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Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences

A&S degrees and a liberal arts education offer a broad-based and integrated perspective on the world and human experiences; better self-understanding; societal, civic, and global knowledge; an independent and inquiring mind; a desire and capacity for life-long learning; and valuable transferable skills.

Students are encouraged to explore connections between disciplinary fields, engage in co-curricular activities, and develop unique combinations of majors, minors, certificates, and electives.

A&S students must fulfill the following four requirement areas: UH Manoa General Education Core, UH Manoa Graduation, A&S Degree, and A&S Major. Students should refer to their respective "Program Requirement Sheets" on the CASSAS website to assist them in selecting courses that incorporate UH Manoa General Education requirements with A&S requirements.

UH Manoa General Education Core Requirements

A&S students must fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Core, which consists of Foundations and Diversification requirements. Some of the courses that fulfill these Core requirements may be double dipped with other requirements (see “General Education”).

The minimum course grade to fulfill Core requirements is a D (not D-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.

UH Manoa Graduation Requirements

A&S students must fulfill the UH Manoa Graduation requirements, which consist of Focus and Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL), credit, and grade point average (GPA) requirements (see “General Education” and “Undergraduate Education”).

The minimum course grade to fulfill Focus and HSL requirements is a D (not D-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.

BMus students concentrating in voice may fulfill the HSL requirement by completing the first year of study in two languages. This substitution must be approved by the department chair. All other A&S students must meet the stated HSL requirement.

Credits

  • Students must earn a minimum of 120 total applicable credits, of which 45 credits must be upper division (300-level and above) and at least 30 credits must be completed in residence at UH Manoa. Natural Sciences majors should contact CASSAS for exceptions to the upper division credit limit.
  • Students must complete their academic work and apply for a degree in a timely manner (see "Excess Credit Policy").

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students must be earn at least a 2.0 GPA (C average) for all UH Manoa registered credits and must not be on academic action (i.e., not on probation, suspension, dismissal). Some majors or programs have specific GPA requirements (see department's sections).

A&S Degree Requirements

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, each of which has specific requirements as listed below. Courses used to fulfill these requirements can double dip with UH Manoa General Education Core, UH Manoa Graduation, and A&S Major requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), BA-Interdisciplinary Studies (BA-IS)

  • One of the following (these courses may also satisfy the UH Manoa General Education Core "FS" requirement when they are designated as "FS" courses): BUS 250, ICS 141, 241, MATH 100, 112, 140, 161, 203, 215, 241, 251A, NREM 203, PHIL 110, 110A, 111, or SOCS 150

Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Calculus I: MATH 215, 241, or 251A (these courses also satisfy the UH Manoa General Education Core "FS" requirement)
  • Calculus II: MATH 216, 242, or 252A
  • Chemistry: CHEM 161/161L and 162/162L or 171/171L or 181A/181L
  • Physics: PHYS 151/151L and 152/152L or 170/170L and 272/272L
    (These Chemistry and Physics lecture courses also satisfy the UH Manoa General Education Core "DP" requirement. These lab courses also satisfy the UH Manoa General Education Core "DY" requirement.)

Note: Many introductory science and mathematics courses require an assessment examination to determine appropriate placement. Information about assessment exams appears each semester in UH Manoa's Registration Guide or on the website at www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoa/.

A&S Major Requirements

A&S major requirements offer students specialization in an academic field of study and develop liberal arts skills. Major requirements contribute to the ideal liberal arts education, which prepares students for productive lives and careers, enlightened citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Major requirements are explained in each department's sections in this Catalog, in the online Catalog, and on the department's websites.

The minimum course grade to fulfill major requirements is a C (not C-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.

A&S students should meet regularly with both their major advisor at their respective department office and with an A&S college advisor in the Student Academic Services office (QLCSS 113).


REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY BE DOUBLE-DIPPED

This double-dip chart applies only to A&S degrees/majors on a 2002-2003 core year or later.
Requirements Foundations Diversification Hawaiian or Second Language Focus Major* Second Major* Minor Certificate
Foundations -- NO NO NO YES YES NO NO
Diversification NO -- NO YES YES YES NO NO
Hawaiian / Second Language NO NO -- YES NO NO NO NO
Focus NO YES YES -- YES YES YES YES
Major* YES YES NO YES -- NO NO NO
Second Major* YES YES NO YES NO -- NO NO
Minor NO NO NO YES NO NO -- NO
Certificate NO NO NO YES NO NO NO --

* Assume A&S majors