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: ACM: The School of Cinematic Arts, American Studies, Art and Art History, Asian Studies, 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, Religions & Ancient Civilizations, 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 Mānoa 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 Mānoa 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 Mānoa for clarification of degree requirements, individual concerns, and resolution of complex academic issues.

Advising Office for Undergraduate Majors

Sakamaki D-202
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 Mānoa General Education Core; UH Mānoa 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 Mānoa 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.

Graduation Requirements

CALL students must fulfill the UH Mānoa Graduation requirements, which consist of Focus, Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL), and credit and grade point average (GPA) requirements (see “General Education” and “Undergraduate Education”).

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.

Degrees, Minors and Certificate Programs

American Studies: BA, Minor, MA, PhD
Art: BA, BFA, Minor , MFA
Art History: BA, Minor, MA
Asian Studies: BA, Minor, MA
Asian International Affairs: MAIA
Chinese: BA, Minor, Grad Cert.
Classics: Cert.
Cinematic Arts/Creative Media: BA
Dance: BA, BFA, Minor, MA, MFA
East Asian Languages and Literatures: MA, PhD
English: BA, Minor, MA, PhD
Filipino: Minor, Cert.
French: Minor
German: Minor
Hindi: Cert.
History: BA, Minor, MA, PhD
Ilokano: Minor, Cert.
Indonesians: Cert.
Islamic Studies: Cert.
Japanese: BA, Minor, Cert.
Japanese Studies: Grad Cert.
Khmer (Cambodian): Cert.
Korean: BA, Minor, Cert.
Korean Studies: Grad Cert.
Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas: BA
Latin America & Iberian Studies: Minor
Linguistics: MA, PhD
Museum Studies: Grad Cert.
Music: BA, BMUS, Minor, Cert., MA, MMus, PhD
Pacific Island Studies: BA, MA, Grad Cert.
Philippine Language and Culture: BA
Philippine Studies: Grad Cert.
Philosophy: BA, Minor, MA, PhD
Religious Traditions of Asia and the Pacific: MA
Religious Traditions & Ancient Civilizations: BA
Russian: Cert.
Samoan: Cert.
Sanskrit: Cert.
Second Language Studies: BA, Minor, MA, PhD, Grad Cert.
South Asian Studies: Grad Cert.
Southeast Asian Studies: Grad Cert.
Spanish: Minor, MA
Tahitian: Cert.
Thai: Cert.
Theatre: BA, Minor, MA, MFA, PhD
Vietnamese: Cert.

Combined Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree (BAM) Pathways

CALL offers BAM Pathways in English and Second Language Studies (SLS). They allow highly motivated students to efficiently complete a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in a shorter time frame by double-counting course work (3 courses) at the undergraduate tuition rate. In most cases, pathway students graduate with the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree within 5 years (total). For more information, please contact the relevant department.

Double Majors/Degrees

Many of CALL undergraduate students are double majors to obtain additional skills and diverse perspectives and to expand future career opportunities. See the “Undergraduate Education” sections in the Catalog for specific information.