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President’s Message

As President of the University of Hawai‘i, I welcome you to the 2019-2020 General Catalog. Begin your academic journey on these pages, as you learn more about the nation’s most unique campus of higher education.

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UH Manoa is a world-class university situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where East meets West. We are also proud to be a major research university, with an important international reputation for discovery spanning land, sea, and sky.

Our students are learning, doing research, developing critical thinking, and being imbued with a global sense of citizenship. They are matriculating on a campus grounded in the traditional values of the Native Hawaiian culture.

Commence your visit to UH Manoa by reviewing this updated Catalog, brimming with general information on our colleges, schools, programs, courses, and campus community members. Discover the academic programs and dedicated individuals united by our main responsibilities– providing high-quality undergraduate education; offering a broad range of high-quality undergraduate specializations; facilitating advanced education, which will lead to the earning of doctorates in selected fields; maintaining a research university with very high research activity; serving the Hawai‘i community; and serving the world.


David Lassner
President, University of Hawai‘i