Declaring Geography as your major is very simple. There are three primary ways to choose Geography as your major.
There are three components to Geography major; Core Requirements; Electives; and Concentration(s). There are six core requirements that encompass basic coursework in different parts of the field and analysis methods. In the elective section, we want each student to choose one upper division course in the four areas of Mānoa Geography; Physical, Human, Regional and Technology. A student is also required to declare a concentration and take three additional courses in the one area that they most want to follow. A concentration is not limited to one area. On occasion we have had students pursue more than once concentration.
When you approach graduation, you will have to file a “goldenrod” with your Arts and Science Advisor. The GA must check to make sure that you have fulfilled or are fulfilling your chosen stream and sign off on this form before you take it to the Arts and Science Advisor. Your A&S advisor will know your stream by this time and that person will check again to see how your Geography work fits into your General Education requirements for graduation. To fulfill a graduation requirement, required courses have to be passed with a “C” grade or higher. We do not accept a “C-” or lower as a passing grade.
The 37 hour geography requirements are only a minimum. Most students will take more Geography coursework to enhance their preparation for their careers after graduation. We have had a number of cases where students have delayed their graduations to take all of the courses available in their specialty area and supplemented them with cognate courses in other departments. To help plan your travels through your Geography major at Mānoa, keep in touch the the GA to keep abreast of changes in the program, new courses that might interest you both inside the department and in other departments. Since the GA has copies of almost all syllabi's for Geography courses, he or she may be of help in choosing which courses to select to structure your program to best fit your interests.
It is to your benefit as well as the department to declare your major early in your program. With a longer time in the major you will have a better choice of classes when you want to take them rather than trying to jam them into a couple of semesters. In addition, department funding is partly based on the number of majors that we have. If you delay declaring until the last minute, the department is deprived of much needed funds to offer a stronger undergraduate program.
The current GA is Hong Jiang, Professor of Geography. Advising office is Saunders 415, email firstname.lastname@example.org office phone (808) 956-8164, fax (808) 956-3512.