Academics: Liberal Arts

Kūlana Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Programs)

Kūlana Hawaiʻi is comprised of the Nā Papa Hawaiʻi-Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Programs, and the Hulili Ke Kukui-Hawaiian Center. Nā Papa Hawaiʻi off ers courses in Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian plants, Hawaiian Literature, and Voyaging. Hulili Ke Kukui offers comprehensive support services including the Poʻi Nā Nalu-Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program which provides peer assisted English, Math and Physics gateway courses.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department offers courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

Division Chairs: Jennifer Higa-King (845-9160,

Faculty: John DeLay, Rob Edmondson, Jennifer Higa-King, Lena Low, Fumiko Takasugi, Reginald Wood

Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Department offers courses in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology and Geophysics, Meteorology, Microbiology, Oceanography, Physics, General Science and Zoology.

Liaison: Femar Lee, 847-9841,

Faculty: Richard Brill, Michael Ferguson, Kakkala Gopalakrishnan, Shidong Kan, Brent Rubio, Eric Shaw, John Shen, Paul Sherard, Kerry Tanimoto, Gregory Witteman


Students planning to take courses in Mathematics at Honolulu Community College should be aware that the courses are arranged in a definite sequence, with each course either serving as preparation for a succeeding course or as a final course in one part of the sequence. To help the student better visualize this sequence, a schematic is presented in the "Course Descriptions" section of the catalog under Mathematics. Specific prerequisites also are listed in the Course Descriptions section. A grade of "C" or higher in prerequisite courses is required.

Language Arts

The Language Arts Department offers non-credit and credit courses in Composition, Literature, Technical Writing, Journalism, Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Literature (EALL), and English as a Second Language (ESL). It also offers Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Spanish courses.

Liaison: Jeff Stearns, 845-9276,


The Humanities Department offers courses in American Studies, Art, Asian Studies, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Speech and Theater.

Division Chair: Jennifer Higa-King (845-9160,

Faculty: Kara Kam-Kalani, Mieko Matsumoto, Chris Ann Moore, Sharleen Nakamoto-Levine, Mitchell Okamura, David Panisnick, Patrick Patterson, Ronald Pine, Cynthia Smith, David Wong

Liberal Arts

Brief Program Description/Goals

Courses at the 100- and 200-level are offered to meet the University of Hawaiʻi general education requirements and may be applied towards a four-year baccalaureate degree. The College also provides courses that meet pre-major requirements in many areas in the arts and sciences as well as courses to meet preprofessional requirements (College of Business, College of Education, School of Social Work, etc.)

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