Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL)
UH Manoa Graduation Requirements
Knowledge of a second language increases the student’s ability to understand other people; it encourages deeper awareness of the structure of language and its relation to thought, develops sensitivity to other ways of ordering personal experience and social institutions, provides a direct way of comparing another culture to one’s own, and provides greater insight into the workings of one’s native language.
Before graduation, students must show competence at the 202 (or equivalent) level in Hawaiian or a second language by doing one of the following:
(a) Completing a four-semester sequence (usually 101, 102, 201, and 202) in a single language.
(b) Demonstrating competence by taking a UH Manoa exam if one is offered. Check with the language department in question.
(c) Receiving a language-requirement waiver. For example, waivers may be given to students who are native speakers of a language other than English. Contact the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature for details.
The Hawaiian or Second Language requirement has been modified or waived for students in the following schools and colleges: College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene; School of Ocean, Earth Science, and Technology; College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Students in these colleges/schools should consult a college advisor.
Students should be aware that changing their major may change their Hawaiian or Second Language requirement. A list of majors and their respective college/school can be found in the “Degrees” section.
Credits for Previous Language Experience
All students (including native speakers of a language) under the current General Education requirements with experience in a language other than English may earn “back credits.” These students may take any UH course, appropriate to their level, in which there is significant use of that language. (Appropriate level determined by placement exam or advisor; significant use determined by the instructor.) Upon completion of this course, if students earn a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, they will receive between 3-16 back credits.
Back credits may be earned for only one language. The student must take the course for a letter grade (not credit/no credit). Other restrictions also apply. Check with the appropriate language department for details and forms.
Four-semester Sequences Offered in these Languages
Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chamorro, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Latin, Mandarin, Maori, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tahitian, Thai, Tongan, Vietnamese.
Some language courses are not offered regularly and this is noted in the course description section of this Catalog.
Besides the approved courses listed above, American Sign Language also fulfills the language requirement.
Courses in American Sign Language are not offered at UH Manoa, but the
campus will consider students who complete American Sign Language to the
second level of study as having met UH Manoa’s Hawaiian or Second
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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