Financial Literacy Program
Coordinator: S. Miyashiro
The Financial Literacy Program (FLP) provides tools and solutions to our UH Manoa students equipping them to become responsible and financially independent by better managing their personal finances, improving their economic opportunity and to obtaining a desirable quality of life. FLP offers free workshops, presentations, seminars, resources and interactive activities on a variety of financial topics such as goal setting, personal budgeting, savings, obtaining and managing credit, student loans, investing, retirement, insurance and much more. Our workshops and seminars include practical tips and strategies that students can apply to their personal financial situations. All of our services are available to our UH Manoa community.
Coordinator: K. Van Duser
First-Year Programs ease the transition of new students into the academic and social communities at UH Manoa. First-Year Programs provide the opportunity to develop personal relationships with faculty and other students, enhance active involvement in the educational process, and build connections to UH Manoa. In addition, First-Year Programs familiarize students with the array of resources and programs available at UH Manoa.
Access to College Excellence (ACE)
Tel: (808) 956-8626
Coordinator: K. Van Duser
Access to College Excellence (ACE) learning communities offer a combination of three general education courses and a small group, 1-credit integrating seminar (CAS 110: Integrating Seminar I). Courses are grouped to provide freshmen with an introduction to various academic perspectives while fulfilling graduation requirements. CAS 110 is led by an upperclassman peer mentor who supports freshmen cohorts in their new learning environment. Successful college students themselves, peer mentors assist with the development of successful academic strategies, creation of social and interpersonal networks, and involvement in a variety of campus events. ACE espouses a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to college education. Freshmen who are eager to learn, enthusiastic about making friends while increasing independence, and excited about getting involved will benefit from what ACE has to offer.
Tel: (808) 956-8626
Coordinator: K. Van Duser
Freshman Seminars offers freshmen a variety of courses, which enable them to learn in small class environments (classes are limited to 10 students). The purpose of this program is threefold:
The three credit seminars are mainly, but not limited to, General Education Core classes led by qualified advanced students under the direction of department faculty. These seminars provide valuable learning experiences for both the students taking the class and the students leading the class. Courses vary each semester, but may include: communicology, ethnic studies, library and information systems, political science, religion, and sociology. They are listed in the Registration Guide under each department.
Faculty Administrator: T. Sammons
The General Education Office (GEO) is the administrative support arm of Manoa's faculty-governed General Education (GenEd) Program. GEO staff assist the faculty groups that oversee GenEd by coordinating faculty review of proposed and existing GenEd courses, maintaining records of the GenEd Program, and assisting with faculty development and training efforts.
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Director: V. Gonzalez
The Honors Program provides opportunities for talented and motivated undergraduates to excel in their academic studies. Students complete a challenging enquiry-based curriculum that encourages learning through independent research and creative expression. They enjoy intimate and personalized educational experiences within the setting of a large research university through small classes, dedicated advising, peer mentorship, and faculty-guided projects. The Honors Program encourages critical thinking and excellence in oral and written communication; instills respect for diversity and commitment to social justice; and develops the capacity for civic engagement and leadership. It fosters among its students and faculty a sense of identity and a joy of learning, which it promotes within the university and beyond.
Selected Studies is the lower division component of the Honors Program. It offers both its own Honors courses, conducted in seminar format and specially designated "A Sections," which are small, discussion-based versions of regular departmental offerings. These courses are designed to meet the general education requirements of students in the Honors Program. A full list of Honors (HON) courses is available in the "Courses" section.
A certificate for Sophomore Honors is awarded to students in Selected Studies who complete sufficient credits in Honors courses and who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses and overall. In addition, a special notation is made on the student's transcript.
Admission to Selected Studies is by invitation to high school students with outstanding academic records and aptitude test scores. Others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendation of a high school teacher or counselor. UH Manoa students may also apply in their first year with the recommendation of a university instructor.
Honors degrees are awarded in most disciplines at UH Manoa, but candidates must be enrolled in the UH Manoa Honors Program. Upper Division Honors students take a sequence of 12 credits that culminates in a Senior Honors Project, which is independent thesis research or creative work completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The sequence begins with a Junior Honors Seminar and an upper-division seminar course on research methods. Subsequently, students pursue a two-semester program of independent research for the Senior Honors Project under the supervision of their faculty advisor. The Senior Honors Project is presented or performed at the Fall Forum or the Spring Symposium. The full list of courses is available in the "Courses" section of this Catalog under Honors (HON).
To graduate with Honors, students must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 in both their major and in their senior-junior years. In addition, at least one of these GPAs must be in the top 25% of the graduating class in their college/school. The Honors Council receives written assessments of performance from instructors and thesis supervisors for all coursework in Upper Division Honors, and receives a copy of the Honors Senior Project. Assessing this evidence, the Honors Council decides whether candidates are awarded "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors." Students receive a diploma, their achievement is acknowledged at Commencement, and a notation is made on their transcript.
Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation to those on Deans' lists, but others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendations of instructors and faculty at UH Manoa. Students need at least three semesters to complete the requirements so it is best to apply in the second semester of the sophomore year or early during the junior year.
Director: J. Odin
The objective of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Program is to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a course of study that is not restricted to conventional departmental or unit boundaries. A crucial feature is the advising process, which aims to develop the student's ability to formulate a major equivalent comprised of upper division courses with thematic integrity and continuity. This ensures flexibility in the curriculum while precluding loss of academic substance and rigor. Thus students create their own degree proposals that must draw upon no less than three disciplines in the UH Manoa Catalog in the study of a particular problem or theme, along with specifically designed IS courses.
While the IS program encourages creation of individually-conceived curricula, it also serves to accommodate students in a variety of fields that lack an undergraduate major and are interdisciplinary in nature. These include:
Students interested in these programs should see both the program in Interdisciplinary Studies for an orientation at Krauss Hall 116 and an advisor from the relevant program.
Degree proposals must focus upon the identified academic theme, be made in writing, and be accepted by the interdisciplinary studies faculty before the student enrolls for 21 of the 36 credits required in the major equivalent.
In all cases, IS students must satisfy the UH Manoa degree graduation requirements and General Education Core in order to be eligible for a bachelor's degree. Students must also maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA for the major equivalent courses. These courses may not be taken CR/NC, unless mandatory. Successful candidates earn a bachelor of arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences in the appropriate interdisciplinary program.
Details about admission to the IS program offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and assistance in preparing an individually designed major are available at the program office.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
Director: R. Woodruff
The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) is a developmental education program that provides academic counseling services and assists students in developing learning skills to increase academic success. The LAC assists students in becoming autonomous, confident, and effective learners in order to successfully meet academic standards. It assists students in the ongoing development of academic and affective skills that contribute to positive adjustment and performance in the learning environment. Students can participate in individual or group sessions to become more proficient in managing time, reading, writing, taking notes, taking exams, and to enhance academic motivation. A tutoring program that provides help for courses that students find particularly challenging is available. Initial assessment, counseling and support services for students with learning disabilities are also provided.
Director: M. Makino-Kanehiro
The Manoa Advising Center (MAC) is an advising office for students who have not yet declared a major.
Students with declared majors are referred to appropriate major, school, and college advisors.
MAC is staffed by academic advisors and peer advisors (specially selected and trained upperclassmen).
Coordinator: Nicole Iwasaki
The Manoa Transfer Coordination Center (MTCC) is to help students transfer smoothly from a UH community college to UH Manoa and provide advising support throughout the transfer process, including the Ka'ie'ie Degree Pathway Program.
Transfer advisors can:
Director: J. Henry
The Manoa Writing Program was created by the UH Board of Regents in 1987 to administer General Education writing requirements. Its efforts are guided by a board of seven professors, each from a different department. The faculty board reviews requests to give classes writing-intensive (W) Focus designations, offers faculty workshops on teaching with writing, and surveys students, who must complete five W courses to graduate. Administering over 500 W sections per semester, the Mânoa Writing Program's ultimate goal is to prepare all UH Manoa graduates for the different writing tasks that society and their professions will present to them.
Coordinator: M. Westfall-Senda
Before the spring and fall semesters begin, the Office of Student Life and Development offers New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions for incoming freshman and transfer students as well as their parents and family members. Student sessions have been designed to help prepare incoming students for their first year at UH Manoa by providing important information about campus life and how to access campus resources. Students who attend NSO sessions also learn how to get involved in co-curriculum programs, engage with other new students, and network with current UH Manoa students. Participants in parent sessions learn about the campus, available resources, and current policies to provide support and encouragement to their student during their time at UH Manoa.
The Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) is a walk-in resource center for students interested in law, medicine (allopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic, osteopathic, podiatric), or any of the health sciences (dentistry, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health, veterinary medicine, etc.). PAC advisors help students clarify their career goals, choose a major, plan appropriate coursework, research professional programs, find opportunities to gain experience, and apply to professional programs.
Director: A. Pascua
The Service Learning Program offers UH Manoa students and community agencies the opportunity to participate in a partnership of volunteer service.
The Service Learning Program functions as a clearinghouse. It links UH Manoa students interested in donating their valuable time and experience with volunteer agencies within the community.
Students receive information on the volunteer experience, and agencies have access to enthusiastic, energetic, and skilled student volunteers.
The Service Learning Program serves as the headquarters for Hawai'i/Pacific Islands Campus Compact, a membership organization comprised of presidents and chancellors to promote civic engagement in higher education. Hawai'i/Pacific Islands Campus Compact also provides opportunities for students to become members of Americorps, a federal service program.
1337 Lower Campus Road, PE/A
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-3388
Fax: (808) 956-5042
Department Chair: J. Matsuda
Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS), is the academic support program for student-athletes at UH Manoa. Working closely with instructional faculty, coaches, and campus resources, academic advisors assist students in formulating and meeting their academic goals while participating in intercollegiate athletics. SAAS is conveniently located in the Nagatani Academic Center (NAC), adjacent to the Stan Sheriff Arena in the Athletic Department complex.
SAAS provides orientation programs, academic and athletic advising, and registration assistance. Learning services include peer mentoring, subject tutoring, and small group study sessions.
2425 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-5425
Coordinator: K. Van Duser
The Student Success Center at Sinclair Library offers students a welcoming and convivial place to study and learn and provides them the information and skills they need to be successful in their academic career and beyond. The center provides comfortable seating, is open long hours, permits students to bring their own snacks, all in a space that has nature light and air.
The Student Success Center occupies the first floor of Sinclair Library and provides a place for students to work with librarians, mentors, tutors, advisors, counselors, and/or teachers, to meet their individual needs. At the entrance to the center, the Information Concierge Desk has staff available to assist students in finding the help they need to succeed in their academic work from many departments on campus. In addition, the center hosts a number of partners including the First Year Programs, Honors Program, Writing Center, English 100 Mentoring Program, and the Wong Computer Lab and Digital Media Center where students can find equipment for word processing and production of digital media products. Generous study spaces with electrical power for personal laptop computers are spread throughout the first floor. Group study rooms with media equipment for powerpoint or video presentations are available for student use via online reservation. More details about the center are available at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/ssc/.
Director: M. Yoshimoto
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that provides academic advising and planning, special courses, financial aid advice, graduate and professional school advising, tutoring, mentoring, and academic enrichment activities to program students enrolled at UH Manoa.
Students are selected to participate based on income and financial aid eligibility, whether parents have completed a bachelor's degree, and potential to benefit from program services.
The goal of SSS is to increase college retention, academic success and graduation rates of program participants. For application and other information, please contact SSS Advisors Gary Tachiyama and Barbara Watanabe at (808) 956-8402.
Director: S. Rai
The Study Abroad Center (SAC) collaborates with various UH Manoa academic departments to provide opportunities for students to study, and faculty members to teach and conduct research, in another country. SAC develops, implements, and evaluates UH Manoa study abroad programs. The center provides informational, advisory, and support services to students and faculty concerning international educational opportunities.
SAC programs are offered for a summer term, a semester, or an academic year. The essence of SAC programs is to acquire knowledge through academic work and to develop a cross-cultural understanding through cultural immersion. Students earn UH Manoa credits for course work completed abroad. The courses offered in these study abroad programs may be used to fulfill a student's major, language, general education, graduation, or elective course requirements. Any Study Abroad course may be used as an exemption to fulfill a focus requirement. Students on Study Abroad may use the focus exemption to satisfy an appropriate 3-credit diversification and/or focus requirement. Courses taken overseas will appear on UH Manoa transcripts as UH Manoa courses.
SAC provides faculty members with opportunities to develop courses and publications based upon research and teaching experiences within the global arena. In addition, faculty members who lead study abroad programs have a wide range of responsibilities in their capacity as "in-country" resident directors.
SAC programs and course offerings may vary each academic term.
Semester and Year Programs
SAC offers semester programs in Australia, Denmark, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. The Year-in-Japan program is offered only for a full academic year. Students enrolled in these programs must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. All programs offer several content courses that are taught in English.
SAC summer programs require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours. Course offerings include, but are not limited to, archaeology field schools (Tuscania and Cyprus), architecture and design, environmental sustainability, social sciences, international business, health policy (Copenhagen), Arabic (Seville), business, humanities/social sciences (Paris), Engineering (Lelle), European art and architecture (various locations in Western and Eastern Europe), French (Annecy and Angers), German, business humanities and political science (Berlin), Italian humanities (Florence), Japanese (Kobe), Mandarin (Hainan), Russian (Vladivostok), and Spanish and Latin American film and literature (Mendoza).
Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs
Students can design a study abroad program different from those offered by SAC and receive UH Manoa credits. Such a program may fall under the category of the Self-Designed Study Abroad Program. A Self-Designed Study Abroad Program can be created for countries and/or cities where UH Manoa does not have an existing study abroad program. Students have conducted Self-Designed Study Abroad Programs in Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Ghana, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, and United Arab Emirates.
Study Abroad Internships
Study Abroad internships are available in Florence, London, Paris, and Seville. Internships are carefully planned and each student is placed in a working environment that has been requested and carefully selected according to specific criteria. Internships are generally unpaid. Internship credits will be based on the field of the internship. Internship credits range from 2, 3, 4, or 6 credits in the areas of Academy of Creative Media, Apparel and Product Design and Merchandising, Business, Finance, Human Resources, Management and Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, Social Work, and Travel Industry Management.
SAC programs are designed primarily for undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. UH Manoa Financial Aid is applicable and available to eligible students. Several program specific scholarships are also available. Admission to some intensive language programs require a minimum of one year of language study at the college level. For program brochures, detailed information, and an application, contact SAC or visit the website at www.studyabroad.org.
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The Exploratory Student Initiative will require all exploratory students to select one of seven broad interest areas upon entering UH Manoa. The broad interest areas are as follows: Sciences; Multidisciplinary Studies; Business and Industry; Language Studies; Humanities and Social Sciences; Visual, Creative and Performing Arts; and Exploratory. Students will use the STAR pre-registration system to help guide them into one of the seven broad interest areas and select appropriate courses. Students will complete an assessment examining their values, interests, and career goals. The Exploratory Student Initiative will provide advising, a series of major/occupational workshops and co-curricular opportunities designed to support first-year exploratory students in their declaration of a major and encourage active student engagement within the UH Manoa community.
Supervisors: M. Makino-Kanehiro, R. Mitsunaga, D. Nakaoka, R. O. Bingham
The Manoa Peer Advisors (MPA) program provides peer advisors for advising offices throughout campus. The purpose of MPA is to increase students' access to academic advising, relieve workload for academic advisors, develop valuable skills, and provide role model representatives for UH Manoa. MPAs are selected each spring in a competitive application process to be trained intensively during Summer Session I on UH Manoa General Education requirements, advising practices, the philosophy and techniques of advising, and the resources available to students. Upon successful completion of training, MPAs are matched with advising offices, where they provide advising to fellow students during the academic year.
Coordinators: K. Shiroma and R. Tagalicod
The Manoa Sophomore Experience (MSE) is a commitee dedicated to helping sophomores navigate academic requirements and campus life so they become engaged with the campus community and invested in their college experience. Committee members include faculty and staff from various departments in Student and Academic Affairs, student representatives, and a dedicated peer mentor.
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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