GENERAL
Q: How is the A&S curriculum being changed and why?

Formerly, BA students in A&S had to take one course from each of the four A&S colleges to fulfill the Breadth requirement, or have an A&S second major, minor, or certificate to fulfill the Depth requirement. As of July 2013, the Breadth or Depth requirement will be eliminated to provide students more flexibility in planning their studies. In addition, BA students, as well as BFA and BMus students, will have a greater range of courses to fulfill the symbolic reasoning requirement.   Because this is a major change to A&S curriculum and one that may assist many students in timely graduation, the A&S Deans have extended these changes to continuing A&S majors. See the Dean's message and announcement for more details.
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Q: Who is affected by these changes?

For the elimination of Breadth or Depth (B/D) requirement, only BA majors are affected. For the greater range of courses for symbolic reasoning, only BA, BFA and BMus majors are affected. If you have already completed B/D or Foundations Symbolic Reasoning (FS), no action is required of you in regards to these changes.
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Q: Do these changes affect my other degree requirements?

No, all of your other requirements, such as credits needed for graduation, UHM General Education, and major, will remain the same. The changes just eliminate the Breadth or Depth requirement for BA students, and provides for a greater range of courses to fulfill symbolic reasoning for BA, BFA and BMus students who have not yet completed the Foundations Symbolic Reasoning (FS) requirement.
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Q: I don't want to have my requirements changed – how can I do this?

An "opt out" form will be available in September 2013, at CASSAS (QLC 113) for you to complete and submit to us. We'll make sure that your degree requirements remain the same. If you need to do this earlier, please contact us at CASSAS.
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BREADTH OR DEPTH (B/D)
Q: Does the elimination of the Breadth or Depth requirement affect BS, BFA, BMus, and BA Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) students?

The elimination of the Breadth or Depth (B/D) requirement affects only BA students. The BS, BFA and BMus (and BA – IS) degrees do not have this B/D requirement. We are notifying all A&S majors because at times students do change their majors and degree programs.
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Q: I have already completed my Breadth or Depth requirement – will I lose those credits because the requirement is eliminated?

No, you will not lose those credits. You have earned those course credits and grades and they will remain on your academic record. If you have completed a second major, minor or certificate to fulfill Depth, you will still be certified by these academic programs.
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Q: Is the value of my having fulfilled the Breadth or Depth requirement less now that it is eliminated?

Absolutely not -- the intent of the Breadth or Depth requirement was to have students further diversify beyond the UHM core requirements or have an additional specialization beyond the major. There is great value in completing a second major, minor or certificate. Also, the essence of an arts and sciences degree is to have a broad knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world. With these recent changes, however, BA students now have the flexibility to make these choices themselves.
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Q: I'm a BA student – should I drop the Breadth courses I'm registered in for Summer and Fall 2013?

You may make adjustments to your class schedule, such as adding or dropping a course, within published academic deadlines. See the Academic Calendar for specific add/drop dates. With the elimination of the Breadth or Depth (B/D) requirement, you may drop the Breadth course. Before you do so, you should check to see if the Breadth course is fulfilling other requirements you may need (e.g., Focus, credits for graduation) and how this might impact your enrollment status (e.g. full-time versus part-time student). Contact a CASSAS advisor should you have any questions.

NOTE: Any changes to your UH Mānoa enrollment status may impact benefits you are receiving. With this in mind, carefully consider the implications of decreasing your credit load.
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Q: Can I pursue a second major, minor, or certificate even though the Breath or Depth requirement is eliminated?

Yes. There is great value in completing a second major, minor or certificate because you would gain another area of specialization outside of your major. See the UHM Catalog for the list of majors, minors and certificates offered at UHM.
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SYMBOLIC REASONING
Q: I have completed the Foundations Symbolic Reasoning (FS) requirement – how does this change affect me?

It doesn't. Basically, this change just allows more course options for BA, BFA, and BMus students in fulfilling symbolic reasoning.
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Q: I'm a BS student – how does this change affect me?

It doesn't. This change affects only BA, BFA and BMus students who have not yet completed their FS requirement.
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Q: I'm a BA student (also applies to BFA, BMus) who has not yet finished my Foundations Symbolic Reasoning (FS) requirement – what does this change mean to me?

For A&S BA, BFA, and BMus majors, symbolic reasoning can now be fulfilled by any FS designated course, including those articulated FS courses from the UH Community Colleges (e.g., MATH 135, MATH 103 -- see the UHM General Education website for articulated courses by campus). Check carefully the list of FS articulated courses: courses that articulate as FS vary by campus and have limitations on when the course was taken. (See list of FS courses question.) Also contact a CASSAS advisor should you have any questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Check your major requirements because some majors, such as those in the Natural Sciences, require specific FS courses.
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Q: Where can I find a list of courses that fulfill Foundations Symbolic Reasoning (FS)?

UHM FS courses:
See list in the UHM Foundations Symbolic Reasoning section of the Catalog http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/corerequirements/core-req.htm

UH Community Colleges FS courses:
  1. Go to UHM GenEd Articulation website http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/articulation.htm
  2. Click on the campus that you are interested in (NOTE: a course articulated at one campus may not be articulated at another, even if they have the same number, e.g. MATH 115 from HonCC is FS, but from KapCC, it is not FS) (retrieved 5/28/13)
  3. Scroll down the list to the "Foundations" section, view courses designated "FS"
  4. Note the effective terms -- you need to have taken the course in the indicated date range
  5. Contact a CASSAS advisor should you have any questions.
EXAMPLE - LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(from http://www.hawaii.edu/gened/articulation_leecc.htm; retrieved 5/28/13)

LeeCC Course UHM Foundation area Effective Terms*
ICS 141 FS Fall 2003-present
ICS 241 FS Fall 2003-present
MATH 100 FS Fall 2003-present
MATH 103 FS Spring 2008-present
MATH 112 FS Spring 2006-present
MATH 135 FS Spring 2008-present
MATH 140 FS Fall 2003-present
MATH 140X FS Spring 2011-present (added 1/3/12)
MATH 203 FS Fall 2005-present
MATH 205 FS Fall 2003-present
PHIL 110 FS Fall 2003-present
QM 122 FS Fall 2003-Summer 2008

* Foundations and Diversification courses are reviewed every five years to ensure the courses continue to meet the Hallmarks of the General Education area.

NOTE: If you have not taken an articulated FS course, but have 1) earned an articulated UH AA degree, or 2) have completed the Foundations/Basic requirement at a UH system campus (having entered UH system Fall 2011 or opted-up to Fall 2011 core year), then you will have satisfied the UHM FS requirement ( http://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/policies.html#credits http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/app/aa/articulation/JI_MOA.pdf)

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