The Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL) requirement varies depending on the student’s major. Students should check with their college advisor to learn about their requirements. The Colleges of Arts & Sciences require that students demonstrate competence at the 202 (or equivalent) level in Hawaiian or a second language by doing one of the following:
1. Complete a four-semester sequence (usually 101, 102, 201, and 202) in a single language.
The College of LLL regularly offers first- and second-year courses in more than 25 languages (click here for more information about the courses). Students placed at levels above the 101 level in a second language offered at UHM can also 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, an appropriate course above 202 in which the student makes significant use of the language. “Significant use” of a language is normally determined by the course prerequisites and content. Additional restrictions apply. Read the back-credit policy carefully and check with the appropriate language department for details.
The back-credit policy (updated in 2010): http://www.lll.hawaii.edu/index.php/for-faculty/creating-and-scheduling-courses/back-credit-forms-and-policies/
2. Demonstrate 202-level second language competency through evaluation.
Multilingual speakers who grew up with two (or more) languages or native speakers of a language other than English may demonstrate 202-level second language competency through evaluation. If the non-English language the student speaks is taught at Mānoa, s/he should see the undergraduate advisor of the department where the language is taught and have his/her proficiency evaluated by using the Evaluation of Second Language Competency Form.
Please download the form from here: http://lll.hawaii.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Language-competence-evaluation_fillable1.pdf
If the non-English language s/he speaks is NOT taught at Mānoa, the student first of all needs to obtain an official supporting document verifying that s/he is a native/heritage speaker of the language and that s/he is competent in both oral and written language. The student is responsible for having his oral and written language proficiency evaluated. A family member or friend cannot serve as an evaluator. Arts & Humanities, Language, Linguistics & Literature, and Physical Sciences majors should submit the required language verification document to The Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature (formerly the Colleges of Arts & Sciences Student Academic Services), located in QLC 113. Other majors (including Biological and Social Sciences majors) should submit the document to their respective advising offices.