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UH Manoa Core Requirements

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UH Manoa Graduation Requirements

Focus Requirements

The Focus requirements identify important additional skills and discourses necessary for living and working in diverse communities. Only Focus courses taken after they received official designation can count as meeting the Focus requirement.

Approved Courses

Focus courses are not shown in this Catalog but appear in each semester’s Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage. Because the approved Focus courses may change each semester, students should consult eUH Manoa Registration Homepage’s up-to-date online course listing before they register. Approved Focus courses taken at other UH system campuses are listed at the following website: www.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/academics/articulation_courses.htm.

Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues (H): 1 course

These courses focus on issues in Hawaiian and Asian or Pacific cultures and history; they promote cross-cultural understanding between nations and cultures. Courses fulfilling this requirement are offered in departments across the curriculum. Approved sections are identified in the Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage; offerings vary each semester.

Contemporary Ethical Issues (E): 1 course

These courses involve significant readings on and discussion of contemporary ethical issues; they give students tools for the development of responsible ethical judgments. Courses fulfilling this requirement are offered in departments across the curriculum. Approved sections are identified in the Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage; offerings vary each semester.

Oral Communication (O): 1 course

Students receive training in oral delivery and give individual and group oral reports. Courses fulfilling this requirement are offered in departments across the curriculum. Approved sections are identified in the Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage; offerings vary each semester.

Writing Intensive (W): 5 courses, including 2 numbered 300 and above

Because writing helps students both to learn and to communicate, UH Manoa requires students to take several writing-intensive courses. Small writing-intensive classes, in which instructors work with students on writing related to course topics, are offered in nearly all departments. Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy the Written Communication (FW) requirement before they enroll in writing-intensive courses. Approved sections are identified in the Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage; offerings vary each semester.

Requirements for non-UH Transfer Students

Students who transfer into the UH system have a pro-rated requirement, which is based on the number of non-UH transfer credits accepted by the UH Manoa campus.

  Focus Requirement
Number of accepted credits hours: W H E O
0-36 5* 1 1 1
37-54 4* 1 1 1
55-88 3* 1 1-E or 1-O
89+ 2* 1 0 0

*including at least two “W” courses numbered at the 300- or 400- level.

Requirements for UH Transfer Students

Focus requirements for UH transfer students are determined by the year students enter the UH system and the number of credits that UH Manoa accepts. The following table applies to students who enter UH in Spring 2005 or later. Students who entered UH prior to Spring 2005 should check with a UH Manoa college adviser to determine their Focus requirements.

Students who enter the UH system in Spring 2005 or later must meet the requirements given in the table below. The E and O requirements are reduced, based on the number of UH transfer credit hours accepted. Transfer of E and O credits is not allowed. The W and H requirements are not reduced; students may transfer approved UH courses to help them satisfy the W and H course requirements.

  Focus Requirement
Number of accepted UH credits hours: W* H E O
0-54 5 1 1 1
55-88 5 1 1-E or 1-O
89+ 5 1 0 0

*at least two “W” courses must be numbered at the 300- or 400- level.