Parents & Counselors

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.

Effective for the Spring 2016 semester, majors within the Manoa Advising Center were changed to Exploratory.  This change will not affect your enrollment or status at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  The following chart lists to which category your current designation will be updated.

Old Major DesignationsNew Designations (Effective Spring 2016)
General Arts & Sciences (GEAS)Exploratory
Pre-BusinessExploratory Business and Industry
Pre-MedicineExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-PharmacyExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-Dental HygieneExploratory Health Sciences
Pre-Speech Pathology/AudiologyExploratory Health Sciences

In addition to the new designations listed above, the following categories are also available:

  • Exploratory Arts & Humanities
  • Exploratory Social Sciences
  • Exploratory STEM

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Exploratory Program at

The following majors are not included in the Exploratory Paths due to the following reasons: they are newly approved majors; highly competitive majors; majors that involve sequencing; majors that require a high number of specific courses; or cohorted majors.

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technology
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • 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.

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:

College/SchoolLocationPhone number
School of ArchitectureArchitecture 202(808) 956-7225
Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature (declared majors)QLCSS 113(808) 956-8755
College of Social SciencesDean Hall, Room 2(808) 956-0661
Shidler College of BusinessBusiness Administration B101(808) 956-8215
College of EducationEverly Hall 126(808) 956-7849
College of EngineeringHolmes 240-A(808) 956-8404
Deparment of BiologyEdmondson 216(808) 956-8303
Hawai'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
 Hawaiian StudiesKAMA 211(808) 956-0642
 Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian LanguageSpalding 253A(808) 956-7637
Manoa Advising Center (general Arts & Sciences students and pre-majors)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 HygieneHemingway 200B(808) 956-8821
 NursingWebster 201(808) 956-8939
School of Ocean and Earth Science and TechnologyHIG 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

Beginning April 13, 2015, students will be 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.

Office Hours

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday – 12:00pm-4:00pm

Closed: Weekends and Holidays

Phone Advising

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