Hawai‘i Hall 314
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-6460
Fax: (808) 956-9085

Dean: Peter J. Arnade
Interim Associate Dean for Administration & Operations: Gaye Chan
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Kimi Kondo-Brown

Departments: Academy for Creative Media, American Studies, Art and Art History, Asian Studies, Communicology, East Asian Languages and Literatures, English, History, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, Linguistics, Music, Pacific Islands Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Second Language Studies, Theatre and Dance

Research and Resource Centers: School of Pacific and Asian Studies (Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Okinawan Studies, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Center for Biographical Research, Center for Language and Technology, National Foreign Language Resource Center

General Information

The College of Arts, Languages & Letters (CALL) draws together the potent degree programs, area studies, and research centers of the former Colleges of Arts & Humanities; Languages, Linguistics & Literature; and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies into a dynamic academic core of liberal arts–the heart of a university education. Its many departments, degrees, certificates, and centers offer opportunities for both in-depth and broad-based interdisciplinary study. The scholarly reach of CALL represents the ongoing commitment of UH Manoa to enhance international awareness and intercultural understanding throughout the learning experience.

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)


Students are active partners in the advising process, which includes clarifying their life and career goals, developing meaningful educational plans, and preparing for productive lives, enlightened citizenship, and life-long learning. 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 CALL 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 for Undergraduate Majors

Sinclair 301
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8755
Fax: (808) 956-9796

Student Organizations

Societies and clubs associated with many departments within CALL give students opportunities to explore a field from an informal perspective, get acquainted with other students with similar interests, and learn of the options available upon graduation. CALL highly recommends active student involvement in these associations for the academic and professional enhancements they provide. Check with your major department’s advisor for information.

Undergraduate Programs

CALL undergraduate programs and a liberal education offer a broad-based and integrated perspective on the world and human experiences; better self-understanding; societal, civic, and global knowledge; an independent and inquiring mind; a desire and capacity for lifelong learning; and valuable transferable skills. Students are encouraged to explore connections between disciplinary fields, engage in co-curricular activities, and develop unique combinations of majors, minors, certificates, and electives. CALL students must fulfill the following four areas of requirements: UH Manoa General Education Core; UH Manoa Graduation; CALL College; and CALL Major. When selecting courses and making plans, students should refer to their respective “Bachelor Degree Program Sheets” and “Sample Four Year Academic Plans” on the OVCAA bachelor degree program sheets website (manoa.

General Education Core Requirements

CALL students must fulfill the UH Manoa General Education Core, which consists of Foundations and Diversification requirements. Some of the courses that fulfill these Core requirements may be double dipped with other requirements (see “General Education”). The minimum course grade to fulfill Core requirements is a D (not D-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option.

College Requirements Credit Maximums*

  • Practicum courses: 12 credits
  • Directed reading and research (-99) courses: 9 credits
  • Activity courses (such as KRS): 8 credits

*CALL students can take as many credits in these areas as they would like, but only credits up to these maximums apply to the total 120 credits needed for graduation.

CALL Undergraduate Major Requirements

CALL major requirements further develop liberal education skills and offer students specialization in an academic field of study. Major requirements contribute to the ideal liberal education, which prepares students for productive lives and careers, enlightened citizenship, and lifelong learning. Major requirements are explained in the department sections in this Catalog and on department websites. The minimum course grade to fulfill major and major- related requirements is a C (not C-). These requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only with the CR/NC grade option. CALL students should meet regularly with their advisor to ensure their progress and to graduate on time.

Graduate Programs

Prospective students interested in CALL graduate programs should contact the respective program or refer to the program listing in the Catalog.