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Student Academic Services Office
QLCSS 113
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8755
Fax: (808) 956-9796

Web: www.advising.hawaii.edu/artsci/

Within the context of a liberal arts education, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services (CASSAS) assists students to clarify their life and career goals, develop meaningful educational plans, and prepare for productive lives, enlightened citizenship, and life-long learning.

Students at UH Manoa have an exceptional amount of freedom in crafting their college experience. Students are able to explore connections between fields, engage in co-curricular activities, and develop unique combinations of majors, minors, and certificates. Students are expected to be active partners in the advising process by initiating contact with both an advisor in their major department and CASSAS and should come to all advising sessions prepared. For more information, see the Advising Handbook available on the CASSAS website.

CASSAS has developed learning outcomes for Arts and Sciences majors based on current programs and services. The level of achievement for each of these outcomes becomes increasingly more complex throughout a student's college career. As an active participant in the CASSAS advising partnership:

  • Throughout their academic career, students can identify and explain their interests, strengths, values, and career/life goals.
  • Students can develop and implement an academic and educational plan.
  • Students understand how the A&S degree prepares them for success in their personal, academic, and professional lives.

Besides meeting all mandatory advising initiatives required by their major departments, declared Arts and Sciences majors should take advantage of the range of advising services offered by CASSAS throughout their time at UH Manoa. Students can also meet with advisors for clarification of degree requirements and for resolution of complex academic issues and individual concerns.

Incoming Students and Freshmen

Through group advising at New Student Orientation and individual appointments during their first year, new students will have the opportunity to begin the educational planning process with CASSAS advisors. Freshmen should also meet with an advisor in their major department (see department listing).

Sophomores

Sophomores should continue to seek the advice of both major advisors and advisors in CASSAS in order to clarify their goals, interests, and strengths. Students should reflect upon their academic and co-curricular activities to ensure that they have chosen the appropriate major and are making progress toward graduation. The educational planning begun in their first year should continue and, if possible, include curricular and co-curricular courses and events established on a timeline.

Juniors

Juniors should research the prerequisites for their future academic and/or professional lives (i.e., application materials, essential skills). Juniors should prepare for graduation by completing an Online Grad session to create an educational plan that reflects remaining course work and activities applicable toward their degree and future goals.

Seniors

Seniors should refine their educational plan to account for all academic and co-curricular components necessary for graduation. Students should be able to reflect on the meaning of their undergraduate education in the context of their goals, interests and strengths. Seniors should use this understanding to identify and take concrete steps towards planning for post-graduation life.