Course Waiver and Substitution

Career and Technical Education Programs:

A student seeking to waive or substitute courses must see a counselor to complete the Request for Course Waiver/Substitution for Career and Technical Education Programs. The counselor will conduct a credit/progress check with the student to verify that the substitute course is appropriate and not being used to satisfy other requirements. A transcript and course description (for non-Honolulu Community College courses only) must be attached to EACH request and both the counselor and student sign the form. The form will be submitted to the Discipline Curriculum Liaison, Division Chair of the student’s major, and Division Chair of the academic area for comments and recommendations, then to the Dean of the student’s program for approval. The form will then be forwarded to the Records Office. If the waiver or substitution is approved, it will be noted on the student’s academic record, and the student will be notified of the approval or disapproval.

Approval for a Course Waiver/Substitution will not be granted prior to the successful completion of a course.

Course Waivers and Substitutions
(Liberal Arts)

A student must request a Liberal Arts Course Waiver or Substitution Form through a Pre-Major Advisor or Academic Counselor.The Registrar approves substitutions for Liberal Arts majors under the following conditions:

  • Course waivers and substitutions may be made only in the area of Honolulu CC electives. Students may substitute other Honolulu CC courses if the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs or University College Dean agrees that the substitution will receive applicable transfer credit at the schools to which the student intends to transfer.
  • The substitution must not conflict with other requirements stated in the Honolulu CC catalog for the year used for graduation (total credits, GPR, numbering, area requirements, writing intensive requirements, lab requirements).
  • The substitution must satisfy the transfer AA degree definition of the University of Hawai'i Articulation Policy. Approval will be noted on the student's academic record, and the student will be notified of the decision.

Approval for a Course Waiver/Substitution will not be granted prior to the successful completion of a course.