Asian Studies, B.A. | University of Hawaii at Manoa | Honolulu, United States
48 months
33336 USD/year
33336 USD/year
11304 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The undergraduate program in Asian Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa is designed for students desiring a liberal arts education and a broad background in traditional and contemporary Asian cultures.


Choose from a broad background in traditional and contemporary Asian cultures, emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach.

You can take not only Asian Studies courses at University of Hawaii at Manoa, but also other Asia-related courses in other departments: anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, theater and dance, and urban and regional planning.

Learning Objectives

The Asian Studies undergraduate program provides the student with a broad interdisciplinary approach to Asian national and cultures. Upon receiving an area studies degree, the student should have the following skills:

  • Students possess basic skills in at least 1 Asian language. Demonstrate college-level fluency in reading, writing, speaking at basic and intermediate levels.
  • Students can demonstrate a basic understanding of the interrelationship of economy, politics, literature, religion, the arts, history of Asian countries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major themes in Asian history and cultural development.
  • Be able to explain how Asian Studies is constituted in the West.
  • Be able to explain the ways in which global forces have interacted with the Asian regional context in shaping the character and course of societies in Asia today.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Asian Studies: East Asia 
  • Asian Studies: South/Southeast Asia 
  • Chinese Political Economy 
  • Asian Humanities 
  • Contemporary Asian Civilization 
  • (Alpha) Asian Nation Studies 
  • The Way of Tea in Japanese History and Culture 
  • Chado-the Way of Tea Practicum 
  • (Alpha) Japanese Film: Art and History 
  • Chinese Film: Art and History 
  • Geography of Southeast Asia 
  • Buddhist Philosophy 
  • Southeast Asian Literature in Translation 
  • 20th-Century Chinese Women Writers
  • (Alpha) Field Study in Asia 
  • Modern Philippines 
  • Gender and Politics in U.S.-Okinawa Relations 
  • Globalization and Identity in the Himalayas 
  • Contested Issues in Contemporary Japan 
  • Gender Issues in Asian Society 
  • The Pop Pacific: South Korean and Japanese Popular Music and Society
  • Japan Cool: Anime, Manga, and Film 
  • Ethnic Diversity in China 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Freshman Application!
  • Application Fee: $70 U.S.
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement & List of Achievements Form 
  • Official Standardized Test Scores

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16668 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    33336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16668 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5652 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Honolulu

1640 - 2500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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