Writing Requirements for UHM Students
(1) FOUNDATIONS: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (FW)
UHM APPROVED COURSES-FW
Credit for one of these courses is required for graduation: English (ENG) 100, ENG 100A, ENG 101+ENG 101L, ENG 190, or English Language Institute (ELI) 100.
All UHM students, except those assigned to ELI 073, must complete the ENG 100 (or 100A), ENG 190, or ELI 100 requirement within their first two semesters at the University. Those assigned to ELI 073 must complete the course the semester after placement and their 100-level course the following semester.
Students are placed into an FW course based on the number of credits they bring to UH Manoa. Click here for more information.
General course descriptions (Click here for a section-by-section description of ENG 100 for the upcoming semester.)
English 100. Composition I (3 credits).
Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Students may not earn credit for both ENG 100 and ENG 190. Pre: placement. Freshmen only.
English 190. Composition I for Transfer Students to UH Manoa (3 credits).
Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Restricted to students with more than 24 credits. Students may not earn credit for both ENG 100 and ENG 190. A-F only. Pre: placement.
English Language Institute (ELI) 100. Expository Writing: A Guided Approach (3 credits). Extensive practice in writing expository essays; linguistic devices that make an essay effective. (Fulfills composition requirement for non-native speakers of English only).
English Language Institute (ELI) 073. Writing for Foreign Students (3 non-academic credits). Extensive practice in expository writing. Analysis and use of rhetorical devices. Individual conferences and tutoring as required. Prepares students to take ELI 100.
Transfer students can visit the Admissions Office Transfer Credit Search page to check if a course they completed at another college is equivalent to UH Mānoa's ENG 100, ENG 200, or ELI 100. Students who have transfer credit for one of these courses do not take an FW course at UHM.
(2) WRITING-INTENSIVE (W) FOCUS COURSES
Because writing helps students both to learn and to communicate, the University requires students to take writing-intensive courses. Small writing-intensive classes, in which instructors work with students on writing related to course topics, are offered in nearly all departments. Students are strongly encouraged to complete ENG 100, ENG 100A, ENG 190, or ELI 100 before they enroll in W courses.
Students who entered the UH system as freshmen in Fall 1990 or later must complete, before they graduate from the Mānoa campus, five writing-intensive courses (designated with W in each semester'sSchedule of Classes). At least two W courses must be from courses numbered at the 300- or 400-level.
If you entered the UH system prior to 1990, an academic advisor can determine the number of W classes you are required to take.
Transfer students have a pro-rated requirement. See the chart below.
NOTE: "Transfer student" refers to a student who took classes at a non-University of Hawai‘i campus and who is starting at UHM with credits from another school. Therefore, students who took classes at a UH community college, UH West O‘ahu, or UH Hilo are not considered "transfer" students in this context.
Year of transfer
Status at time of transfer
(number of accepted non-UH credits)
|.||Fr (0-24 credits)||Soph (25-54)||Jr (55-88)||Sr (89+)|
|Year of transfer||Fr-Soph (0-36 credits)||Soph (37-54)||Jr (55-88)||Sr (89+)|
|1999 or later||5*||4*||3*||2**|
|*including at least two W courses at the 300- or 400-level.
**must be courses at the 300- or 400-level.
See also our student information page on writing-intensive courses.