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 accredited also
by national organizations. Check with individual academic departments
and programs for their accreditation status or affiliation with national
or international organizations.
Degrees and Certificates
For a listing of the degree programs offered by the
Colleges of Arts and Sciences, see the table on the previous page.
Bachelors Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA),
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), Bachelor of
Masters Degrees: Master of Arts (MA), Master
of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc),
Master of Music (MMus), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of
Science (MS), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
Doctoral Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
degrees in various disciplines
Minors and Certificate Programs:
In addition to the major concentrations that are part
of every bachelors degree, students may choose to pursue a minor or a
certificate in an area of personal interest. Minors and certificates
signify that a student has completed a defined body of work in a
particular department or program. Certificates can be conferred as soon
as the student completes the programs requirements; minors are
conferred only when the student is completing an undergraduate degree.
The right to confer certificates has been granted to certain programs
and departments by the Board of Regents; some certificates are only for
graduate students. Minors, like most certificates, entail a minimum of
15 credit hours of non-introductory course work (including all upper
division courses and those on the 200 level that have college-level
course prerequisites), completed with a grade of C or better.
Information on specific minors and certificates can be obtained from the
appropriate department or program office.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer minors in the
following disciplines: American studies, art, botany, chemistry,
computer sciences, dance, economics, geography, Hawaiian (immersion
education), history, mathematics, microbiology, music, philosophy,
physics, political science, religion, speech, theatre, and zoology.
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer certificate
programs in the following disciplines: clinical psychology (graduate
students only), environ-mental studies, ethnic studies, European
languages and literature (Classics, French, German, Russian, and
Spanish), Hawaiian, historic preservation (graduate students only),
Indo-Pacific languages (Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Ilokano, Indonesian,
Samoan, Sanskrit, Tahitian, Thai, and Vietnamese), interpretation
(post-baccalaureate certificate), music, Pacific Islands studies
(graduate students only), peace studies, planning studies (graduate
students only), population studies (graduate students only), public
administration (graduate students only), religion (graduate students
only), Russian studies, post-baccalaureate second major, sophomore
honors, telecommunication and information resource management (graduate
students only), translation (post-baccalaureate certificate), urban and
regional planning (graduate students only), and womens studies.
Student Academic Services Office
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8755
Fax: (808) 956-9796
Academic advisers at the colleges Student Academic
Services Office assist students with clarifying academic and career
goals, learning about educational options and campus resources, planning
a program of study, understanding academic policies and procedures and
degree requirements, and assessing their academic progress toward their
degrees. Students who are interested in a particular major or who have
already declared a major can also meet with an adviser in the
appropriate academic department.
From matriculation to graduation, students can take
advantage of a range of advising services offered by the Arts and
Sciences Student Academic Services office.
Freshmen can sign up for the Access to College
Excellence (ACE) program. Students in this program are grouped according
to their academic interests. The members of each small group take
several classes together. They meet weekly with an upper-division
student mentor who provides information on academic and support services
and leads discussions relevant to the academic interests of the group.
The group also participates in extracurricular activities that enhance
the first-year experience.
The Freshman Advising Center (FAC) is another valuable
resource. Freshmen can drop by Hawaii 13 to meet with a peer mentor
or academic adviser. At the FAC, freshmen can obtain information about
degree requirements, course selection, registration, and choosing a
major. Peer mentors share college success strategies and refer freshmen
to appropriate campus resources.
Sophomores who need assistance choosing a major should
see an academic adviser or attend a special session designed to help
students sort through their options. If they are interested in
transferring to another program, they should see an adviser in that
Juniors can attend a Junior Matriculation Planning
(JUMP) session to assess their academic progress, project a graduation
date, and plan their remaining semesters at UH Manoa.
Seniors must attend a Graduation Audit (GRAD) session
to review their record, plan their remaining semester(s), and do the
necessary paperwork for graduation. Students can also meet individually
with advisers for clarification of requirements and for resolution of
complex issues and individual concerns.
For additional information on the
post-baccalaureate certificate for a second major, see Undergraduate
Programs, within this section of the Catalog.