Colleges of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
College of Natural Sciences
College of Social Sciences
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, minors, and certificate programs in the following areas. Changes in programs and degrees approved after December 2017 may not be reflected in this listing.
Field - Degree or Certificate
College of Arts & Humanities
American Studies - Min, BA, MA, PhD
College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature
Chinese - U Cert, Min, BA9, MA2, PhD2
College of Natural Sciences
Astronomy - Min, BA, MS, PhD
College of Social Sciences
Anthropology - Min, BA, MA, PhD
1 The MS and PhD in botanical sciences are offered in botany.
BA — bachelor of arts
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences (A&S) consist of four colleges that offer an integrated curriculum leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, minors, and certificates in their respective colleges. Each college includes an administrative unit, an advising unit, and a number of academic departments and programs. Information about the individual A&S colleges follows this shared introduction.
The primary mission of UH Manoa and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences is an excellent education, providing students with a comprehensive learning experience in a vibrant academic climate.
UH Manoa undergraduates take many of their first UH Manoa courses in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences as they undertake the General Education Core curriculum that is part of all bachelor degrees offered on the campus. This liberal arts curriculum stresses the integration of knowledge to enhance students’ understanding of life, the human condition, and the world in which we live. The curriculum also entails critical thinking, which enables students to evaluate arguments, ideas, and theories, and to develop creative and meaningful applications of what they learn. The curriculum gives students the tools of inquiry, enabling them first to identify important questions and then to seek, analyze, and interpret possible answers to issues of their lives, world, and universe. The curriculum also provides opportunities to develop students’ artistic and creative imaginations and their oral and written communication skills so that they can effectively present their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Since values guide human actions, the curriculum allows students to examine their own values and learn about those of others in order to help students understand themselves and others around the world.
Students who earn their degrees in one of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences will find that an ideal education, based in the liberal arts, prepares students for productive lives and careers, enlightened citizenship, and lifelong learning. The colleges enhance students’ learning opportunities by promoting active participation.
All academic programs are reviewed and evaluated regularly by campus and external faculty committees. Some academic programs, because of the nature of the discipline, are also accredited or certified by national organizations. Check with individual academic departments and programs for their accreditation status or affiliation with national or international organizations.
Scholarships and AwardsThe Colleges of Arts and Sciences and their departments provide scholarships and awards to exceptional students. For a selective list of scholarships, see “Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid” If you wish specific information on prizes or scholarships offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, contact the appropriate department.
A&S Honor SocietiesHonor societies in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences include Golden Key National Honour Society (undergraduate), Lambda Delta (freshmen), Mortar Board (seniors), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences), Phi Eta Sigma (freshmen), and Phi Kappa Phi (general scholarship).
Societies and clubs associated with many departments within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences give students opportunities to explore a field from an informal perspective, get acquainted with other students with similar interests, and learn of the options available upon graduation. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences highly recommend active student involvement in these associations for the academic and professional enhancements they provide. Check with your major department’s advisor for information.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in 56 different majors. In addition, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer 30 minors and 44 different certificates. Detailed program information is available from departments and advising offices.
Throughout their time at UH Manoa, A&S students should meet with both their college and major advisors to discuss their educational plans.
Students interested in an A&S major should declare their major no later than the end of their sophomore year by submitting a Declaration of Major form to the appropriate advising office. Some majors, such as those in the performing arts, languages, and the sciences, should be declared as soon as possible, preferably during the freshman year, because they require courses that must be taken in a specific order. Information on specific majors, minors, and certificates is available through the respective academic departments and their websites.
Admission requirements for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences are the same as those for UH Manoa. Some majors and programs, however, have specific admission requirements (see departments’ sections).
Steps to Graduation
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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