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Undergraduate Education

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

UH Manoa offers a number of undergraduate certificate programs, some of which are interdisciplinary. Certificates require a minimum of 15 credit hours of specified courses and a 2.5 GPA in those courses.

Undergraduate certificate programs are listed in the "Degrees, Minors, and Certificates" section.

Bachelor’s Degree


Institutional learning objectives include both academic and co-curricular learning and are listed on page 25. The baccalaureate academic program provides the student with a coherent undergraduate education that includes a comprehensive set of integrated learning opportunities. There are five basic components (listed below). Students can see the five components and requirements on bachelor degree program sheets at


There are five basic components to baccalaureate degree programs: (a) the General Education Core requirements (i.e., Foundations and Diversification); (b) the General Education graduation requirements (i.e., Hawaiian/Second Language, Focus, and credit requirements); (c) degree requirements; (d) individual college/school requirements; and (e) an academic specialization comprising a major; as well as electives that complement the other requirements.

General Education Requirements. The General Education requirements are based on the conviction that an educated person has access to a shared body of knowledge; a comprehension of the major divisions of learning; and an understanding of the commonality in our ways of thinking, of experiencing self, and of acquiring new knowledge and skills. The common body of knowledge focuses broadly on heritage; values; political, economic, and social life; and a relationship with nature. Its study requires critical reading and listening, careful judgment, and clear exposition. The common thread in general education is the interconnectedness of human knowledge. See the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section for more information.

Graduation Requirements. See the “Focus” and “Hawaiian or Second Language” parts of the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section.

Degree Requirements. Some programs have degree-specific requirements, such as course requirements that distinguish a Bachelor of Arts from a Bachelor of Science.

College or School Requirements. Colleges/schools may specify which General Education courses should be taken to meet their requirements. They may also have additional requirements. Students should refer to specific college/school sections for more information.

Major or Academic Specialization Requirements. The major consists of a specific number of credit hours and required courses in a particular field or discipline and related courses in other subjects that are associated with and contribute to that discipline. Students must satisfy the requirements for the selected major and, if applicable, the minor or concentration selected. Detailed information can be found in the appropriate major or academic specialization sections. Students may also consult the bachelor degree program sheets at

Minor Requirements. Some departments offer a minor, which is a set of courses that relate to an approved baccalaureate degree. A minor course of study consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours of non-introductory work (i.e., upper division courses and 200-level courses that have a college-level prerequisite) that is completed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. Minors are listed in the “Degrees, Minors, and Certificates” section.

Multiple Undergraduate Majors/Degrees

Students may pursue simultaneous multiple undergraduate majors or degrees in one or more colleges/schools at UH Manoa. Approval must be granted by all of the colleges/schools involved. Students requesting approval should submit an academic plan and/or written justification.

Multiple undergraduate major and degree requirements are subject to the following:

  1. Students pursuing multiple majors or degrees must complete all five components listed above for each school or college involved.
  2. Shared General Education Core requirements, General Education graduation requirements, degree requirements, and college requirements may count towards multiple majors/degrees.
  3. The same course(s) may not be used to satisfy major requirements of multiple programs unless the same specific course is a shared requirement.
  4. Students must complete at least 15 credits of each of the multiple majors and degrees at UH Manoa.
  5. The decision to admit students into multiple undergraduate major or degree programs is at the discretion of the colleges/schools involved.

For additional information and to request approval to pursue multiple majors or degrees students should consult their academic advisor.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants for a second bachelor’s degree must meet admission and graduation requirements of UH Manoa, the college/school and the academic specialization. Students seeking their first bachelor’s degree have priority for admission and registration. Admitted students should confer with their academic advisors about graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements and Policies


Progress Toward the Bachelor’s Degree

Students are expected to complete their academic work and apply for a degree in a timely manner (see “Excess Credit Policy”). The department or program in which the student is pursuing a degree may decide that certain courses required for the major that were taken in the past must be retaken. Courses that are declared outdated for the major will still count toward the General Education Core if they meet core requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor in their major field of study for details.

Residency Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence (i.e., taking credit courses or their equivalent by examination) at UH Manoa. However, meeting the residency requirements does not necessarily mean that degree requirements have been met; the latter are determined by individual colleges/schools.

A degree candidate must be registered and in attendance during the semester (or summer session) he or she completes the requirements for his or her degree, unless permission has been given for graduation in absentia by the appropriate college/school dean.

Application for Degree

An application for graduation must be obtained at the student academic services office of the appropriate college/school. This must be done by the deadlines specified in the “Calendar.”

Academic Honors


Dean’s List

Undergraduate students are awarded the Dean’s List distinction if they: (1) earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher based on 12 credits or more taken for a grade, and (2) do not receive grades of W, I, F, or NC for that semester. The grades used for calculation of grade point average will be those earned by a date determined by the Office of the Registrar. Colleges/schools may establish independent criteria for the award of Dean’s List distinction with the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Graduating with Honors

Honors degrees are granted only to participants in the UH Manoa Honors Program.

Graduating with Distinction

Graduating seniors who have completed 30 or more credit hours of work at UH Manoa with the following cumulative GPA are eligible for graduation with distinction as noted:

3.5 to 3.74 cum laude
3.75 to 3.9 magna cum laude
over 3.9 summa cum laude

Graduation with distinction is subject to the following stipulations:

  1. The 30 or more credit hours from UH Manoa must come from courses carrying grade points (this excludes CR/NC);
  2. The cumulative GPA for graduating with distinction is calculated on the total college work (which encompasses academic work at UH Manoa and all other colleges and universities, if any). This academic work includes both transferrable and nontransferrable credits carrying grade points but excludes CR/NC or other non-letter grade options such as pass/fail; and
  3. Candidates for second degrees are not eligible.

The appropriate designations will be recorded on the diploma and transcripts.

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society in Medicine
Beta Alpha Psi, National Accounting Honor Society
Beta Gamma Sigma, National Business Honor Society
Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society
Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society
Delta Omega, National Honor Society for Public Health
Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society
Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality Management Honor Society
Gamma Kappa Alpha, National Honor Society for Italian
Gamma Sigma Delta, National Agriculture and Human Resources Honor Society
Gold Humanism Honor Society, Medical Honor Society
Golden Key International Honour Society, International Undergraduate Honor Society
Japanese National Honor Society
Kappa Tau Alpha, National Journalism Honor Society
Lambda Delta, Freshmen Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta, National Honor Society for Communication
Mortar Board, Senior Honor Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sophomore Honor Society
Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society in Economics
Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society in History
Phi Beta Kappa, National Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society
Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Home Economics Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society
Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society
Pi Lambda Theta, National Education Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
Regents and Presidential Scholars
Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society
Sigma Phi Alpha, National Dental Hygiene Honor Society
Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society in Nursing
Tau Sigma, National Honor Society for Transfer Students
Tau Sigma Delta, National Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts

For further information on these honor societies, contact the appropriate academic unit.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Toward a Degree, Minimum UH Manoa Academic Standard, and Good Academic Standing

Once a student has attempted at least 24 college credits at UH Manoa, he or she shall make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and remain in good academic standing by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal


No academic action shall be taken until a student has attempted 24 credit hours.

  • Suspension and dismissal actions for all students will only be taken after spring semester.
  • All students who have or would have had an academic action taken will be directed to see their academic advisor immediately and a "hold" will be placed on their registration until that meeting has occurred. The college advising office will work proactively with the student over the course of the semester to help improve academic performance.
  • All retention and continuation data will be collected from colleges and units at the end of spring semester to assess the effectiveness of their intervention strategies.

Undergraduate and unclassified students seeking exemption for cause from regulations and requirements contained in this Catalog should consult the dean of student academic services of their college/school. UH Manoa reserves the right to withhold the degree or to request the withdrawal of a student for cause.


Students may be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester when their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 or when they fail to maintain the minimum academic requirements of their college, school, or program. Probationary students may register for classes at UH Manoa, but must achieve a current GPA of at least 2.0 in each probationary semester to be allowed further registration. Failure to meet these conditions may result in suspension or dismissal.

Unless an extension has been granted by the college/school’s student academic services dean, students may be put on probation if they have taken 24 credit hours beyond those required for graduation but still have not completed their specific program requirements.

Regulations governing academic probation will be applied at the end of each semester.


Students may be suspended when they fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 1.7 after attempting 24 credit hours or when they fail to meet the terms of probation.

Once suspended, a student is not eligible for readmission to UH Manoa or Outreach College for one full semester (fall or spring). A suspended student who is currently registered in an Outreach College summer course may complete the course. However, completion of the course will not change the suspension.

Regulations governing academic suspension are applied at the end of each spring semester.

Applications for Return from Suspension

Students who wish to return after suspension should apply to the Office of Admissions–for the fall semester by the initial deadline of January 5 or final deadline of March 1, and for the spring semester by the initial deadline of September 1 or final deadline of October 1.

Suspended students who attend another institution will be considered “transfer students” when reapplying to UH Manoa, and must meet all transfer requirements. They will have their work evaluated by the college/school in order to determine eligibility for readmission.

Students who take no courses after being suspended for the required one semester are eligible to be readmitted into the college/school from which they have been suspended provided they submit an application form by the official deadline. However, readmission is not automatic if the student stays out beyond the required period.

Students readmitted after suspension are placed on probation and must meet the terms and conditions of probation as specified above. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.


Students who have been suspended and who subsequently fail to maintain the minimum academic requirements of UH Manoa or their college, school, or program or fail to meet the terms of probation may be dismissed. Such students will be readmitted only in unusual circumstances. Students admitted on probation may be dismissed if they fail to maintain the minimum academic requirements or to meet the terms of probation.

Once dismissed, a student is not eligible for readmission to UH Manoa or Outreach College for a minimum of one academic year (fall and spring semester). A dismissed student who is currently registered in an Outreach College Summer Session course may complete the course. However, completion of the course will not change the dismissal.

Regulations governing academic dismissal are applied at the end of each semester (fall or spring).

The following conditions apply to students who have been dismissed one or more years::

  1. To apply for readmission as a classified or unclassified student at UH Manoa, the student should do so on the admissions application form, following established procedures and deadlines. The student must meet the standard admission criteria applicable to all students. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences require a written statement from the student explaining the circumstances of the dismissal and a rationale for reinstatement. If readmitted, the student is placed on academic probation and must meet established terms of probation;
  2. To enroll in Outreach College, the student is eligible if he or she has attended any UH System campus or other regionally accredited college or university subsequent to the dismissal and earned a cumulative post-dismissal GPA of 2.0 or better for a minimum of 12 earned credits. Transcripts will be required to establish eligibility; or
  3. To enroll in Outreach College, the student who has not earned a cumulative post-dismissal GPA of 2.0 or better for a minimum of 12 earned credits at another UH System campus or other regionally accredited college or university subsequent to dismissal may petition the dean of Outreach College for special enrollment consideration.

Other Provisions

Upon finding that a student is suffering from a physical or mental condition detrimental to the student or to UH Manoa, the vice chancellor for students will, on medical advice, recommend proper action to the appropriate college/school’s student academic services dean. The dean may request that the student be withdrawn officially, without prejudice or academic penalty. Readmission is contingent upon review and recommendation by the college/school ’s student academic services dean and the vice chancellor for students.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence allows students to resume studies without applying for readmission and indicates a continuing relationship with UH Manoa.

Classified undergraduate students may apply at any time, including after the add/drop deadline, for a leave of absence for a specified duration of not more than two semesters. Additional semesters of leave may be granted under extenuating circumstances.

Applications for a leave of absence are available in the student academic services office at the student’s college/school. The date of return from leave must be specified at the time of application. Students should be aware that taking a leave of absence may affect their residency or visa status and eligibility for programs such as financial aid, intercollegiate athletics, etc.

Students who take a leave of absence will continue to be subject to the same core, major, and graduation requirements as were in effect before taking leave. Students returning from a leave return to the same academic standing and with the same academic actions as were in effect the semester before taking leave.

While on leave, students may not be enrolled in another institution at any time; enrollment in another institution automatically invalidates the leave.

Students who do not re-enroll to UH Manoa at the end of their leave of absence will be considered to have withdrawn without notice. They will be required to apply for readmission to UH Manoa and will be readmitted to the same academic standing and with the same academic actions as were in effect the semester before taking leave. Note, however, that they will be subject to the newer core, major, and graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Manoa Institutional Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Students

Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) encompass the UH Manoa undergraduate experience as a whole—academic and co-curricular. It is through the combined efforts of faculty, students, staff, and administrators that students achieve the ILOs.

  1. Know—Breadth and Depth of Knowledge
    Students develop their understanding of the world with emphasis on Hawai'i, Asia, and the Pacific by integrating
    a. General education knowledge (arts and humanities, biological sciences, languages, physical sciences, social sciences, technology);
    b. Specialized study in an academic field; and
    c. Understanding of Hawaiian culture and history.
  2. Do—Intellectual and Practical Skills
    Students improve their abilities to
    d. Think critically and creatively;
    e. Conduct research; and
    f. Communicate and report.
  3. Value—Personal and Social Responsibility
    Students demonstrate excellence, integrity, and engagement through
    g. Continuous learning and personal growth;
    h. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture;
    i. Stewardship of the natural environment; and
    j. Civic participation in their communities.