The General Education Program at Hawai‘i Pacific University is designed to help students lead exultant and courageous lives as intelligent members of a complex society. The purpose of the General Education Program is to provide students with a liberal arts foundation, set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i.
Diverse courses outside the major will inspire lifelong learning by introducing students to ideas, perspectives, and experiences relevant to their lives. The General Education Program cultivates the skills, knowledge, and values expected of all educated persons through the achievement of specific student learning outcomes.
The unique features of the General Education program are the Hawaiian context and Hawai‘i’s place as the crossroads of the Pacific.
This curriculum will be delivered to an internationally diverse, engaged student body and will emphasize multidisciplinary approaches, applied learning, and experiential learning, rooted in a tropical island community.
FIRST‐YEAR CORE CURRICULUM AREAS
Within the first year at HPU or directly following any required foundational mathematics and writing course(s), students will complete one course in each of the following curriculum areas:
Hawai‘i and the Pacific
This curriculum area provides multidisciplinary courses and is required for all HPU students (including transfer students with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree). Courses in this curriculum area are designed to deepen student awareness of the unique place in which they have chosen to live and study. Multidisciplinary courses analyze historical developments, science, politics, values, art, geography, music, religion, and cultural practices within Hawai‘i and across the Pacific.
Quantitative Analysis and Symbolic Reasoning
Courses in this curriculum area prepare students for an increasingly data‐driven society in which the ability to use and critically evaluate information, especially numerical information, is central to the role and requirements of an informed citizen. Students will acquire the skills necessary to identify and understand a given problem, organize relevant information and assumptions, form a conjecture, decide upon and apply an appropriate strategy, draw conclusions, and communicate the result to others.
Through these processes, students will enhance their ability to make rational decisions based on data, and apply mathematical, statistical, or symbolic reasoning to complex problems and decision‐making.
Writing and Information Literacy I
The first course in this sequence facilitates students’ entry into the intellectual life of Hawai‘i Pacific University by helping them to become more capable and independent academic readers and writers. With their small section size and emphases on research, information literacy, the writing and revision process, critical analysis, and collaboration, courses in this curriculum area help students develop academic habits and skills important to their success in future courses.
Writing and Information Literacy II
The second course in this sequence facilitates students’ entry into the intellectual life of Hawai‘i Pacific University. With their small section size and emphases on research, information literacy, the writing and revision process, critical analysis, and collaboration, courses in this curriculum area help students develop academic habits and skills important to their success in future courses.