Colleges of Arts and Sciences
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 five areas of requirements: UH Manoa General Education Core; UH Manoa Graduation; A&S Degree; A&S College; and A&S Major. Students should refer to their respective "Bachelor Degree Program Sheets" and "Sample Four Year Academic Plans" on the OVCAA bachelor degree program sheets website (www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/) when selecting courses and making plans.
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.
A&S students must fulfill the UH Manoa Graduation requirements, which consist of Focus, Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL), credit, and grade point average (GPA) requirements (see “General 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 years of two different languages. This substitution must be approved by the department chair. All other A&S students must meet the stated HSL requirement
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The Colleges of Arts and Sciences offer Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus),
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus), BA-Interdisciplinary Studies (BA-IS)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
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 further develop liberal arts skills and offer students specialization in an academic field of study. 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 the department sections in this Catalog, and on department 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 their advisor to ensure their progress and graduate on time.
* Assume A&S majors
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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