In addition to improving written and oral communication and reasoning skills, proficiency in Hawaiian or a second language (HSL) is an integral part of the university's mission to "prepare students to function effectively in a global society," to "preserve and promulgate Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific language, history, and culture and [to] provide students an education experience with an international dimension" (The University of Hawai'i Strategic Plan 1996-2001: "Goals," sec. 111, C: p. 5; "Action Strategies," sec. V, 2; p. 9).
The Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL) requirement varies by UHM college/school. Half require that students demonstrate competence at the 202 (or equivalent) level in Hawaiian or a second language by doing one of the following:
HSL requirements by college/school (as of October 2008)
Students should check with their college advisor to learn about their requirements. Advisors may also consult the Hawaiian/Second Language Requirement Waivers Policy for Colleges and Schools.
Students may complete this form and submit it to the appropriate language department for processing.
Important: Restrictions apply. Students should read and understand the back credit policy before petitioning or taking a course.
Petition Form - form-fillable (complete online & print immediately)
Petition Form (print, and then complete)
Students placed at levels above the 101 level in a second or foreign language offered at UHM can receive, at no additional cost, credits for the course(s) they are exempted from upon completing the next course in the sequence with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better. Those whose level is above that of 202, including native speakers of the languages, can receive credit for the 4-semester course sequence provided they complete, with a letter grade of C (not C-) or better, any course above 202 in any field in which the student makes significant use of the language, (e.g., history, literature, culture, language, Hawaiian Studies, anthropology, education, or musicology courses). The judgment as to significant use should normally be made by the instructor of the course the student has taken.
Additional restrictions apply.
Read the policy and check with the appropriate language department
May 7, 2004 (system) workshop
last updated February 7, 2011; report errors to firstname.lastname@example.org