Current Students

The Exploratory Program within the Mānoa Advising Center has compiled resources and steps to guide you through the process of selecting a major. As you are continuing through our Exploratory Paths, you can find additional information and tools to aide you below.


Effective for the Spring 2016 semester, majors within the Manoa Advising Center were be changed to exploratory.  This change will not affect your enrollment or status at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  The following chart lists to which category your current designation will be updated.

Old Major DesignationsNew Designations (Effective Spring 2016)
General Arts & Sciences (GEAS)Exploratory
Pre-KinesiologyExploratory
Pre-MathematicsExploratory
Pre-BusinessExploratory Business and Industry
Pre-MedicineExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-PharmacyExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-Dental HygieneExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-Speech Pathology/AudiologyExploratory Health Sciences

In addition to the new designations listed above, the following categories are also available:

  • Exploratory Arts & Humanities
  • Exploratory Social Sciences
  • Exploratory STEM

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Exploratory Program at expl@hawaii.edu.

To help you get a better idea of what major to choose, please follow the link below to a list of all majors offered here at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

To help you narrow down your options of choosing an exploratory path, we’ve created a tool to give you a better idea of which exploratory path you might fit into:

There are two courses offered by Manoa Advising Center advisors to assist students in the major exploration process.

CAS 111 (The Fresh-More Experience)

The “Fresh-MORE” Experience is a course designed to provide freshmen and sophomores with the knowledge and skills to thrive in their second semester or second year at UH Manoa. To be eligible for enrollment, students must be Exploratory (undeclared or undecided on a major) and have attended UH Manoa for at least one semester and have earned less than 60 credits. The course is one-credit, meets once a week for 50-minutes, and is writing intensive.
Topics include major exploration (steps and resources), advising services, the Sophomore Slump, academic planning for future semesters, and preparation for after graduation.

IS 210 (Academic Exploration through Advising)

IS 210 is a 3-credit, Writing Intensive course designed to give students the opportunity to explore their skills, values, abilities, interests, and goals in a structured format. The small class size (20 student maximum), highly interactive and discussion-based format keeps the course engaging and exciting throughout the semester. The course meets twice a week (Tuesday and Thursdays), and explores the connections between areas of interests and potential career trajectory.

If you would like more information on either of these courses, please contact the exploratory program at expl@hawaii.edu, call the Manoa Advising Center at 808-956-7273, or visit our office in QLCSS 101.

If you would like to meet with an advisor, navigate through the following pages to find the appropriate advisor associated with your major of choice.

If you are seeking to meet with an advisor from a specific college / major, follow this link to the directory of advisors:

Now that you have chosen a major that you would like to obtain, its time to declare the major. To declare a major, meet with an advisor from the intended school within UH Manoa that you’re trying to major in.

Here is a list of the undergraduate advising offices:

College/SchoolLocationPhone number
School of ArchitectureArchitecture 202(808) 956-7225
Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature (declared majors)QLCSS 113(808) 956-8755
College of Social SciencesDean Hall, Room 2(808) 956-0661
Shidler College of BusinessBusiness Administration B101(808) 956-8215
College of EducationEverly Hall 126(808) 956-7849
College of EngineeringHolmes 250(808) 956-8404
Deparment of BiologyEdmondson 216(808) 956-8303
Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
 Hawaiian StudiesKAMA 211(808) 956-0642
 Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian LanguageSpalding 253(808) 956-8391
Manoa Advising Center (general Arts & Sciences students and pre-majors)QLCSS 101(808) 956-7273
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Medical Technology Biomed C206(808) 956-8557
Public Health Biomed D204(808) 956-8267
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
 Dental HygieneHemingway 200B(808) 956-8821
 NursingWebster 201(808) 956-8939
School of Ocean and Earth Science and TechnologyHIG 315(808) 956-8763
School of Pacific and Asian Studies Moore 407(808) 956-7814
Myron B. Thompson School of Social WorkGartley 203(808) 956-7182
School of Travel Industry Management George 346(808) 956-8946
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Gilmore 210(808) 956-8183