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A&S Degree and College Requirements

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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
Art and Art History - U Cert, Min, BA, BFA, MA, MFA
Communicology - Min, BA, MA
Creative Media - BA
Dance - Min, BA, BFA, MA, MFA
Historic Preservation - G Cert
History - U Cert, Min, BA, MA, PhD
Islamic Studies - U Cert
Museum Studies - G Cert
Music - Min, BA, BEd, BMus, MA, MMus, PhD
Philosophy - U Cert, Min, BA, MA, PhD
Religion - U Cert, Min, BA, MA
Theatre - Min, BA, MA, MFA, PhD

College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature

Chinese - U Cert, Min, BA9, MA2, PhD2
Classics - U Cert, BA
East Asian Languages and Literatures - MA2, PhD2
English - Min, BA, MA, PhD
Filipino - U Cert6, Min, BA7
French - U Cert, BA, MA3
German - U Cert, BA
Hindi - U Cert6, BA5
Ilokano - U Cert6, Min, BA7
Indonesian - U Cert6, BA5
Indo-Pacific Languages - U Cert6
Japanese - U Cert, Min, BA, MA2, PhD2
Khmer (Cambodian) - U Cert
Korean - U Cert9, Min, BA9, MA2, PhD2
Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas - MA3
Latin America & Iberian Studies - U Cert
Linguistics - BA4, MA, PhD
Philippine Language and Literature - BA7
Russian - U Cert, BA
Samoan - U Cert6, BA5
Sanskrit - U Cert6, BA5
Second Language Studies - BA, MA, G Cert12, PhD
Spanish - U Cert, BA, MA3
Tahitian - U Cert6
Thai - U Cert6, BA5
Vietnamese - U Cert6, BA5

College of Natural Sciences

Astronomy - Min, BA, MS, PhD
Astrophysics - Min, BS
Biochemistry - BA, BS
Biology - Min, BA, BS
Botany - Min, BA, BS, MS1, PhD1
Chemistry - Min, BA, BS, MS, PhD
Computer Science - Min, BS, MS, PhD
Ethnobotany - BS10
Information and Computer Sciences - BA
Library and Information Science - G Cert, MLISc
Marine Biology - BS, MS11, PhD11
Marine Option Program - U Cert
Mathematical Biology - U Cert
Mathematics - Min, BA, BS, MA, PhD
Microbiology - Min, BA, BS, MS, PhD
Molecular Cell Biology - BS
Physics - Min, BA, BS, MS, PhD
Zoology - Min, BA10, BS10, MS, PhD

College of Social Sciences

Anthropology - Min, BA, MA, PhD
Clinical Psychology - G Cert
Communication - BA, MA, G Cert, PhD
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Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance - G Cert
Economics - Min, BA, MA, G Cert, PhD
Ethnic Studies - U Cert, BA
Geography - Min, BA, MA, PhD
Journalism - BA
Ocean Policy - G Cert
Peace Studies - U Cert, BA4, G Cert
Planning Studies - G Cert
Political Science - Min, BA, MA, PhD
Psychology - BA, BS, MA, PhD
Public Administration - G Cert, MPA
Public Affairs and Policy Studies - BA4
Sociology - Min, BA, MA, G Cert, PhD
Telecommunications Information Resource Management - G Cert
Urban and Regional Planning - G Cert, MURP, PhD
Women’s Studies - U Cert, BA, G Cert

1 The MS and PhD in botanical sciences are offered in botany.
2 The MA and PhD in East Asian languages and literatures are offered in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
3 The MA in languages and literatures of Europe and the Americas is offered in French and Spanish.
4 Students can receive a BA in interdisciplinary studies in environmental studies, European cultural studies, Indo-Pacific languages, linguistics, peace studies, and public affairs and policy studies. In addition, students can design their own majors utilizing this program.
5 The BA in interdisciplinary studies for Indo-Pacific languages has several concentrations: Hindi, Indonesian, Samoan, Sanskrit, Thai, and Vietnamese.
6 The Certificate in Indo‑Pacific Languages is offered in Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian, Khmer, Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese.
7 BA in Philippine Language and Literature with concentration in Filipino or Ilokano.
8 The Department of Economics coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Ocean Policy.
9 The Undergraduate Certificate in Korean in East Asian Languages and Literatures and BA in Korean in East Asian Languages and Literatures also has a concentration in Korean for Professionals.
10 There is no admittance to the BA and BS in Zoology degrees effective Spring 2013. There is no admittance to the BS in Ethnobotany degrees effective Fall 2015.
11 The MS and PhD in marine biology are offered in the Marine Biology Graduate Program (College of Natural Science/SOEST).
12The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies has a track in Spanish Applied Linguistics.

BA — bachelor of arts
BFA — bachelor of fine arts
BMus — bachelor of music
BS — bachelor of science
G Cert — graduate certificate
MA — master of arts
MFA — master of fine arts
Min — minor
MLISc — master of library and information science
MMus — master of music
MPA — master of public administration
MS — master of science
MURP — master of urban and regional planning
PhD — doctor of philosophy
U Cert — undergraduate certificate

General Information

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.

Accreditations and Affiliations

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 Awards

The 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 Societies

Honor 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).

Student Organizations

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.

Undergraduate Programs

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

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

  1. Complete the five requirement areas for undergraduate degrees as described in the following section and remain in good academic standing (see “UH Manoa Graduation Requirements” under “GPA”).
  2. File for graduation one to three semesters in advance by following the instructions provided by the relevant advising office.
  3. Pay the UH Manoa diploma fee in order to receive a diploma.