The Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures offers regular instruction in Hawaiian and the following South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific island languages: Arabic, Cambodian, Chamorro, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Maori (beginning Summer 2002), Samoan, Sanskrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai and Vietnamese. Other languages of the regions are taught depending on student demand and faculty availability. The department's course offerings in the languages of this region of the world are more extensive than that of any other university in the United States.
With the exception of Hawaiian and Filipino, degrees are offered in Indo-Pacific languages only through the Liberal Studies Program. Beginning Fall 2002, a B.A. in Filipino language and literature will be offered. Certificates are offered in Hawaiian, Burmese, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanksrit, Filipino, Tahitian, Thai, or Vietnamese. While not every language lists upper division offerings, instruction through the fourth level is available in some languages offered through directed third- and fourth-level language study. The department also teaches several survey courses on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the regions.
A major function of the department is to support the university's interdisciplinary programs on Asia and the Pacific and Asia/Pacific specializations within the various academic departments. Three years of language study is required for the bachelor's degree in Hawaiian studies and the master's degree in South and Southeast Asian studies. The Pacific islands master's degree program requires two years of study of an indigenous or administrative language. Aside from these interdisciplinary programs, the department supports the advanced degree programs in the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Theatre and Dance, and Women's Studies all of which have extensive course offerings on Asia and the Pacific and which may require training in an Indo-Pacific language depending on the student's focus.
The department currently has regular, full-time faculty members and part-time faculty and lecturers.
Selectors for South and Southeast Asia, and the Philippines, Pacific, and Hawaiian collections
select materials for this department. See Collection Development Policies of the Hawaiian and
Pacific Collections for details as follows.
Cooperative and exchange agreements exist with most of the countries of the Pacific, South Asia and Southeast Asia and are an important acquisition source for otherwise hard-to-acquire materials.
The countries of Asia and the Pacific islands are the source of most acquisitions. The South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP) and the Cooperative Acquisitions Program for Southeast Asia (CAPSEA) are the major sources of acquisitions from South and Southeast Asia. The Blackwell Approval Plan plays a small role in the acquisition of materials from these countries.
Compiler: Rohayati Barnard (Southeast Asia Specialist)
Monica Ghosh (South Asia Specialist)
Alice Mak (Philippines Specialist)