Liberal Arts

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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.)

What Is Unique About The Program

Students have an opportunity to complete the first two years of college and transfer to a college or university of their choice. Academic Subject Certificates offer selected pre-major options.

Program Prerequisites
  • ENG 100 with ENG 100S or ESL 23 or ENG 100 with 100T or ESL 13 & 14 OR Placement in ENG 100 or higher;
  • Placement in MATH 100 or higher.
Degrees That Can Be Earned
Itemized Estimate of Educational Costs
  • Tuition based on first semester classes.
  • Books approximately $200-$300 per semester.

The student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively by means of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in varied situations and understanding basic quantitative information (mathematical skills).
  • Apply symbolic reasoning skills to solve problems, evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and interpret information.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the life processes, individual development, thinking process, and behavior as well as an understanding of the natural environment of the planet and learn to utilize natural resources without damaging the environment.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension and skill with research methods and scientific inquiry.
  • Display knowledge of different groups and organizations in societies and respect for varied cultural values.
  • Demonstrate a greater ethical understanding and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues.
  • Identify and articulate in a reasoned manner the roots and causal basis of contemporary issues.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of one or more art forms and the role that the arts play in history and culture.