The South Asia Center encourages undergraduates in the Asian Studies Program to pursue an area focus on South Asia, or specialize in any country within that region. Undergraduates are encouraged to take courses related to South Asian history, society, culture and language offered by the Asian Studies faculty as well as the Center’s affiliate faculty.
Faculty members affiliated with the Center offer courses on a wide range of South Asia-related topics in anthropology, art, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, theater and dance, and urban and regional planning giving students the opportunity to be introduced to various disciplinary approaches to South Asia.
The Asian Studies Program encourages its students to study the language of the country or region in which the student is specializing up to and beyond the second-year level. Hindi and Sanskrit are offered every semester at the introductory, intermediate, and third-year level through the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES
The Asian Studies Program offers graduate certificates to those students who want to focus on the region or on a particular South Asian country. Coordinated by the Center for South Asian Studies, the certificate program is tailored to serve graduate students on academic as well as professional tracks so that they may develop an expertise in the region or the country of choice. The program requirements include the demonstration of language competency at the intermediate (200) level. Hindi and Sanskrit at the introductory and intermediate levels are offered through the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature.
MA IN ASIAN STUDIES
The Master’s program in Asian Studies enables a student to study a particular geographical and cultural region of Asia. A student may concentrate on a particular country within South Asia or in the region as a whole. This geographical and cultural approach requires a study of the region from several disciplinary viewpoints. Students are encouraged to tap into the broad range of research interests of the Center’s affiliate faculty, and the courses they offer. MA students need to demonstrate proficiency in a South Asian language at the third-year (300) level. Hindi and Sanskrit are offered every semester at the introductory, intermediate, and third-year level through the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature. Other languages are offered on a slightly less regular schedule (Urdu, Persian) and still others may be studied as independent studies (Nepali, Bengali). Students are encouraged to pursue the study of South Asian languages through summer programs and study abroad in addition to taking advantage of opportunities at UH Manoa. Visit the Asian Studies Program for the requirements for a Master’s degree in Asian Studies. Students planning on entering a PhD program have the option of writing an MA thesis. A thesis is not compulsory for a Master’s degree.
MA OR PHD IN OTHER DISCIPLINES WITH A SOUTH ASIA FOCUS
South Asia-focused doctoral programs are available in anthropology, geography, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, public health, religion, sociology, theater, and tropical agriculture, and urban and regional planning. Students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in any of these fields should contact the appropriate department.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to study abroad through the UH Manoa Study Abroad Center’s program with Ambedkar University Delhi. Offered in the fall semester every year, the program allows students to pay UH tuition and get UH course credit while experiencing life at an Indian university, with many opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. More information is available from UH Manoa Study Abroad.
Students are also encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities through other universities’ programs, and to pursue study and research projects in South Asia through UH-funded opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and other scholarships and fellowships.