Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Second or Multiple Majors and Minors
Arts and Sciences students are encouraged to consider applying for a second major or a minor or a combination of both. Pursuing additional academic fields of study in the form of a second major, or with the addition of a minor, can benefit students in several ways, including the opportunity to discover relationships across disciplines, develop diverse perspectives, strengthen one’s appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge in more than one academic field and enhance one’s ability to problem-solve and communicate in a variety of settings. Applicants for multiple majors/minors need to:
The Colleges offer minors in over 29 disciplines. Most minors require a minimum of 15 credits of non-introductory and upper division level course work, completed with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
Academic advisers are available to discuss with students the way that a second major or minor can complement the first major and to help students formulate an academic plan so that adding a second major or a minor does not delay graduation unnecessarily.
Post-baccalaureate candidates who wish to pursue a second major rather than a complete second baccalaureate degree should pursue their academic major as an unclassified post-baccalaureate candidate. Upon completion of the second major, the candidate may apply at the major department for a second major.
Priority for admission into any arts and sciences baccalaureate program is given to students seeking their first undergraduate degree. The due date for second undergraduate degree applications is approximately six weeks before the Admissions and Records deadline. Fall applications must be received by Admissions and Records no later than April 15th, and spring applications must be received no later than September 15th. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Complete applications contain all the materials required by Admissions and Records in addition to the following:
Applicants will be given a deadline to submit the academic plan in order to continue the admissions process.
Applications for a second baccalaureate degree will be considered only if there is a demonstrable difference in curricula and objectives between the two degrees and majors and if the applicant has a superior grade point average and shows strong promise of success in the proposed second degree. Second degree students must earn a minimum of 30 credits in arts and sciences subjects at UH Manoa while continuously enrolled in the colleges, and satisfy all degree requirements current at the time of official admission into the program. For more information, see the “Second Bachelor’s Degree” section of this Catalog.
The colleges may approve concurrent multiple baccalaureate degrees for exceptional students. Students should speak with an adviser in the Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services Office for information.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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