The M.A. Program

Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of four areas of concentration while also doing substantial course work in one or more other areas. This program of study is designed to provide a broad overview of the changing field of English studies and of the place that each student’s area of interest occupies within that field. The M.A. in English requires 33 credit hours of course work towards the degree, and each concentration has its set of specific requirements. The four concentrations from which the students may choose are:


Recent MA Projects and Theses

Spring 2016

Iolani Antonio

“Ka Waiwai o ka Moʻo: The Transformative Mana of Moʻo ʻŌlelo in Maui Water Battles and Kanaka Maoli Resurgence Movements Toward Ea”

Chair: ho‘omanawanui


Lindsey Appleton

“Unlocking the Tale of the Swan Maiden to Restore the Swan Maiden’s Wings: The Unnatural Migration in the Twenty-First Century of the Non-Normative Swan Maiden Tale to a Heteropatriachal Ending”

Chair: Zuern


Jason Jayaprakash

“Video Games, Rhetoric, and Globalization: Exporting Capitalist Ideology through Play”

Chair: Payne


Alice Kim

“Writing Across the Curriculum and Information Literacy: A Case Study in Business Writing at University of Hawaii at Mānoa”

Chair: Henry


Justin Koelkebeck


Chair: Beutner


Jessie Lathrop

“Grey: An Ecology of Thought ”

Chair: Ryan


Abbey Mayer

“Kyoto Chupacabra”

Chair: Ryan


Lauren Nishimura

“The Fragmented Biographies of Naʻi Aupuni: Colonial Impositions on ʻŌiwi Expressions of Indigeneity and Sovereignty”

Chair: Nordstrom


Crystel Sundberg-Yannell

“The Letters & Work of Nicholas White”

Chair: Beutner


Bryn Villers

“Crash Home into Water”

Chair: Goldsberry


Chase Wiggins

“Coming Home: Forging Cultural and Political Ties through Mo‘olelo, Folklore, and Place-based Praxis in Hawai‘i”

Chair: Fujikane

Fall 2015

Nicole Kurashige

“Becoming Batman: Postmodern Graphic Memoir, Dean Trippe’s ‘Something Terrible,’ and the Subservision of Dominant Narratives of Suffering”

Chair: Howes


Nicole Manuel

“Which is Witch?  Disrupting Binaries of Women in ‘Snow White’ Adaptations”

Chair: Payne


Spring 2015

Joseph Han

“This is the Last Time” (creative writing thesis)

Chair: Ryan


Christie Pang

“Circus-Turned” (creative writing thesis)

Chair: Beutner