Academic Year Starts at the
beginning of the fall semester, ends at the close of the spring
semester; does not include summer sessions.
Accreditation Official certification by an
external academic organization that a college, school, or academic unit
meets minimum requirements for academic achievement, curriculum,
Add Period Time at the beginning of each
semester during which registered students may enroll in additional
Articulated General Education Courses UH system
courses reviewed by the System-wide Articulation Standing Committees and
accepted by campus core/curriculum committees as meeting undergraduate
requirements at one or more system campuses.
Auditors Regularly admitted students who
register, with the consent of the instructor, for informational
instruction only and who receive no credit. They do not take course
examinations and the extent of their classroom participation is at the
instructor’s discretion. Auditors are generally not allowed in art
studio, laboratory science, mathematics, elementary and intermediate
Hawaiian and foreign languages, creative writing, English composition,
physical education, speech and other performance courses or in classes
where they might displace credit students. Audit courses are entered on
the student’s transcripts with a grade of L and are subject to regular
tuition and fee charges.
Bachelor’s Degree Undergraduate degree
signifying successful completion of the Manoa General Education Core,
major, elective, and credit requirements of the University and of an
Backtracking Completion of a lower-level or
prerequisite course after (or while) taking an advanced course.
Additional credit and grade points are not awarded for lower-level
courses if they are taken after or concurrently with the advanced course
for which they are explicitly or implicitly prerequisites.
Classified Students (Graduate) Students
admitted by the Graduate Division to a program that offers a graduate
certificate, or a master’s or doctoral degree.
Classified Students (Undergraduate) Students
who intend to earn an undergraduate degree and/or are admitted into a
degree-granting college or school such as Architecture, Arts and
Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, etc.
Community Colleges Campuses within the
University of Hawai‘i system that usually offer lower division courses
and grant two-year degrees and certificates.
Conditional Students (Graduate) Students
admitted to graduate programs on the condition that they make up
academic deficiencies or other requirements within a prescribed period
Continuing Students For registration purposes,
those who were registered for the previous semester (fall or spring),
are in good standing, have not completely withdrawn, have not graduated
in their current classification, and intend to register for the upcoming
Co-requisite A course which must be taken in
conjunction with and at the same time as another course. Co-requisites
are indicated in the course descriptions.
Core Requirements See General Education Core.
Credit Overload (Graduate) For classified
graduate students, registration for more than 16 credits (9 credits for
graduate assistants) in any one semester. Permission from the graduate
dean is required.
Credit Overload (Undergraduate) Registration
for more than 19 UH Manoa credit hours in any one semester for
undergraduate and professional diploma students. Permission from the
appropriate college/school dean is required. The request for credit
overload is processed during late registration only.
Credits (or Semester Credit Hours) Earned after
successful completion (pass) of a course. If students fail a course,
they have only attempted (but not earned) the credits for the course.
Three semester credits are approximately equivalent to three 50-minute
meeting periods per week in a 15-week semester.
Cross-Listed Courses Courses whose contents are
identical and are jointly offered by more than one department. Although
the departments and course numbers are different--for example, AMST 354
and MUS 370--these courses are the same.
Curriculum All the courses of study offered by
the University. May also refer to a particular course of study (major)
and the courses in that area.
Discipline A branch of knowledge or teaching.
Typically refers to an area of study or a major field.
Double Major Multiple majors falling under one
degree will normally be approved for students who show promise of
success in both, provided there is sufficient divergence between the
majors. No one course may be used to satisfy more than one major
Drop Period Time at the beginning of each
semester during which registered students may drop unwanted courses and
not have them appear on their transcripts.
Early-Admits Academically superior and
accomplished youths under 18 years of age who are continuing high school
students admitted to the University to take specific courses for which
they are qualified.
Electives Courses not designated as part of the
General Education Core, college/school, or major requirements. Students
should consult their major advisers and college advisers to discuss the
selection of electives.
Emeriti Faculty Recognition, designation, and
privileges given by the UH Board of Regents to faculty members who have
retired but still retain ties to the University.
Excess Credit Policy (Undergraduate) Students
who, by the end of any semester, have earned 24 credit hours beyond
those required for graduation and have fulfilled all specific program
and University requirements may graduate by action of their college or
Foreign or Hawaiian Language Requirement
(Undergraduate) Successful completion of second-level study (i.e.,
through 202 or equivalent) of Hawaiian or an approved foreign language
for students who entered the UH system in fall 1989 or later. Successful
completion of first-level study (i.e., through 102 or equivalent) of
Hawaiian or an approved foreign language for students who entered the UH
system in fall 1988 or spring 1989.
Freshmen Students who have earned fewer than 25
semester credit hours.
Full-Time Students For academic purposes,
undergraduates carrying 12 or more credits per semester or graduates
carrying 8 or more credits.
General Education Core Specified courses in
liberal arts and related areas required for the bachelor’s degree and
usually completed in the first two years of undergraduate study.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Determined by first
multiplying the number of credits for each course taken for a letter
grade by the points earned for that course (i.e., A is 4 points, B is 3,
C is 2, D is 1, and F is 0), then by adding all the points, and finally
by dividing total grade points by the total number of credits attempted
for courses in which letter grades were given.
Graduate Assistants Graduate students hired by
the University as teaching or research assistants.
Graduate Courses Courses offered as part of a
graduate degree program, numbered 600-800.
Graduate Faculty Members of the University
community eligible to advise classified graduate students.
Graduate Students Students admitted to the
Graduate Division to pursue advanced degrees.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) A
standardized test required for admission to many graduate fields of
Incomplete Grades With the instructor’s
approval, students may receive a grade of I if they are unable to
complete a small, but important part of a course’s requirements by
semester’s end but are committed to doing so by a specified deadline.
Introductory Courses All 100-level courses and
those 200-level courses without explicit college course prerequisites.
Juniors Students who have earned 55-88 semester
Liberal Studies An undergraduate program within
the Colleges of Arts and Sciences that allows students to design their
Lower Division Courses Freshman- and
sophomore-level courses that generally do not require any prerequisite
courses and are numbered 100-299.
Major The area of academic concentration or
specialization in which the degree is conferred.
Maximum Registration No more than 19 credit
hours per semester for undergraduate and professional diploma students
without special approval from a college dean. Graduate students are
limited to 16 credit hours per semester (9 for graduate assistants)
unless special approval is given.
Minor Limited concentration of courses in an
area other than the major and relating to an approved baccalaureate
Non-introductory Courses Upper division courses
numbered 300 or above or 200-level courses that have explicit college
Part-Time Students For academic purposes,
undergraduates carrying fewer than 12 credits per semester, or graduates
carrying fewer than 8 credits per semester.
Placement Examinations Noncredit tests used to
measure a student’s proficiency in a specific subject area in order to
determine the appropriate level of courses in which to enroll.
Post-baccalaureate Unclassified Students Those
who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited
college or university and wish to enroll as unclassified students.
Pre-professional Programs Programs designed to
prepare students to pursue admission into professional programs, such as
dentistry, law, medicine, or veterinary medicine.
Prerequisite A necessary condition for
enrollment in a course. Prerequisites for courses usually consist of a
previous course or courses in a related subject and/or the
instructor’s consent. Prerequisites are specified in the course
Residence This word is used in several ways in
this Catalog: (1) to denote registration in a regular session
(i.e., when a student is “in residence” during the fall or spring
semesters); (2) to denote the period of time that a student must be
registered at UH Manoa in order to be eligible for graduation (i.e.,
academic residence); (3) to denote a student’s state of residence
(e.g., Hawai‘i) to determine if nonresident tuition must be paid
(i.e., legal residence); (4) to indicate the student’s place of
residence (i.e., living quarters).
Residents Individuals at any level of
post-graduate medical education in a program accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Returning Students Students resuming studies
after staying out of school for one semester or longer.
Sabbatical A leave of absence granted to
University faculty members for research, professional improvement, etc.
Seniors Students who have earned 89 or more
semester credit hours.
Sophomores Students who have earned 25-54
semester credit hours.
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language,
required of students whose first language is not English.
Transcript Official record of courses and
grades earned at a secondary or postsecondary institution.
Transfer Students Students admitted to UH Manoa
who have previously attended another college or university.
Tuition Waiver An exemption from the
requirement to pay University tuition. Waivers awarded by the University
can range from partial to full waivers and do not include student fees.
UH System The state of Hawai‘i’s
postsecondary education system, comprised of 10 campuses and other
research and learning facilities throughout the islands. In addition to
UH Manoa, it includes UH Hilo, UH West O‘ahu, and the seven campuses
of the UH Community Colleges.
Unclassified Students Students who have not
been accepted into a degree or certificate program but who have been
admitted into Outreach College and may enroll in regular credit courses
and graduate courses with the permission of the instructor.
Undergraduate Students Students who have not
earned a bachelor’s degree.
Upper Division Courses Junior- and senior-level
courses, numbered 300-499, which generally have prerequisites.
Variable Credit Courses Courses in which the
number of credits to be earned is determined in advance by the student
Withdrawal Grades Grades of W are given for
courses from which the student has officially withdrawn with the
approval of the instructor and the student’s college dean. Withdrawals
are only approved until the end of the ninth week.
Writing-Intensive Courses Courses that put
emphasis on written work as part of the regular course of study and are
officially designed as “WI” sections. WI sections are identified in
each semester’s Schedule of Classes.