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Second or Multiple Majors and Minors

A&S students are encouraged to consider applying for a second major or a minor or a combination of both. Pursuing additional academic fields of study in the form of a second major, or with the addition of a minor, can benefit students in several ways, including the opportunity to discover relationships across disciplines, develop diverse perspectives, strengthen one's appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge in more than one academic field and enhance one's ability to problem-solve and communicate in a variety of settings. Applicants for multiple majors/minors need to:

  • be enrolled as a classified Arts and Sciences student,
  • be in good academic standing,
  • be seeking majors under one degree program (i.e., BA/psychology and communicology, or BS/physics and mathematics),
  • be able to complete degree requirements within the maximum total credits as specified by UH Manoa's excess credit policy (see “Undergraduate Education”),

The Colleges offer minors in 27 disciplines. Most minors require a minimum of 15 credits of non-introductory and upper division level course work, completed with a grade of C (not C-) or better.

Academic advisors are available to discuss with students the way that a second major or minor can complement the first major to help students formulate an academic plan so that adding a second major or a minor does not delay graduation unnecessarily.

Holders of a first baccalaureate degree who wish to pursue a second major rather than a complete second baccalaureate degree should pursue their academic major as an unclassified post-baccalaureate candidate. Students interested in pursuing the post baccalaureate second major option should meet with the undergraduate advisor in the second major in order to request permission to pursue a post baccalaureate second major and to identify the major requirements they need to fulfill. During a student's last semester, a "Colleges of Arts and Sciences Graduation Worksheet Major Requirements" (goldenrod) form must be submitted to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

Priority for admission into any Arts and Sciences baccalaureate program is given to students seeking their first undergraduate degree. Applications must be received by the Office of Admissions by the established deadlines.

All applicants must meet admissions requirements for the degree program to which they are applying. Applications for a second baccalaureate degree will be considered only if there is a demonstrable difference in curricula and objectives between the two degrees and majors. Course work used towards a major/minor/certificate in the first degree cannot be used to satisfy major/minor/certificate requirements in the second degree, unless specific courses are required in the second degree. Second degree students must earn a minimum of 30 credits in courses taken at UH Manoa upon admission as a second baccalaureate degree candidate while continuously enrolled in the colleges, and must satisfy all program requirements current at the time of official admission into the program. For more information, see the Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services website, www.advising.hawaii.edu/artsci.

The colleges may approve concurrent multiple baccalaureate degrees for exceptional students. Students should speak with an advisor in the Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services office for further information.