Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Pre-professional students, i.e., students who plan to pursue careers such as Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Social Work, etc., often need extra course work and preparation and should seek academic advising as early as possible.
For almost all professional schools, a liberal arts education such as that offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences provides an essential foundation. Some professional schools admit undergraduate students in transfer; others require that students complete a baccalaureate degree before being admitted. Most professional schools also have specific prerequisites that students must complete before applying.
Pre-professional students should consult both the recommendations set by the appropriate national organization and the specific prerequisites of the professional schools they hope to attend.
Students interested in health and law careers should visit the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC), a walk-in resource center located in QLCSS 101. PAC is staffed by trained peer advisors who assist students in clarifying career goals, choosing a major, planning appropriate course work, finding opportunities to gain experience, and applying to schools.
Information regarding graduate programs and admission is in the “Graduate Education” section of the Catalog. Each department also includes information in its description about their specific program(s). Check specific departments for program requirements.
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 departmental advisor for information.
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.
Honor societies at UH Manoa in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences include Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology), Beta Phi Mu (library science), Delta Phi Alpha (German), Golden Key National Honor Society (undergraduate), Kappa Tau Alpha (journalism), Lambda Delta (freshmen), Mortar Board (seniors), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences), Phi Eta Sigma (freshmen), Phi Kappa Phi (general scholarship), Pi Delta Phi (French), Pi Kappa Lambda (music), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), Psi Chi (psychology), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), and Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society (sciences).
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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