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UH Manoa Core Requirements

Foundations Requirements

Diversification Requirements

UH Manoa Graduation Requirements

Focus Requirements

Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL)

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Undergraduate General Education Requirements

To graduate from UH Manoa, a student must satisfy General Education requirements, requirements of the student’s college or school, and requirements of the student’s specific academic major. (Consulting his or her college/school advising office can help a student select courses that simultaneously satisfy more than one requirement.) This section of the Catalog describes the UH Manoa General Education requirements:

  1. Foundations
  2. Diversification
  3. Focus
  4. Hawaiian or second-language competence

Foundations and Diversification together are UH Manoa Core requirements. Focus and Hawaiian or Second Language together are UH Manoa Special Graduation requirements. Students who transfer to UH Manoa with an AA from another UH system school are considered to have fulfilled UH Manoa Core (Foundations and Diversification) requirements.

A grade of D (not D-) or higher is required for a course to fulfill General Education requirements. The Credit/No Credit option is not allowed for any course taken to fulfill a General Education requirement, with the exception of those courses offered only for CR/NC. (See “Grades” for additional information.)

  1. General Education Core and Graduation requirements
  2. College or School requirements (e.g., Colleges of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing)
  3. Major requirements (e.g., family resources, accounting)

This section describes the General Education Core and Graduation requirements. Before registering, students should check the specific requirements for the college/school and major of their choice. With careful planning, the student may be able to select courses that simultaneously satisfy more than one requirement.