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Hawaiian Studies (BA)

Hours - 47 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2017
Last Revised 6/25/2020

Program Requirements


Hawaiian Studies Required Courses — 32 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
HWST 101 Introduction to Hawaiian Studies F, W, S 3.0
HWST 275 Mo'olelo: Hawaiian Histories W 3.0
HWST 301 Contemporary Hawaii F 3.0
HAWN 201 Ke Kahua o ka ‘Olelo- Kau Mua- The Foundation Part I F 4.0
HAWN 202 Ke Kahua o ka ‘Olelo- Kau Hope- The Foundation Part II W 4.0
HAWN 301 Ho’okukulu ‘Olelo- Kau Mua - The Building Part I F 3.0
HAWN 302 Ho’okukulu ‘ Olelo-Kau Hope -The Building Part II W 3.0
HWST 312 Malama ‘Aina-Land Responsibility F, W, S 3.0


Arts —One of the following courses:

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
HWST 285R Hawaiian Material and Literary Topics Variable 3.0
HWST 380 Malama Waʻa – Sea Responsibility Variable 3.0


Capstone — One of the following courses:

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
HWST 399R Internship in Hawaiian Studies F, W, S 3.0
HWST 490 Senior Seminar F, W, S 3.0


Electives — 15 Credits

Not previously used above

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
ANTH 210 Contemporary Pacific F 3.0
BIOL 204/L Pacific Natural History/Lab
*Lab and lecture to be taken concurrently
S 4.0
GEOG 471 Geography of the Pacific S 3.0
HAWN 225 Ho’oikaika Kama’ ilio -Traditional Oratorical Styles S 3.0
HAWN 335 Ho’oikaika Kakau - Strength in the Language S 3.0
HAWN 401 Ho’opa’a Kauhuhu-Kau Mua -The Ridge Pole Part I F 3.0
HAWN 402 Ho’opa’a Kauhuhu-Kau Hope -The Ridge Pole Part II W 3.0
HWST 285R Hawaiian Material and Literary Topics Variable 3.0
HWST 380 Malama Wa'a – Sea Responsibility Variable 3.0
HWST 390R Special Topics in Hawaiian Studies Variable 3.0
HWST 461 Pana Hawai'i: Legendary Places of Hawai'i S 3.0
HIST 365 Hawaiian History I-Pre-Western Contact to Kamehameha V F 3.0
HIST 366 Hawaiian History II-Elected Monarchs, Overthrow, Restoration W 3.0
HUM 301 Cultures of Oceania W 3.0
POSC 322 Oceanic Governments and Politics W 3.0
POSC 386 Pacific Regionalism and Conflict F 3.0
REL 345 Church History in the Pacific Variable 2.0


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


Program Outcomes:

Upon completing a major in Hawaiian 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).