Tahitian at UH Mānoa

The Program:
The Tahitian language program at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM) falls under the auspices of the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL).

Located in the Mānoa Valley on the island of O`ahu, UHM is probably the only university in the English-speaking world which offers a four-year comprehensive course in any of the languages of French Polynesia.

Language Requirement for Arts & Science Students
At UHM, Tahitian also fulfills the second language requirement for students of the College of Arts and Sciences. All students are required to complete four semesters of Hawaiian or a second language, which can be done by successful completion of TAHT 103, 104, 203, and 204.

Certificate in Tahitian
Currently, students at UHM may receive a certificate in Tahitian language from IPLL. A certificate is different from a “minor in Tahitian” only inasmuch as one need not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program to complete it. In other words, those who already have degrees may earn certificates from the University without the need for a major.

Requirements
15 credit hours beyond the intermediate level including:
6 credit hours in continued language study at the 300+ level
9 credit hours in language, literature, or other courses related to Tahiti

A 3.0 GPA in courses leading to the certificate is required.

B.A. in Tahitian?
IPLL does not currently offer a bachelor’s degree in the Tahitian language or Tahitian studies, however, either may be sought through UHM’s Interdisciplinary Studies program. Following the Interdisciplinary Studies guidelines, one may construct a 36-credit major drawing on the upper level language courses offered by IPLL. The other 24 credits would come from directed or independent study, seminars, other departments at the University, or transfer credits from places like the Université de la Polynésie Française. For more information, contact IPLL or the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Be an Exchange Student in Tahiti!
Students interested in French Polynesia are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) and spend a semester or year abroad at the Université de la Polynésie Française (UPF) where they can experience the vibrancy of Tahitian culture firsthand and come in contact with the other cultures of French Polynesia. Students pay UHM tuition and fees, but the courses appear as transfer credits on their transcripts. For more information, please visit the website of Mānoa International Exchange. Also visit the website of the Université de la Polynésie Française. Courses undertaken at UPF will generally be taught in French, therefore fluency is a prerequisite.


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