Please check recent posts for each new semester’s course offerings. Because professors may develop topical courses, each semester there may be courses offered that are not included in the list below.


This listing is based upon the University of Hawai‘i General and Graduate Information Catalog. Not every course is offered every semester. Additional courses may be offered, courses may be canceled and visiting professors may offer courses that are not regularly available.

In addition to these listings, special reading (499) and research (699) courses are offered in all graduate departments. Please refer to the University of Hawai‘i General and Graduate Information Catalog for detailed information about departments and programs.


422 Anthropology of Religion

Myth, witchcraft, symbolism, values, ritual, spirit possession, shamanism, religious healing and millennial cults in primitive, fold and urban societies (Cross-listed with Religion 422).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


371 Asian Architecture & Culture
Study of cultural influences that affect the architectural expressions of selected Asian countries. Architecture is studied in the context of geography, climate, socioeconomic influences, general historic perspectives


180 Introduction to Eastern Art
Major developments in arts of Asia.

394 History of Textiles
Textile history up to contemporary fiber art, with reference to the technical process; (C) Oceania, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

492 Art of Ancient India
Critical analysis of the historical and cultural development of Indian architecture, painting, and sculpture.

493 Art of Islam
Major developments in art and architecture.


101 Introduction to Asian Studies: Asia Ancient to Modern

201 Introduction to Asian Studies: South and Southeast Asia
Understanding Asia through a comparison of regions and multidisciplinary approaches. Examines the interrelationship of policies, economy, literature, religion, the arts, and history as the basis for such an understanding. Focus is on South and Southeast Asia.

241 Civilizations of Asia
Historical survey of major civilizations of Asia from earliest times: East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. (See History 241.)

242 Civilizations of Asia
Continuation of 241. (Cross-listed with History 242.)

310 Asian Humanities
Multidisciplinary. Classics of literature, philosophy, and religion shaping Asian beliefs and values.

312 Contemporary Asian Civilizations
Multidisciplinary examination of problems and issues affecting peoples and institutions of contemporary Asia; ethnic, language, religious, and cultural differences; population growth; public health; economic development; political and social change; environmental problems; etc.

320I Asian Nation Studies: India
Multidisciplinary examination of India; cultural, social, economic and political lives of their peoples.

411 Comparative Muslim Societies in Asia

This course will compare Muslim societies and cultures in Asia with each other and with the so-called “core” Middle Eastern Muslim societies (offered concurrently with 611).

478 Musical Cultures: India

Approaches the cultural study of music and performance through a specific focus on South Asia. Pre: junior standing or consent. (Cross-listed as MUS 478H)

493 Development & Poverty in Asia
Social transformations by capitalism in agricultural and industrial sectors of contemporary societies. Perspective is historical and global; approach is interdisciplinary. Repeatable twice.

500 Master’s Plan B
Enrollment for degree completion.

501 Practicum in Asian Studies

600I Approaches to Asian Studies: South Asia
Approaches to South Asian studies as a field; contributions of major disciplines to study of South Asia; resources and methods of research; preparation of research proposal.

611 Comparative Muslim Societies in Asia
This course will compare Muslim societies and cultures in Asia with each other and with the so-called “core” Middle Eastern Muslim societies (offered concurrently with 411).

620 Problems/Issues of Contemporary Asia
Analysis from multidisciplinary perspectives: rural development, urbanization, international relations, ethnicity, religion, language, etc. Topics change every semester; may be repeated twice for credit.

624 Culture and Colonialism
Analysis of theories and debates (cultural studies, feminist writings, post-colonial issues.) Case studies of the transformation and creation of “traditional” cultures under colonialism.

625 Asia & the Modern World Systems
Multidisciplinary examination of interaction between the diverse regions of Asia and the capitalist-world economy; perspectives on large-scale social change and contemporary global crisis.

626 Capitalism in Contemporary Asia
Historically grounded theoretical examination of capitalism in 20th-century Asia; multidisciplinary approach to fundamental change in political and economic structures and institutions, prospects for the future.

627 Ethnic Nationalism in Asia
Contemporary theories of ethnic and cultural nationalism from perspective of Asia. Issues of nation-state, power hierarchies, modernity, and identity in contemporary societies.

694 Topics in Buddhist Studies
Seminar on selected topics in Buddhist studies.

705 Asian Research Materials and Methods
Bibliography, reference tools, and research methods in sources on Asia in Western and Asian languages. Discussion of published and archival repositories.

750I Research Seminar in Asian Studies (South Asia)


186 Individual Dance Instruction
Instruction at Introductory level. Representative works. (F) Indian.

255 Dance in World Cultures
Multimedia overview of world dance forms, with emphasis on Asia and the Pacific, and related concepts.

286 Individual Dance Instruction (F) Indian

386 Individual Dance Instruction (F) Indian

458 Field Experiences in Dance
Field experiences in relevant contexts under professional and faculty supervision.

459 Topics in Dance
Readings, research, and/or field and movement experiences.

486 Individual Dance Instruction (F) Indian

654 Regional Dances of Asia
Dance content and historico-social context of principal dance traditions.


415 Asian Economic Development
History and economic development. Resources, population, and income, saving, investment, and consumption patterns. Role of government and private enterprise.


339 South Asian Migrants: Culture and Politics
This interdisciplinary course examines the overseas migration of South Asians since the nineteenth century. Cross-listed with Women’s Studies.


102 World Regional Geography
World’s major cultural regions; geographic aspects of contemporary economic, social and political conditions.

312 Agricultural Geography & World Food Problems
Evolution of agriculture, environmental constraints, regional differences in agronomic practices, crop classification, technical and institutional factors, prospect of resolving world food problems.

314 Tropical Agrarian Systems
Analysis of environmental potential and constraints and of spatial organization of economy and society of tropical agrarian systems.
Emphasis on change through colonial and post-colonial periods.

328 Environment & Culture
Introduction to environmental aspects of cultural geography, cultural ecology, cultural landscape; cultural appraisal of environment.

355 Geography of South Asia
Introduction to physical and human geography of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Himalayan kingdoms. Environmental, economic, social, cultural, and political factors in development.

757 Research Seminar: Geography


151 World Civilization
Development of civilization from its prehistoric origins to 1500.

241 Civilizations of Asia
Survey of major civilizations of Asia from earliest times to 1500; East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia. (Cross-Listed: ASAN 241.)

242 Civilizations of Asia
Continuation of 241. Survey of major civilizations of Asia from 1500 to the present; East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia. (Cross-listed with ASAN 242.)

301 History of India & Pakistan
Historical survey of Indian society, economics, politics, religion, ideas, and institutions; origins, development, influence on culture, to 1500.

302 History of India and Pakistan
Continuation of 301. 1500 to the present.

354 Introduction to Islamic History
Muhammad, the Arab conquests, the Caliphate; fundamentals of Islam; classical Islamic civilization; development of Islam into modern times with emphasis on the Middle Eastern heartland.

392 History of Warfare Since 1850
Continuation of 391; from 1850 to present.

432 Crisis & Conflict in the Middle East
In depth study and analysis of major crises and conflicts in the Middle East since World War II: the Arab-Israeli Wars, revolutions in the Arab countries, the Turkish experiment with secularism, the Iranian/Islamic revolution, Afghanistan, the Gulf War.

609 Seminar in World History
Analysis, research, and discussion of themes and issues in study of history of humankind.

663 Seminar in Indian History
Problems and readings; influence of Indian culture on Southeast Asia. Individual reports. Repeatable.


101 Directed Elementary Language Study
Directed study of a South Asian, Southeast Asia, or Pacific language not regularly listed by the department.

102 Directed Elementary Language Study
Continuation of 101.

199 Introductory Language Study
Introduction to a South Asia, Southeast Asian, or Pacific language not regularly offered. Contact hours and credits determined by student interests and faculty resources. Repeatable up to 8 credit hours.

201 Directed Intermediate Language Study
Continuation of 102.

202 Directed Intermediate Language Study
Continuation of 201.

261 Topics in Indo-Pacific Literature/Culture
Study of a literature or culture of the Indo-Pacific area through readings in various fields in English. Repeatable up to 6 credit hours.

273 Introduction to Indo-Pacific Language & Culture
Introduction in English to language(s) and culture(s) of Indo-Pacific country or region. (B) Indian

299 Intermediate Language Study
Intermediate study of a South Asian, Southeast Asian, or Pacific language not regularly offered. Contact hours an credits determined by student interests and faculty resources. Repeatable up to 8 credit hours.

301 Directed Third-Level Language Study
Continuation of 202.

302 Directed Third-Level Language Study
Continuation of 301.

365 South Asian Literature in Translation
Survey of traditional and modern literature of South Asia; literature written originally in English.

366 South Asian Literature in Translation
Survey of traditional and modern literature of South Asia; a vernacular literature to be determined by faculty resources and student interest.

399 Third-Level Language Study
Third-level study of a South Asian, Southeast Asian, or Pacific language not regularly offered. Contact hours and credits determined by student interests and faculty resources. Repeatable up to 6 credit hours.

401 Directed Fourth-Level Language Study
Continuation of 302.

402 Directed Fourth Level-Language Study
Continuation of 401.


344 Languages of the World
Survey of major language families; topological classification and language universals; writing systems, artificial “international” languages; “contact” languages. Variety of grammatical structures illustrated by selected languages.

621 Phonology
Phonological theory and problems of analysis.

622 Grammar
Grammatical theory and problems of analysis.

640 Topics in Linguistics
History of the discipline, schools of l linguistic thought, current issues, etc. Repeatable. English linguistics; (F) phonology and phonetics; (G) general; (H) history of the discipline; (S) sociolinguistics; (T) theory; (X) syntax; (Y) psycholinguistics.

645 The Comparative Method
Introduction to historical-comparative linguistics; attention to both
Indo-European and languages with few or no written records.

646 The Comparative Method
Continuation of 645.

662 Indo-European
Reconstruction of proto-Indo-European, based mainly on five older languages (Sanskrit, Classical Greek, Latin, Old Church Slavic, Gothic.)

770 Areal Linguistics
Structures of languages of various areas of the world; diffusion.


101 Introduction to Philosophy
Social and individual values, obligations, rights, responsibilities.

202 Asian Traditions
Universal themes and problems from Asian perspective.

305 Philosophy of Religion
Problems and methods. Nature of religious experience, alternatives to theism, existence of god, relation between faith and reason, nature of religious language.

330 Islamic Philosophy
Survey of major philosophers and schools: Kindi, Razi, Avicenna, Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, Averroes, etc.

350 Indian Philosophy
Survey of major orthodox and heterodox systems: Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, Vedanta, Jainism, Buddhism.

360 Buddhist Philosophy
Survey of central thinkers and schools.

614 Studies in Metaphysics
Key issues in ontological and cosmological theory. Problems of materialism, idealism, phenomenalism, etc.

615 Studies in Philosophy of Religion
Key issues in theory of religious experience, language, reasoning.

735 Seminar on Philosophical Periods
Close study of a period of significant and connected philosophical activity within a philosophic tradition.

760 Seminar in Buddhist Philosophy
Major philosophical problems in the development of Buddhist thought during its formative period.

790 Seminar in Comparative Philosophy
Comparison of widely differing philosophical traditions. Specific topic changes each semester. Consult department for more information.


110 Introduction to Political Science
Discussion of politics as an activity and of political problems, systems, ideologies, processes.

120 Introduction to World Politics
Power and contemporary world politics since 1945 with emphasis on the US role.

341 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
Theories and case studies.

345 Topics in Comparative Politics: Country/Regional
Analysis of political structure of processes in specific countries and regions. (J) India

640 Comparative Politics
At least once section a semester; emphasis on Asia, theories of development, and comparative methods.

652 Comparative Public Administration
Detailed examination of implementation of governmental policy in different countries.

740 Seminar: Comparative Government & Politics
Pre-announced topics; at least one section a semester.

780 Seminar: Politics of Regions
Analysis of political development, international relations, decision-making processes, and system of political thought in regions and subregions of the world.


615 Intercultural Interaction in Health Administration
Theory-based frameworks and training methods of intercultural interaction and their applications to health care administrative situations as studied, experienced, and applied.

616 Basic Concepts of International Health
World development, resultant interdependent global health problems; development of international health and related technical assistance agencies, their methodologies, and effectiveness; special emphasis on health problems of Asia and the Pacific.

617 Comparative Public Health Systems
Health systems in selected countries and communities of Asia and the Pacific. Historical development and relevant sociocultural, economic, political factors influencing development.

618 Cross-Cultural Perspectives in International Health
Discussion of international health activities in cross-cultural perspective; exchange of technologies, information, values, attitudes.

619 International Health Programming
Practical techniques for structured decision-making and leadership skills applicable to intersectoral health project planning presented in an inquiry-based approach.

670 Culture & Community
Individual and community health in cultural perspective: consideration relevant to cross-cultural training and practice.

727 Primary Health Care Management of Populations at Risk
Health and development concepts; strategies in planning, implementation and management of primary health care in developing countries and for under-served at-risk populations in cross-cultural settings.


150 Introduction to the World’s Major Religions
Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism.

151 Religion & the Meaning of Existence
Basic ideas and issues in contemporary religious thought about the meaning of existence.

202 Understanding Indian Religions
Teachings and practices of major religious traditions of India.

207 Understanding Buddhism
Survey of major forms and practices.

300 The Study of Religion
Definitions and functions of religion; methodologies by which it is studied; relationship to other areas of human endeavor.

333 Cults and New Religions
Study of cults and new religious movements in America, the Pacific, and East Asia; examining types, causes, and functions of these movements.

352 Comparative Ethics
Ethical thought and practice in major world religions.

362 Buddhism & Christianity
Comparative study of major themes.

383 Mysticism East & West
Mystic traditions of the West from desert monasticism to Renaissance mystics compared with those of South and East Asia.

412 Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King
Life and though of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the religious dimensions of their works.

422 Anthropology of Religion
Myth, witchcraft, symbolism, values, ritual, spirit possession, shamanism, religious healing, and millennial cults in primitive, folk, and urban societies. (Cross-listed with Anthropology 422.)

431 Health/Medicine in Religion
Issues of health and disease in the light of religious beliefs and practices.

465 Religion and Social Change in Asia
Interrelationship of society and religion in Asia. Roles of traditional elite, heterodox religious movements, effects of modernization and secularization, socio-religious movements in developing countries.

475 Seminar on Buddhism
Selected historical, thematic, and textual research topic in Buddhism; topics and geographical focus to be announced each semester.

495 Seminar in Religion
Topics pre-announced each semester.

650 Seminar on World Religions
Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of world religions.

662 Seminar on South Asian Religions
Selected historical, thematic and textual research topics in Indian religious traditions: (B) Indian religions; (D) Indian Buddhism.


181 Introduction to Sanskrit
Introduction to basic Sanskrit grammar; reading and analysis of progressively difficult classical texts.

182 Introduction to Sanskrit
Continuation of 181.

281 Intermediate Sanskrit
Continuation of 182. Reading and analysis of classical texts with review of grammar.

282 Intermediate Sanskrit
Continuation of 281.

381 Third-Level Sanskrit
Continuation of 282. Reading and analysis of various classical texts.

382 Third-Level Sanskrit
Continuation of 381. Introduction of Veda.

481 Fourth-Level Sanskrit
Continuation of 382. Reading,, analysis, and interpretation of various Vedic or Sanskrit texts selected according to students’ interests.

482 Fourth-Level Sanskrit
Continuation of 481.

685 Advanced Readings in Sanskrit
Reading, analysis, and interpretation of selected texts.


311 Survey of Social Stratification
General introduction to social stratification theory and research; definition and measurement of social status; power structures, class differences in lifestyles and life chances, social mobility.


410 Ethnic Costumes of the World
Historical development and characteristic features of ethnic costumes as found in various cultures of the world.

418 Costumes of South & Southeast Asia
Historical development and characteristic features of traditional costumes and fabrics of India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines; customs and culture.


464 Drama/Theater of Southeast Asia and India
Court, folk, popular traditions and the manner of their production.

663C Topics in Asian Theater
Comparative and cross-cultural examination. (C) Theories and systems. In-depth study of Bharata’s Natyasastra and the works of Zeami.

763 Seminar in Asian Theater
(B) Southeast Asia and India.


245 Women Writers of the World
Major women writers of world literature examined in context of female literary tradition.

339 South Asian Migrants: Culture and Politics
This interdisciplinary course examines the overseas migration of South Asians since the nineteenth century. Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies.

345 20th Century Literature by Women
Twentieth-century women writers and their works; novels, short stories, poems, autobiographies. Interrelations of gender and

361 Third World Women and Change
Feminist comparative study of the position of women in both simple and complex cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; interaction with ecology, culture, and social organization.

375 Women and Media
Media portrayal of women and men; role of the media in reproducing gender inequality. Women as producers and consumers of media. Feminist alternatives to mainstream media.