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Pacific Island Studies Minor

Hours - 15 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2021
Last Revision 9/19/2022
Holokai Category: Arts & Humanities
Sponsoring Program: Pacific Island Studies
Faculty Unit Assignment: Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts

Program Requirements

Core Requirement — 3 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisite
PAIS 105 Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies F, W, S 3.0

Humanities Electives (Choose one) — 3 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisite
ENGL 342 Pacific Literatures W 3.0 ENGL 251 or ENGL 315 or HUM 251
HIST 250 History of Eastern Oceania W-even 3.0
HIST 252 History of Western Oceania W-odd 3.0
HIST 362 History of the Pacific S 3.0
HUM 301 Culture of Oceania W 3.0
PAIS 300 Framing the Cultures of Oceania F, W, S 3.0 PAIS 105
PAIS 390R Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (when topic is humanities orientated) Variable 3.0

Social Science Electives (Choose one) — 3 Credits

Course Number Title Semester Offered Credit Hours Prerequisite
ANTH 210 Contemporary Pacific F 3.0
ANTH 385 Archaeology and Oceania F 3.0 ANTH 105 or PAIS 105
GEOG 471 Geography of the Pacific W 3.0
POSC 322 Oceanic Governments and Politics W 3.0
HWST 301 Contemporary Hawaii F 3.0 HWST 101
PAIS 375 Environmental Issues and Resource Management W, S 3.0 PAIS 105
PAIS 390R Special Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (when topic is social sciences oriented) Variable 3.0

Open Electives — 6 Credits

(Choose six additional elective hours from any of the above Humanities or Social Science courses, or from the following)

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit hours Prerequisite
BIOL 204/L Pacific Natural History/Lab S 4.0 BIOL 113
HIST 365 Hawaiian History I F 3.0
HIST 366 Hawaiian History II W 3.0
HIST 367 Cultural History of Surfing S 3.0
HWST 312 Malama ‘Aina – Land Responsibility F, W, S 3.0
HWST 380 Malama Wa’a – Sea Responsibility Variable 3.0 HWST 101, 312 or permission of instructor
LANG 200/300 SAMN, TONG, MAOR, HAWN Variable 3.0
MUSC 242R Polynesian Music Ensemble Variable 1.0
OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science F, W, S 3.0 Any college-level natural science course of CHEM, BIOL, PHYS, PHSC, GEOL, or ASTR
PAIS 250 Polynesian Dancing and Performance F, W, S 3.0
PAIS 275 Pacific Woodcarving F, W, S 3.0
REL 345 Church History in the Pacific Variable 2.0
WLNG 200/300 World Languages (Pacific languages only) Variable 3.0

Additional Program Requirements

All passing grades will be accepted in fulfilling minor or certificate requirements.

Program Learning 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 relation 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).