CoursesRequirements for the SLS BA

I think SLS is a huge 'ohana (family) to me. It taught me a lot about the different perspectives of different cultures, and to me more understanding and aware of students' or teachers' perspectives.

Kallen Lin
SLS major, aspiring teacher, and multilingual speaker

Courses Needed for the SLS Major

The course requirements and electives for the SLS major total 33 credits. Listed below are the core and elective courses for those students who declared SLS as a major as of Spring 2023. To see when these are offered, please view our schedule of courses.

Major Requirements (24 credits/8 courses):

Electives (9 credits/3 courses):

300- and 400-level courses from other fields of study may be used as electives, if approved by an SLS advisor.

More Information

*SLS 302 is the primary prerequisite course in the department.  The official listing in the UH Manoa catalog says "prerequisite (or concurrent)". This means other SLS courses can be taken during the same semester as 302. Taking SLS introductory courses (SLS 130, 150, 218, and 280) prior to SLS 302 is fine as well. However, when taking SLS courses at the 300- or 400-level, be sure that SLS 302 is one of the courses you start with.

**Topic areas for SLS 480-alpha are:

    • 480P = Second Language Pedagogy
    • 480R = Second Language Research
    • 480U = Second Language Use
    • 480N = Second Language Analysis
    • 480E = Second Language Learning

If you have further questions or would like more information, please contact our academic advisors ( by email or by phone (808-956-6131).