Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


If no University major is quite your size or shape, you may find a better fit through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. It enables interested and qualified students to arrange interdisciplinary “major equivalents” for B.A. degrees. We can help you achieve your goal!

To earn a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, you must be enrolled as a UH Mānoa student. You must also design an acceptable “major equivalent” – a coherent program of courses that is academically equivalent to a conventional major. The “major equivalent” must meet certain formal and substantive requirements that you will develop with the assistance of an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty member and that is subject to an internal review before admission to the program.


At the time of application, you must moreover be in good academic standing – that is, you must have a minimum GPR of 2.0. Your overall grades must be better if you are thinking of including courses in your major from programs that have a higher admissions requirement. In such cases you must have a cumulative GPR of at least 2.75 or a GPR of at least 2.75 for both of the last two full semesters. Most importantly, when you are ready to submit an acceptable proposal, you must still have at least 21 credits of course work to undertake in your major equivalent beginning with the subsequent semester or term. This so-called 21-credit rule is, in effect, our only deadline; it prohibits retroactive patchworks of unrelated courses, and ensures that you obtain academic counseling while there is still time for effective planning. Most students avoid any difficulty with this rule by completing their arrangements for a major equivalent early in their junior years.