UH Manoa Core Requirements
UH Manoa Graduation Requirements
UH Manoa Core Requirements
1. Foundations Requirement: 12 credits
The Foundations requirements are intended to give students skills and perspectives that are fundamental to undertaking higher education. Students complete the Foundations requirements during their first year at UH Manoa. Courses taken to fulfill the Foundations requirements may not be used to fulfill Diversification or Focus requirements.
Written Communication courses introduce students to the rhetorical, conceptual, and stylistic demands of writing at the college level; courses give instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and composing from sources. Courses also provide students with experiences in the library and on the internet and enhance their skills in accessing and using various types of primary and secondary materials.
To enroll in a course that meets the Written Communication requirement, students must first determine their course eligibility by visiting www.hawaii.edu/gened/foundations_fulfillFW.htm. Non-native speakers of English should visit www.hawaii.edu/eli or contact the English Language Institute at (808) 956-8610, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can satisfy the FW requirement by earning specified Advanced Placement examination scores. (See www.manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/pdf/AP.pdf for details.) Students may also be able to satisfy this requirement through submission of a collection of writing. For eligibility criteria and other information, visit www.hawaii.edu/gened/foundations_FWcollection.htm or contact the General Education Office at (808) 956-6660, email@example.com.
Symbolic Reasoning courses expose students to the beauty and power of formal systems, as well as to their clarity and precision; courses do not focus solely on computational skills. Students learn the concept of proof as a chain of inferences. They learn to apply formal rules or algorithms, engage in hypothetical reasoning, and traverse a bridge between theory and practice. In addition, students develop the ability to use appropriate symbolic techniques in the context of problem solving and to present and critically evaluate evidence.
* Course has a prerequisite.
Global and Multicultural Perspectives courses provide thematic treatments of global processes and cross-cultural interactions from a variety of perspectives. Students will gain a sense of human development from prehistory to modern times through consideration of narratives and artifacts from diverse cultures. At least one component of each of these courses will involve the indigenous cultures of Hawai'i, the Pacific, or Asia.
To satisfy this requirement, students must take a total of six credits; the six credits must come from two different groups.
Group A (FGA; courses cover the time period prehistory to 1500)
Group B (FGB; courses cover the time period 1500 to modern times)
Group C (FGC; courses cover the time period prehistory to modern times)
For Non-UH System Transfer Students Only
Students who transfer from a non-UH System school with one or more western civilization courses will be required to take only three credits of Global and Multicultural Perspectives. If the course or courses that they have taken are time-period specific, the credits that they take at UH Manoa must cover a different time period.
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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