Coursework in Khmer at the University of Hawai’i (UH) is offered by the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures and includes four levels of study. Courses on other aspects of Cambodia (such as history, anthropology, archeology, art, art history, historic preservation, economics, environmental studies, peace studies, business, and Asian Studies) are offered by experts on the staff of other UH departments. The Khmer language course at UH is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry.
Coursework in Khmer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) is offered by the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL). It includes four levels of study. The following courses are all taught online, and they are all two-credit courses.
|Course No||Title & Level||Duration|
|CAM103||Conversing in Khmer I (A1)||Aug-Dec|
|CAM104||Conversing in Khmer II (A2)||Jan-May|
|CAM105||Reading/Writing Khmer (A2)||Aug-Dec|
|CAM107||First Year Khmer (A1)||Jan-May|
|CAM203||Cambodian Folktales I (B1)||Aug-Dec|
|CAM204||Cambodian Folktales II (B1)||Aug-Dec|
|CAM205||Second Year Khmer I (B2)||Jan-May|
|CAM206||Second Year Khmer II (B2)||Jan-May|
|CAM305||Third Year Khmer I (B2)||Aug-Dec|
|CAM306||Third Year Khmer II (C1)||Jan-May|
Upon completing 15 credit-hours beyond the intermediate level with a 3.0 GPA in his/her coursework, the student may apply for a Certificate in Khmer.
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and one of the major languages of Southeast Asia. It is spoken by eleven million people in Cambodia and nearly three million more outside Cambodia. It belongs to a family of languages widely distributed in Mainland Southeast Asia and is the idiom of one of the earliest of the great nation-states in the region. As such it is the vehicle of sophisticated forms of architecture, the plastic arts, music, dance, literature and statecraft which are transmitted to Cambodia’s neighbors and which are still admired today. The writing system it employs is a member of the Indic script family, which spread from India into Inner Asia and all of Southeast Asia except Vietnam. Khmer is a non-tonal but has vowel distinctions not found in English; its grammar is uncomplicated, with neither verb conjugations nor noun declensions.