The Department of Pacific Islands Studies offers a range of courses for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, students are encouraged to explore many of the Pacific-focused courses offered across the Mānoa campus by our affiliate faculty or by other academic departments.
For a full listing of UH Mānoa course descriptions, please visit the 2018–2019 Course Description Index.
CPIS Undergraduate Courses
Pacific Worlds: An Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies (3)
Introduces students to the geography, societies, histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and arts of Oceania, including Hawai‘i. Combines lectures and discussion that emphasize Pacific Islander perspectives and experiences. DS
Islands of Globalization (3)
Combined lecture and service-learning activities. Examines the nature and impact of globalization on Pacific Island societies, viewed from the perspective of Islanders who engage with global forces and processes and create strategies to survive. Prerequisite: either PACS108 or HWST 107, or consent. DS
Pacific Islands Movement and Migration (3)
Combined lecture and service-learning activities. Examines the diaspora of Pacific Islanders. Includes a service-learning activity examining cultural, political, and economic status of groups of Pacific Islanders living in other Pacific places. Prerequisite: either PACS 108 or HWST 107, or consent. DS
Arts in Oceania–An Introduction (3)
Practical and theoretical study of arts in Oceania in relevant cultural contexts. Repeatable one time. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, 202, or consent. (Fall only) DH
Pacific Communities in Hawai‘i (3)
Examines Pacific Islander communities’ experiences in Hawai‘i through service learning, reading, writing, lecture, and discussion. Concerns about housing, employment, education, health, language, and culture are central. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, 202, or consent. DS
Contemporary Issues in Oceania (3)
Combined lecture and discussion. Examines critical political, social, and economic issues in the Pacific Islands region today. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, 202, or consent. DS
Thinking through Pacific Arts, Ritual, and Performance (3)
Lecture, discussion, and workshop series surveys arts, ritual, and performance practices throughout the Pacific. Engaging with Pacific traditions of thought and with creative approaches to research, students also return findings to Pacific communities. Repeatable one time. Sophomore standing or higher. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, 202, 301, or 302.
Literature of the Pacific (3)
Basic concepts and representative texts for the study of the literature of the Pacific, including Pacific voyagers and contemporary writings in English by Pacific Islanders. Prerequisite: one ENG DL course or consent. (Cross-listed as ENG 371) DL
Directed Research (V)
Repeatable up to 12 credits.
Senior Capstone (3)
Capstone for Pacific Islands Studies students to engage in intensive collaborative research with a Pacific Islander community in Hawai‘i, culminating in a research paper and public presentation. PACS majors only. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, or 202, and either 301 or 302.
Drama and Theatre of Oceania (3)
Survey of the contemporary drama and theatre of Oceania that combines island and Western traditions. Includes Papua New Guinea, Hawai‘i, Fiji, Sāmoa, Australia, New Zealand. Prerequisite: ANTH 350 or THEA 101, or consent. (Cross-listed as THEA 462) DH
Studies in Pacific Literature (3 credits)
Intensive study of selected questions, issues, traditions, writers, movements, or genres in the field of Pacific literature. Repeatable one time. Prerequisite: ENG 320 and one other 300-level ENG course. (Cross-listed as ENG 474) DL
Topics in Pacific Islands Studies (3)
Repeatable two times. Prerequisite: PACS 201, 202, 301, or 302, or consent. DS
Moving Images in the Pacific Islands (3)
Critically examines indigenous and foreign representations of the Pacific Islands and is designed to make film a central focus of inquiry for students interested in the contemporary Pacific. Repeatable one time. Prerequisite: PACS 108, 201, 202, 301, 302, or 303.
Culture and Consumption in Oceania (3)
Lecture on changing patterns of consumption in Oceania, and the historical, political, cultural, artistic, and economic forces shaping such practices. Prerequisite: upper division standing, or consent.
Encountering Tourism in Asian-Pacific Societies (3)
A critical examination of a wide spectrum of issues relating to the evolution and current impact of tourism on contemporary Asian and Pacific Islands societies. Topics include colonial antecedents, social impacts, cultural and environmental concerns, and case studies (including Hawai‘i). (Cross-listed as ASAN 495) DS
Learning Oceania (3)
Graduate seminar. Introduction to the nature and origins of Pacific studies as an organized field of study. Epistemological, conceptual, political, and ethical issues facing students of the region today. Co-requisite: PACS 602.
Re/Presenting Oceania: Pacific and American Perspectives (3)
Graduate seminar. Critical analysis of the way physical, social, and cultural aspects of Oceania have been represented in scholarly and popular media. Co-requisite: PACS 601.
Researching Oceania: Creative and Conventional Methods of Inquiry (3)
Graduate seminar. Literacy, theory, and method in the creation of an MA research project. Prerequisite: 601 and 602.
Women in Oceania (3)
Will look at feminist theory, ethnography, culture, activism, and globalization in the context of writing, research, and film on or by women in Oceania. Prerequisite: consent.
Graduate Seminar: Change in the Pacific (3)
Interrelationship of change in selected Pacific Islands regions, institutions, and processes. Repeatable two times. Prerequisite: consent.
Directed Reading and Research (V)
Repeatable unlimited times.
Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)
Enrollment for degree completion. Prerequisite: MA Plan B or C candidacy and consent.
Master’s Portfolio Project (V)
Independent study for students working on MA portfolio projects. A grade of satisfactory (S) is assigned when the project is satisfactorily completed. Repeatable one time. Prerequisite: graduate standing in PACS.
Thesis Research (V)
Repeatable unlimited times.