|Accreditations and Affiliations
All academic programs are reviewed and evaluated regularly by campus and external faculty committees. Some academic programs, because of the nature of the discipline, are accredited also by national organizations. Check with individual academic departments and programs for their accreditation status or affiliation with national or international organizations.
Degrees and Certificates
For a listing of the degree programs offered by the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, see the table on the previous page.
Bachelor's Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), Bachelor of Science (BS)
Master's Degrees: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc), Master of Music (MMus), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
Doctoral Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in various disciplines
In addition to the major concentrations that are part of every bachelor's degree, students may choose to pursue a certificate in an area of personal interest. Certificates signify that a student has completed a defined body of work in a particular department or program. Certificates can be conferred as soon as the student completes the program's requirements. The right to confer certificates has been granted to certain programs and departments by the Board of Regents; some certificates are only for graduate students. Most certificates entail a minimum of 15 credit hours of non-introductory course work (including all upper division courses and those on the 200 level that have college-level course prerequisites), completed with a grade of C or better. Information on specific certificates can be obtained from the appropriate department or program office.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer certificate programs in the following disciplines: clinical psychology (graduate students only), environmental studies, ethnic studies, European languages and literature (Classics, French, German, Russian, and Spanish), Hawaiian, historic preservation (graduate students only), Indo-Pacific languages (Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese), international cultural studies (graduate students only), interpretation (post-baccalaureate certificate), music, Pacific Islands studies (graduate students only), peace studies, planning studies (graduate students only), population studies (graduate students only), public administration (graduate students only), religion (graduate students only), Russian studies, post-baccalaureate second major+, sophomore honors, telecommunication and information resource management (graduate students only), translation (post-baccalaureate certificate), urban and regional planning (graduate students only), and women's studies.
For additional information on the post-baccalaureate certificate for a
second major, see Undergraduate Programs, within this section of
Student Academic Services Office
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8755
Fax: (808) 956-9796
Academic advisers at the colleges' Student Academic Services Office assist students with clarifying academic and career goals, learning about educational options and campus resources, planning a program of study, understanding academic policies and procedures and degree requirements, and assessing their academic progress toward their degrees. Students who are interested in a particular major or who have already declared a major can also meet with an adviser in the appropriate academic department.
From matriculation to graduation, students can take advantage of a range of advising services offered by the Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services office.
See Freshman Advising Center under First Year at Manoa in the "Undergraduate Education" section of the Catalog.
Sophomores who need assistance choosing a major should see an academic adviser or attend a special session designed to help students sort through their options. If they are interested in transferring to another program, they should see an adviser in that office.
Juniors can attend a Junior Matriculation Planning (JUMP) session to assess their academic progress, project a graduation date, and plan their remaining semesters at UH Manoa.
Seniors must attend a Graduation Audit (GRAD) session to review their record, plan their remaining semester(s), and do the necessary paperwork for graduation.
Students can also meet individually with advisers for clarification of requirements and for resolution of complex academic issues and individual concerns.