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Pacific Island Studies (BA)

Hours - 42 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2017
Last Revised 7/22/2020

Program Requirements


Required Core — 18 Credits

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours
PAIS 101 Oceanic Perspective: Academic and Career Development F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 105 Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 300 Framing the Cultures of Oceania F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 375 Environmental Issues and Resource Management W, S 3.0
PAIS 495R
or PAIS 496R
or PAIS 399R
Senior Tutorial or
Student Research or
Internship in Pacific Islands Studies
F, W, S 3.0
LANG 200/300
or WLNG 201R/445R
or PAIS 390R
SAMN/TONG/MAOR/HAWN or
WORLD LANG (Pacific Languages Only) or
Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies
Variable 3.0 - 4.0
3.0 - 4.0
1.0 - 3.0


Category 1 Humanities — 9 Credits

Select 3 Courses

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours
ENGL 342 Pacific Literatures W 3.0
HUM 301 Culture of Oceania W 3.0
HIST 250 or History of Eastern Oceania or W-even years 3.0
HIST 252 History of Western Oceania W-odd years 3.0
HIST 362 History of the Pacific S 3.0


Category 2 Social Sciences — 9 Credits

Select 3 Courses

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours
ANTH 210 Contemporary Pacific F 3.0
GEOG 471 Geography of the Pacific S 3.0
POSC 322 Oceanic Governments and Politics W 3.0
HWST 301 Contemporary Hawaii F 3.0


Electives — 6 Credits

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours
HWST 312 Malama ‘Aina—Land Responsibility F, W, S 3.0
HWST 380 Malama Wa’a – Sea Responsibility Variable 3.0
HWST 285R-3 Hawaiian Literary Topics-La’au Lapa’au and Lomi Lomi Variable 3.0
REL 345 Church History in the Pacific Variable 2.0
BIOL 204/L Pacific Natural History/Lab S 4.0
OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 250 Polynesian Dance and Performance F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 275 Pacific Wood Carving F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 390R Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies Variable 3.0


No grade lower than a C- is allowed within the major requirements.


Program Outcomes:

Upon completing a major in Pacific Islands Studies, students will:

  • Demonstrate greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands in relationship to the wider and sometimes more complicated global community.
  • Learn skills in research, writing, critical thinking, listening and retention to assist in problem solving.
  • Work towards full competency in speaking, reading, writing, and doing research in the Hawaiian Language plus service to the community.
  • Enter graduate school or find employment within one year of graduation.
  • Complete a successful, integrative internship and under supervision, function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems, and seek necessary organizational change (for students completing a major in Pacific Island Studies).