The Exploratory Program within the Mānoa Advising Center is designed to assist students in their selection of a major. Please feel free to look through our resources to help you guide students to the appropriate resource for their needs.
Below are the six different exploratory paths we offer. If you click on a link, you will be able to get more information as well as see the different majors that are related to the path.
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
If your child/student is considering a specialty program, it is highly recommended that they start on their courses as soon as possible. It is often easier to switch from a specialty program (which may require specific courses, a higher GPA, or specific deadlines) into another major, but not vice versa.
For additional information on these these majors, please visit the “Specialty Program” page.
To help your child/student choose an exploratory path, follow the link to the Holland Interest page. This exercise is based on Dr. John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be classified into six general groups: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Each of these groups shows potential interests as a: Do-er, Thinker, Creator, Helper, Persuader, and Organizer.
Hover over the images below for information on each of these six exploratory paths. Click on the images for more details about each interest category.
If your child/student would like to meet with an advisor, navigate through the following pages to find the appropriate advisor associated with their major of choice.
- Exploratory Arts & Humanities
- Exploratory Business
- Exploratory Health Sciences
- Exploratory Social Sciences
- Exploratory STEM
If your child/student wants to meet with an advisor from a specific college / major, follow this link to the directory of advisors:
If your child/student has chosen a major that they would like to obtain, its time to declare the major. To declare a major, they will need to meet with an advisor from the intended school within UH Manoa that they are trying to major in.
Here is a list of the undergraduate advising offices:
|School of Architecture||Architecture 202||(808) 956-7225|
|Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature (declared majors)||Sinclair 301||(808) 956-8755|
|College of Social Sciences||Dean Hall, Room 2||(808) 956-0661|
|Shidler College of Business||Business Administration B101||(808) 956-8215|
|College of Education||Everly Hall 126||(808) 956-7849|
|College of Engineering||Holmes 240-A||(808) 956-8404|
|College of Natural Sciences||Sinclair 301||(808) 956-5911|
|Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge|
|Hawaiian Studies||KAMA 211||(808) 956-0642|
|Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language||Spalding 253A||(808) 956-7637|
|Exploratory||QLCSS 101||(808) 956-7273|
|John A. Burns School of Medicine|
|Medical Technology||Biomed C206||(808) 956-8557|
|School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene|
|Dental Hygiene||Hemingway 200B||(808) 956-8821|
|Nursing||Webster 201||(808) 956-8939|
|School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology||HIG 131B||(808) 956-8763|
|School of Pacific and Asian Studies||Moore 407||(808) 956-7814|
|Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work|
|Social Work||Gartley 203||(808) 956-7182|
|Public Health||Biomed D204||(808) 956-5753|
|School of Travel Industry Management||George 346||(808) 956-4887|
|College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources||Gilmore 1st Floor||(808) 956-8183|
For MAC students (exploratory and pre-major), we provide advising on a same-day appointment basis. To schedule an appointment, we recommend visiting our office in QLC 101 during normal business hours.
If your child/student is unable to keep their scheduled appointment, they must contact our office in advanced to cancel or reschedule. Students who do not show for appointments are closely monitored by MAC advisors.
Make an Appointment
Students are able to schedule appointments for the same day, as well as one day in advance.
Either come in person to make an appointment or make an appointment over the phone at (808) 956-7273.
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday – 12:00pm-4:00pm
Closed: Weekends and Holidays
If your child/student are unable to meet for advising in person because of special circumstances (ex. not on island), please visit our phone advising page for more information.
For more information regarding the Exploratory program here at UH Mānoa, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org