Coordinator: C. Kirk-Kuwaye
New Student Programs offers New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions for first-time college students and Transition Seminars for transfer students before the regular semesters. These programs assist students as they transition to college from high school or to their new college campus by providing information about academics, campus resources, and student and campus life, as well as providing opportunities to meet other new students and network with current UH Manoa students. During the summer, special sessions for parents, families, and friends of new students are offered. For information on New Student Orientation, Transfer Seminars, and parent/family programs, please call or go to the website.
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Coordinator: M. Makino
The Manoa Advising Center (MAC) serves two primary functions.
MAC is staffed by academic advisors and peer advisors (specially selected
and trained upperclassmen).
Coordinator: L. Takeuchi
First-Year Programs ease the transition of new students into the academic and social communities at UH Manoa. First-Year Programs provide the opportunity to develop personal relationships with faculty and other students, enhance active involvement in the educational process, and build connections to the university. In addition, First-Year Programs familiarize students with the array of resources and programs available at UH Manoa.
Access to College Excellence (ACE)
Tel: (808) 956-8626
Coordinator: L. Takeuchi
Access to College Excellence (ACE) learning communities offer a combination of three general education courses and a small group, 1-credit integrating seminar (CAS 110: Access to the College Community). Courses are grouped to provide freshmen with an introduction to various academic perspectives while fulfilling graduation requirements. CAS 110 is led by an upperclassman peer mentor who supports freshmen cohorts in their new learning environment. Successful college students themselves, peer mentors assist with the development of successful academic strategies, creation of social and interpersonal networks, and involvement in a variety of campus events. ACE espouses a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to college education. Freshmen who are eager to learn, enthusiastic about making friends while increasing independence, and excited about getting involved will benefit from what ACE has to offer.
Tel: (808) 956-8626
Coordinator: L. Takeuchi
Freshman Seminars offers freshmen a variety of courses, which enable them to learn in small class environments (classes are limited to 10 students). The purpose of this program is threefold:
The three credit seminars are mainly–but not limited to–General Education Core classes led by qualified advanced students under the direction of department faculty. These seminars provide valuable learning experiences for both the students taking the class and the students leading the class. Courses vary each semester, but may include: art, ethnic studies, geology and geophysics, LIS, political science, religion, sociology, and speech. They are listed in the Schedule of Classes/UH Manoa Registration Homepage under each department.
Coordinator: R. O. Bingham
The Health and Law Professions Advising Center, or PAC, is a walk-in resource center for students interested in law, medicine (allopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic, osteopathic), or any of the health sciences (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, podiatry, veterinary medicine, etc.). PAC peer mentors and academic advisors help students clarify their career goals, choose a major, plan appropriate coursework, research professional programs, find opportunities to gain experience, and apply to schools.
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Director: J. Goss
The Honors Program provides opportunities for talented and motivated undergraduates to excel in their academic studies. Students complete a challenging enquiry-based curriculum that encourages learning through independent research and creative expression. They enjoy intimate and personalized educational experiences within the setting of a large research university through small classes, dedicated advising, peer mentorship and faculty-guided projects. The Honors Program encourages critical thinking and excellence in oral and written communication; it instills respect for diversity and commitment to social justice; and it develops the capacity for civic engagement and leadership. It fosters among its students and faculty a sense of identity and a joy of learning, which it promotes within the university and beyond.
Selected StudiesSelected Studies is the lower division component of the Honors Program. It offers both its own Honors courses, conducted exclusively in seminar format, and specially designated “A Sections,” which are small, discussion-based versions of regular departmental offerings. These courses are designed to meet the general education requirements of students in the Honors Program. A full list of courses is available in the “Courses” section of this Catalog under Honors (HON).
A certificate for Sophomore Honors is awarded to students in Selected Studies who complete sufficient credits in Honors courses and who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses and overall. In addition, a special notation is made on the student’s transcript.
Admission to Selected Studies is by invitation to high school students with outstanding academic records and aptitude test scores. Others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendation of a high school teacher or counselor. UH Manoa students may also apply in their first year with the recommendation of a university instructor.
Honors degrees are awarded in most disciplines at UH Manoa, but candidates must be enrolled in the UH Manoa Honors Program. Upper Division Honors students take a sequence of 12 credits that culminates in a Senior Honors Project, which is independent thesis research or creative work completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The sequence begins with a Junior Honors Seminar and an upper-division seminar course on research methods. Subsequently, students pursue a two-semester program of independent research for the Senior Honors Project under the supervision of their faculty advisor. The Senior Honors Project is presented or performed at the Honors Forum or the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The full list of courses is available in the “Courses” section of this Catalog under Honors (HON).
To graduate with Honors, students must complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in both their major and in their senior-junior years. In addition, at least one of these GPAs must be in the top 25% of the graduating class in their college. The Honors Council receives written assessments of performance from instructors and thesis supervisors for all coursework in Upper Division Honors, and it receives a copy of the Honors Senior Project. Assessing this evidence, the Honors Council decides whether candidates are awarded “Honors,” “High Honors,” or “Highest Honors.” Students receive a diploma, their achievement is acknowledged at Commencement, and a notation is made on their transcript.
Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation to those on Deans’ lists, but others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendations of instructors and faculty at UH Manoa. Students need at least three semesters to complete the requirements so it is best to apply in the second semester of the sophomore year or early during the junior year.
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Director: R. Woodruff
The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) is a developmental education program that provides academic counseling services and assists students in developing learning skills to increase academic success. The LAC assists students in becoming autonomous, confident and effective learners in order to successfully meet academic standards. It assists students in the ongoing development of academic and affective skills that contribute to positive adjustment and performance in the learning environment. Students can participate in individual or group sessions to become more proficient in managing time, reading, writing, taking notes, taking exams, and to enhance academic motivation. A tutoring program that provides healp for courses that students find particularly challenging is available. Initial assessment, counseling and support services for students with learning disabilities are also provided.
Director: A. Pascua
The Service Learning Program offers UH Manoa students and community agencies the opportunity to participate in a partnership of volunteer service.
The Service Learning Program functions as a clearinghouse. It links UH Manoa students interested in donating their valuable time and experience with volunteer agencies within the community.
Students receive information on the volunteer experience, and agencies have access to enthusiastic, energetic, and skilled student volunteers.
The Service Learning Program serves as the headquarters for Hawai‘i/Pacific Islands Campus Compact, a membership organization comprised of presidents and chancellors to promote civic engagement in higher education. Hawai‘i/Pacific Islands Campus Compact also provides opportunities for students to become members of Americorps, a federal service program.
Nagatani Academic Center
Department Chair: J. Matsuda
Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS), is the academic support program for student-athletes at UH Manoa. Working closely with instructional faculty, coaches and campus resources, academic advisors assist students in formulating and meeting their academic goals while participating in intercollegiate athletics. SAAS is conveniently located in the Nagatani Academic Center (NAC), adjacent to the Stan Sheriff Arena in the Athletic Department complex.
SAAS provides the following support services: academic advising, orientation programs, and registration assistance; learning services; mentoring program; subject tutoring; study sessions; and the Ikaika Program.
Director: M. Yoshimoto
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program providing academic advising and planning, tutoring, mentoring, academic enrichment activities and grant aid to program students enrolled at UH Manoa. Students are selected for participation based on income and financial aid eligibility and whether parents have completed a bachelor’s degree. The goal of SSS is to increase college retention, academic success and graduation rates of program participants. For application or other information, please contact SSS Advisors Gary Tachiyama and Barbara Watanabe at 956-8402.
Director: S. Rai
The Study Abroad Center (SAC) collaborates with various UH Manoa academic departments to provide opportunities for students to study, and faculty members to teach and conduct research, in another country. SAC develops, implements, and evaluates UH Manoa study abroad programs. In addition, the Center provides informational, advisory, and support services to students and faculty members concerning international educational opportunities.
SAC programs are offered for a summer term, a semester, or an academic year. The essence of SAC programs is to acquire knowledge through academic work and to develop a cross-cultural understanding through cultural immersion. Students earn UH Manoa credits for course work completed abroad. The courses offered in these study abroad programs may be used to fulfill a student’s major, language, general education, graduation, or elective course requirements. Any Study Abroad course may be used as the “wild card” option. Students on Study Abroad may use the wild card to satisfy an appropriate 3-credit diversification and/or focus requirement. Courses taken overseas will appear on UH Manoa transcripts as UH Manoa courses.
SAC provides faculty members with opportunities to develop courses and publications based upon research and teaching experiences within the global arena. In addition, faculty members who lead study abroad programs have a wide range of responsibilities in their capacity as “in-country” resident directors.
SAC programs and course offerings may vary each academic term.
Semester and Year Programs
SAC offers semester programs in Australia, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. The Year-in-Japan program is offered only for a full academic year. Students enrolled in these programs must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. All programs offer several content courses that are taught in English. Each fall term, the Japan and China Executive MBA Internships are offered under the aegis of the Study Abroad Center.
SAC summer programs require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours. Course offerings include, but are not limited to, archaeology field schools (Rapa Nui), architecture and design social sciences, international business (Copenhagen), dance and gender studies (Buenos Aires), humanities/social sciences (Paris), business economics (various locations in Asia), environmental science (Tahiti), European art and architecture (various locations in Western and Eastern Europe), French (Annecy and Angers), German humanities and political science (Berlin), Italian (Florence), Japanese (Kobe), Mandarin (Hainan), Russian (Vladivostok), social sciences (Summer at Sea in the South Pacific), and Spanish (Mendoza).
Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs
Students can design a study abroad program different from those offered by SAC and receive UH Manoa credits. Such a program may fall under the category of the Self-Designed Study Abroad Program. A Self-Designed Study Abroad Program can be created for countries and/or cities where UH Manoa does not have an existing study abroad program. Students have conducted Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs in Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Greece, Ghana, Guadalajara, India, Israel, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Salamanca, Shanghai, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Vietnam.
Study Abroad Internships
Study Abroad internships are available in Florence, London, and Sydney. Internships are carefully planned and each student is placed in a working environment that has been requested and carefully selected according to specific criteria. Internships are generally unpaid. Internship credits will be based on the field of the internship. Internship credits range from 2, 3, 4, or 6 credits in the areas of Academy of Creative Media, Business, Management and Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Real Estate, Travel Industry Management, Social Work, and Apparel and Product Design and Merchandising.
SAC programs are designed primarily for undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. UH Manoa Financial Aid is applicable and available to eligible students. Admission to some intensive language programs require a minimum of one year of language study at the college level. For program brochures, detailed information, and an application, contact the Study Abroad Center.
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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