Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences
A&S degrees and a liberal arts education offer a broad-based and integrated perspective on the world and human experiences; better self-understanding; societal, civic, and global knowledge; an independent and inquiring mind; a desire and capacity for life-long learning; and valuable transferable skills.
Students are encouraged to explore connections between disciplinary fields, engage in co-curricular activities, and develop unique combinations of majors, minors, certificates, and electives.
A&S students must fulfill the following four requirement areas: UH Manoa General Education Core, UH Manoa Graduation, A&S Degree, and A&S Major. Students should refer to their respective "Program Requirement Sheets" on the CASSAS website to assist them in selecting courses that incorporate UH Manoa General Education requirements with A&S requirements.
A&S students must fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Core, which consists of Foundations and Diversification requirements. Some of the courses that fulfill these Core requirements may be double dipped with other requirements (see “General Education”).
The minimum course grade to fulfill Core requirements is a D (not D-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.
A&S students must fulfill the UH Manoa Graduation requirements, which consist of Focus and Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL), credit, and grade point average (GPA) requirements (see “General Education” and “Undergraduate Education”).
The minimum course grade to fulfill Focus and HSL requirements is a D (not D-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.
BMus students concentrating in voice may fulfill the HSL requirement by completing the first year of study in two languages. This substitution must be approved by the department chair. All other A&S students must meet the stated HSL requirement.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Practicum courses: 12 credits
*A&S students can take as many credits in these areas as they would like, but only credits up to these maximums apply to the total 120 credits needed for graduation.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus),
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), BA-Interdisciplinary Studies (BA-IS)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Note: Many introductory science and mathematics courses require an assessment examination to determine appropriate placement. Information about assessment exams appears each semester in UH Manoa's Registration Guide or on the website at www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoa/.
A&S major requirements offer students specialization in an academic field of study and develop liberal arts skills. Major requirements contribute to the ideal liberal arts education, which prepares students for productive lives and careers, enlightened citizenship, and lifelong learning.
Major requirements are explained in each department's sections in this Catalog, in the online Catalog, and on the department's websites.
The minimum course grade to fulfill major requirements is a C (not C-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.
A&S students should meet regularly with both their major advisor at their respective department office and with an A&S college advisor in the Student Academic Services office (QLCSS 113).
* Assume A&S majors
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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