Undergraduate students are awarded the Dean's List distinction if they: (1) earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher based on 12 credits or more taken for a grade, and (2) do not receive grades of W, I, F, or NC for that semester. The grades used for calculation of grade point average will be those earned by a date determined by the Office of the Registrar. Colleges or schools may establish independent criteria for the award of Dean's List distinction with the approval of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Honors degrees are awarded in most disciplines at UH Mānoa, but candidates must be enrolled in the UH Mānoa Honors Program, Greg M. Sinclair Library 103, 1425 Campus Road, (808) 956-8391, www.honors.hawaii.edu.
The Honors Program provides opportunities for talented, motivated undergraduates to excel in their academic studies. Students complete a challenging enquiry-based curriculum that encourages learning through independent research and creative expression. They enjoy intimate and personalized educational experiences through small classes, dedicated advising, peer mentorship, and faculty-guided projects.
The Honors Program encourages critical thinking and excellence in oral and written communication; instills respect for diversity and commitment to social justice; and develops the capacity for civic engagement and leadership.
Selected Studies is the lower division component of the Honors Program. A certificate for Sophomore Honors is awarded to students in Selected Studies who complete sufficient credits in Honors courses and who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5. In addition, a special notation is made on the student's transcript.
Admission to Selected Studies is by invitation to high school students with outstanding academic records and aptitude test scores. Others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendation of a high school teacher or counselor. UH Mānoa students may also apply in their first year with the recommendation of a university instructor.
Upper Division Honors students take a sequence of 12 credits that culminates in a Senior Honors Project, an independent thesis research, or creative work completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The sequence begins with a Junior Honors Seminar and an upper-division seminar course on research methods. Subsequently, students pursue a two-semester program of independent research for the Senior Honors Project under the supervision of their faculty advisor. The Senior Honors Project is presented or performed at the Honors Forum or the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
To graduate with Honors, students must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in both their major and in their junior/senior years. In addition, at least one of these GPAs must be in the top 25% of the graduating class in their college. The Honors Council receives written assessments of performance from instructors and thesis supervisors for all coursework in Upper Division Honors, and it receives a copy of the Honors Senior Project. Assessing this evidence, the Honors Council decides whether candidates are awarded "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors." Students receive a diploma, their achievement is acknowledged at Commencement, and a notation is made on their transcript. Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation to those on Deans' lists, but others may be nominated or may apply with the recommendations of instructors and faculty at UH Mānoa. Students need at least three semesters to complete the requirements, and should apply in the second semester of the sophomore year or early in the junior year.
Graduating seniors who have completed 30 or more credit hours of work at UH Mānoa with the following cumulative GPA are eligible for graduation with distinction as noted:
Graduation with distinction is subject to the following stipulations:
The appropriate designations will be recorded on the diploma and transcripts.
For further information on these honor societies, contact the appropriate academic unit.
A student at UH Mānoa shall make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and remain in good academic standing by maintaining a minimum UH Mānoa academic standard with acumulative grade point average of 2.0.