Hawai‘i Hall 314
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6460
Fax: (808) 956-9085
Dean: Peter J. Arnade
Associate Dean: Thomas Brislin

Departments and programs: Academy for Creative Media, American Studies, Art and Art History, Communicology, Historic Preservation, History, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre and Dance


Within the context of a liberal education, the College of Arts and Humanities assists students in clarifying their life and career goals, developing meaningful educational plans, and preparing for productive lives, enlightened citizenship, and life-long learning. Students are expected to be active partners in the advising process by initiating contact with their advisors and by coming to advising sessions prepared.

Students at UH Manoa have exceptional freedom in crafting their college experience. Students are able to explore connections between fields, engage in co-curricular activities, and develop unique combinations of majors, minors, and certificates. In addition to meeting all mandatory advising initiatives required by their major departments, declared A&S majors meet with their advisors throughout their career at UH Manoa for clarification of degree requirements, individual concerns, and resolution of complex academic issues.

Advising Office

Advising Center for the College of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature
Sinclair 301
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8755
Fax: (808) 956-9796

Degrees, Minors and Certificates

Bachelor’s Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Master’s Degrees: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Music (MMus)
Doctoral Degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

College Certificate

Islamic Studies Undergraduate Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to increase understanding of Islam as a world religion through critical analysis of primary and secondary materials, to foster knowledge about the complexity among Islamic societies and their diverse cultural expressions, and to explore the role of Islam and Muslims in present and past world affairs.

The Islamic Studies certificate is housed within the College of Arts and Humanities, the participating departments including Art and Art History, History, Philosophy, and Religion.

Minimum prerequisites for acceptance into the program for undergraduates are sophomore or higher standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and the completion of at least one introductory course within one of the four participating departments with a grade of B or better. For non-UH Manoa students, the prerequisite is an AA or BA degree (or equivalent) that included some humanities component or relevant work experience. Non-UH Manoa students who do not wish to enroll in a degree program may register for the courses through Outreach College.

Completion of the Islamic Studies Certificate requires 15 credit hours:

  • Three required courses: HIST 354, PHIL 330, and REL 209. It is recommended that REL 209 be taken first.
  • Two electives selected from: ART 491B, 492B, 493, HIST 301, 302, 355, 432, and REL 352. (One course in Arabic language may be used as one of the electives.)
  • And a final research project in association with an elective class.

Advanced undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or above may, with instructor consent, use credit from the following graduate classes: ART/ASAN 792, HIST 662, or PHIL 730.

For more information, contact the undergraduate chair in the Department of Philosophy.

Honor Societies

Honor societies at UH Manoa in the College of Humanities include Golden Key National Honour Society (undergraduate), Lambda Delta (freshmen), Mortar Board (seniors), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences), Phi Eta Sigma (freshmen), Phi Kappa Phi (general scholarship), and Pi Kappa Lambda (music).