The 2020-2021 University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa) Catalog is a comprehensive guide to UH Manoa programs, course offerings, services, tuition, financial aid, faculty, facilities, academic policies, and other information of general importance to UH Manoa students. The information in this Catalog is not necessarily complete; names and contact numbers for other publications and offices, which may offer additional information about specific areas of interest, have been included.

The Catalog is divided into five major sections:

  1. Information about the University and the campus, student services, academic policies, tuition and financial aid;
  2. Information about the individual colleges and schools and their academic programs;
  3. Descriptions of courses offered;
  4. Lists of administrators, faculty, and staff with their academic backgrounds; and
  5. Campus policies and information, glossary, and index.

If you are a prospective freshman or transfer undergraduate student, consult the sections on undergraduate education, Undergraduate General Education Requirements, tuition, financial aid, and student life. In addition, you should read the program section of the department, college or school that interests you. Before selecting classes, read the course descriptions for prerequisites, credit hours, and other relevant information. For additional information on specific programs of study, consult the department chair, program director, or major advisor.

If you are a prospective graduate student, consult the graduate education section and the graduate chair of the program in which you are interested for information regarding admission requirements, degree options, registration, and related procedures.

If you are a continuing student, keep this Catalog handy as a source of general information. Familiarity with its contents can smooth your progress toward your degree.

Although every effort is made to keep the Catalog correct and current, there will be changes in courses offered and program requirements. Check the Guide to Registration at records/register/guide and your department, college or school for the most current information.

Web Information

This Catalog is available online at:

General Campus Information

For further information on UH Manoa, contact:

UH Manoa General Information
Campus Center 212, 2465 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7235 (Voice/Text)


This edition of the Catalog would not have been possible without the assistance of many people. Special thank you to the following: Ronald Cambra, Michelle Carino, Jan Costa, April Drexel, Lisa Fujikawa, April Goodwin, Joy Hakoda, Kay Hamada, Lisa Imai, Christine Ly, Julienne Maeda, Mark Nakamura, Raegene Nakamura, Diane Nakashima, Wendy Pearson, Cynthia Tang, Marween Yagin, and Ryan Yamaguchi. Thank you also for the IT support: Osamu Makiguchi, Chad Omiya, and Chris Komatsu.

Cover and Section Heads

This is the seventeenth year a “Design the Catalog Cover” competition was presented to the UH Manoa student community. Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 pandemic, we did not receive submissions by the deadline. The webdesign was created by Michelle Carino. The lines suggest topography, which is the study of the shape and features of land surfaces. The composition represents the shapes and features of the campus: students, campus, etc. This a fingerprint with identity: the people, activities, and place that define the UHM campus.


Inside photographs are courtesy of the schools and colleges, the Catalog Office, and Josemiguel Magno, Office of Admissions.


Contact the Manoa Catalog Office at (808) 956-9947, 2425 Campus Road Hawaii Hall 121, Honolulu, HI 96822, or email