED HAWAIIAN STUDIES MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE


Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on March 16, 2005
33 in support

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Resolution on a M.A. degree in Hawaiian Studies

WHEREAS, there does not now exist anywhere in the world a Master's degree in Hawaiian Studies housed in a School focusing on area studies at a major research university;

WHEREAS, a proposal to establish a Master of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has been submitted to CAPP by the Hawaiian Studies Program of the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS);

WHEREAS, CAPP has carefully reviewed the proposal to see if it meets academic, personnel and other requirements for a graduate degree, and the Committee is satisfied that the proposal does meet such requirements; in particular, we note that aside from the current graduate faculty in the area, the program has several junior members who are tenure-track;

WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library's Hawaiian Collection, comprising a unique, world-renowned collection of materials about Hawaii with many rare and unique items, will support graduate level research and instruction in Hawaiian studies in conjunction with collections at the Bishop Museum Library and Archives, the Hawaiian Historical Society Archives and the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society Archives and Library; moreover the Center for Hawaiian Studies itself has a collection separate from the UHM Library, as well as a full time librarian to oversee the collection;

WHEREAS, there is evident demand for a graduate program from students, especially on Manoa, who would like to pursue graduate study focusing on Hawaiian Studies;

WHEREAS, major institutions in the state need specialists trained in Hawaiian Studies, and there is a need to train future teachers in Hawaiian Studies for the public schools in the state;

WHEREAS, a graduate program in Hawaiian Studies would strengthen the overall academic program of SHAPS, and would enhance the role of Hawaii in Asia-Pacific regional affairs;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that

The Manoa Faculty Senate recommend the approval of the proposed M.A. degree in Hawaiian Studies.