B.A. in Hawaiian Studies Requirement

The Hawaiian Studies Program is one of the most innovative baccalaureate programs at UH Hilo. The B.A. in Hawaiian Studies provides curriculum and pedagogy through two options.

  • The Continuing the Culture option produces fluent Hawaiian language speakers who are committed to revitalizing and perpetuating the Hawaiian language and culture in their lives.
  • The Monitoring the Culture option conjointly produces fluent Hawaiian language speakers in broader contexts of Hawaiian language and culture in relationship with natural and social environments of Hawaiʻi.

Group 1. General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2018

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE foundations, diversification, structural and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements and Assigned Credits

Prerequisite Language Courses (8-24 credits)

  1. First Level Hawaiian Language (4-16 credits): Choose one of the following sequences:

    • HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I (4) AND HAW 102 Elem Hawaiian II (4) AND KHAW 103 First Lvl Trans Hawn Immersion (4) AND KHAW 104 First Lvl Partial Hawn Immers (4)
    • KHAW 103 First Lvl Trans Hawn Immersion (4) AND KHAW 104 First Lvl Partial Hawn Immers (4)
    • KHAW 108 Accel First Lvl Hawn Immersion (8)
    • KHAW 133 First Lvl Hawn for Speakers (4)
    • KHAW 190 Fluency Community Support (1) (Course to be repeated with different sub-letters for a total of 8 credits)
  2. Second Level Hawaiian Language (4-16 credits) Choose one of the following sequences

    • KHAW 203 Second Lvl Univ Hawn Immers I (4) AND KHAW 204 Second Lvl Univ Hawn Immers II (4)
    • KHAW 208 Accel Sec Lvl Univ Hawn Immers (8)
    • KHAW 233 Second Level Hawn for Speakers (4)

Option I (Continuing the Culture) (56-74 credits)

1. Prerequisite Language Courses (8-24 credits)

2. Required courses (48-50 credits)

  • KHAW 303-304 Third Level Hawaiian I (4), Third Level Hawaiian II (4)
  • KHAW 403-404 Fourth Level Hawaiian I (4), Fourth Level Hawaiian II (4)
  • KHAW 490 Base-level Fluency Hawn Med Ed (1) or KHAW 333 Applied Skills (3)
  • KHWS 496 Hawaiian Studies Seminar (3)
  • KHWS 381A Ka Nohona Kaulana Mahina (4) or KHWS 381E Ka Nohona Kaulana Mahina (4)
  • KHWS 466 Mele Ku I ka Wa (3)
  • KHWS 475 Na Mele Hula Kahiko (3)
  • KHWS 476 Na Mele Hula 'Auana (3)
  • KHAW 453 Hawn Phonetics & Phonol (3)
  • KHAW 454 Hawn Morphology & Syntax (3)
  • KHWS 462 Haku Mele (3)
  • KHWS 463 Intro Hawn Narrative Lit (3)
  • KHWS 465 Ha'i'olelo Ku'una (3)

Option II (Monitoring the Culture) (55-73 credits)

1. Prerequisite Language Courses (8-24 credits)

2. Required courses (29-31 credits)

  • KHAW 303-304 Third Level Hawaiian I (4), Third Level Hawaiian II (4)
  • KHAW 403-404 Fourth Level Hawaiian I (4), Fourth Level Hawaiian II (4)
  • KHAW 490 Base-level Fluency Hawn Med Ed (1) or KHAW 333 Applied Skills (3)
  • HWST 111 Hawaiian ʻOhana (3)
  • HWST 205 Hawaiian Music in Action (2)
  • KHWS 381A Ka Nohona Kaulana Mahina (4) or KHWS 381E Ka Nohona Kaulana Mahina (4)
  • KHWS 496 Hawaiian Studies Seminar (3)

3. Electives (18 credits)

  • 15 semester hours selected from below, at least 9 of which must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Special topics and other courses pertaining to Native Hawaiians or Hawaiʻi also may be counted as electives, if previous permission is obtained from the department chair.
    • ANTH 300 Cultures of Oceania (3)
    • ANTH 310 Contemp Iss in Hawaiian Anth (3)
    • ANTH/ENG/LING 347 Pidgins And Creoles (3)
    • ANTH 357 Change in The Pacific (3)
    • ANTH 358 Japanese Immigrants (3)
    • ANTH 385 Hawn & Pacific Prehistory (3)
    • ANTH 386 Hawaiian Culture Before 1819 (3)
    • ANTH 387 Modern Hawn Cult 1819-Present (3)
    • ANTH 389 Cultural Resource Management (3)
    • ANTH 435 Indig Iss Contemporary Pacific (3)
    • ANTH 470 Museology (3)
    • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
    • ENG 323 The Literature of Hawaiʻi (3)
    • GEOG/PHYS 120 Weather & Climate Hawai'i (3)
    • GEOG 332 Geog Of Hawaiian Islands (3)
    • GEOL 205 Geology Of Hawaiian Islands (3)
    • HWST 175 Intro Music Of Polynesia (3)
    • HWST 176 Hist & Dev Of Hawn Music (3)
    • HWST 181 Indig Leadership thru Hula I (3)
    • HWST 182 Indig Leadership thru Hula II (3)
    • HWST 211 Hawaiian Ethnobotany (3)
    • HWST 213 Hawaiian Ethnozoology (3)
    • HIST 284 History of Hawai'i (3)
    • HIST 316 19th C. Pacific (3)
    • HIST 317 20th C. Pacific (3)
    • HIST 332 Hawaiian Kingdom (3)
    • HIST 333 Twentieth Century Hawai'i (3)
    • KANT 486 Mo'omeheu Hawaiʻi Ku'una (3)
    • KED 343 Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike I (3)
    • KED 344 Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike II (3)
    • KHIS 151 Moaukala Ao Pae I (3)
    • KHIS 152 Moaukala Ao Pae II (3)
    • KHWS 462 Haku Mele (3)
    • KPSY 341 Ulu Ke Keiki (3)
    • KSOC 342 He 'Ohana Lanakila (3)
    • MARE 140 Intro to Hawaiian Coral Reefs (3)
    • MARE 140L Intro Hawaiian Coral Reefs Lab (1)
    • MARE/BIOL 156 Nat Hist & Conservatn Hawn Isl (3)
    • BIOL 156L Nat History Field Trips (1)
    • MARE 171L Marine Biology Laboratory (1)
    • MARE 201L Oceanography Lab (2)
    • MARE 325 Coral Reef Ecology (3)
    • MARE/BIOL 371L Bio Of Marine Invertebrate Lab (1)
    • MARE 372 Biology Of Marine Plants (3)
    • MARE 372L Biology of Marine Plants Lab (1)
    • MARE 488 Kuula: Integrated Science (3)
    • POLS 337 Politic of Hawaii: State/Local (3)
    • SOC 370 Political Economy of Hawaiʻi (3)
  • and 3 semester hours taken from any 300 or 400-level KHAW or KHWS or KED Course

Total Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Hawaiian Studies

120 credits required.

Notes

  1. Students must earn credit for KHAW 490 Base-level Fluency Hawn Med Ed (1) and at least a 2.0 GPA in all other courses required for the major.
  2. At least 45 credits must be earned in courses at the 300- or 400-level.
  3. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  4. Students wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  5. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  6. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.