Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Hawai‘i Pacific University have articulated program learning outcomes that guide our assessment of student learning. A program learning outcome (PLO) is a concise statement of what a student should know or be able to do upon completion of an academic program.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Concentration

 Students who select this degree will have the capability to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of organizational vocabulary, structures, and cultures.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes that support systems, stakeholders, and decision-making in professional and global contexts.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to collect and analyze data, draw logical conclusions, and present information in a comprehensive manner.
  4. Effectively communicate qualitative and quantitative information in speaking, writing, and presenting
  5. Perform research, using the appropriate authoritative literature and other secondary sources.
  6. Contribute to project-based activities as both a leader and team member.
  7. Identify attitudes that reflect sound principles, values, ethics, and professional responsibility.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

 Students who earn the Associate of Arts in General Studies will:

  1.  Develop skills in writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, group process, and communication so they can find, evaluate, and implement information effectively to solve problems.
  2. Explore diverse social and cultural viewpoints and gain knowledge about the historical, geographical, natural, technological and contemporary forces that impact and shape the world.
  3. Discern and assess the values that underlie various crucial positions, articulate their own values with coherence and integrity, and participate in community projects that bridge academia and the public good.

 

Associate of Science in Computer Science 

Students who earn the Associate of Science in Computer Science will:

  1. Use spreadsheets for tabular data analyses and corresponding graphics.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts of functions, relations, sets, and counting strategies in problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate logic and proof techniques in solving problems in discrete mathematics.
  4. Apply problem-solving techniques for developing algorithms and computer programs.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate use of fundamental programming constructs and data types.
  6. Apply complex data structures, abstraction, and object-oriented methodologies when developing software solutions for problems.
  7. Create graphical user interfaces to interact with software users.

 

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice will:

  1. Define the operation and purposes of the major components of the criminal justice system, police, courts and corrections.
  2. Develop oral and written skills that effectively articulate analysis of criminal justice research and apply solutions to a wide range of contemporary criminal justice issues.

 

Associate of Science in Health Professions

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Health Professions will:

  1.  Demonstrate the knowledge needed for entrance into, and success in, health profession schools in the fields of Nursing, Pre-Medicine, and Allied
  2. Synthesize a foundation of knowledge for a career in healthcare occupations.

 

 Associate of Science in Homeland Security

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Homeland Security will:

  1.  Apply the perspectives of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and History to demonstrate mastery of Homeland Security.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of key processes in Homeland Security issues and dilemmas.
  3. Make use of critically reflective tools for interpreting pertinent historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects of Homeland Security.

 

Associate of Science in Mathematics

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Mathematics will:

  1.  Interpret and form inferences from mathematical constructs such as tables, formulas, and graphs.
  2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
  3. Apply mathematical techniques toward solving quantitative problems in mathematics, statistics, and in other math-based disciplines.

 

Associate of Science in Military Studies

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Military Studies will:

  1. Apply the perspectives of history, political science, and international relations to understand military studies
  2. Place questions and issues concerning the role of the military within their chronological and geographical context to serve as a foundation for more in-depth inquiries.
  3. Make use of critically reflective tools for interpreting pertinent historical, cultural, philosophical, and political issues.

 

Associate of Science in Supervisory Leadership

 Students who earn the Associate of Science in Supervisory Leadership will:

  1. Explain the use of motivational theories and principles in leading employees.
  2. Describe the functions and responsibilities of supervisors as leaders.
  3. Demonstrate the functions of a team as a constructive member and as its leader.

 

Bachelor in Public Administration

 The Bachelor in Public Administration will:

  1.  Ensure that students are able to identify problems or objectives associated with public administration issues, collect and analyze evidence in support of those problems or objectives, assess assumptions, and define relevant individual perspectives.
  2. Facilitate student communication both in writing and orally and in individual and team presentations such that their thought and feeling are synthesized relevantly, effectively, and clearly, and persuasively communicate their perspectives through written language and oral communication.
  3. Confirm that students can interpret, calculate, analyze, and interpret quantitative information using mathematical, statistical and/or reasoning to solve complex problems.
  4. Utilize motivational theories and principles for leading employees to include performance evaluations, counseling and career development, grievance, and disciplinary procedures.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Development

Upon completion of the program, students who major in human resource development will be able to:

  1.  Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate training and development activities aimed at increasing the performance of individuals or groups in organizational setting.
  2. Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate organizational development activities based on behavioral science that are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of organizations.
  3. Describe, design, recommend, and evaluate talent management strategies or systems to attract, utilize, and retain people with the skills and aptitude required to meet organizational goals.
  4. Develop a holistic perspective of HRD activities by creating an HRD project aligned with the strategic business objectives of an organization.

 

Bachelor of Arts in an Individualized Major

 Upon completion of the program, students with an individualized major will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed learner by determining individual academic objectives, forming a plan for execution, and evaluating the resulting learning.
  2. Show proficiency with information literacy while accomplishing research relevant to the industry, government, or research area in which they are working.
  3. Be able to effectively communicate verbally applicable to situations common in academic settings, workplaces, or leadership positions.
  4. Demonstrate expertise in a focused area of study from several disciplines or in one or two fields.
  5. Be able to effectively communicate in writing applicable to situations common in academic settings, workplaces, or leadership positions.

 

Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education

 Students who complete the Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education will:

  1.  Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and design and implement developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Use an understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments, which enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning and encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and create learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his or her practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning and collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

 

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

 Students who major in Criminal Justice will:

  1.  Critically analyze the criminal justice system and its aims and objectives.
  2. Apply their knowledge to evaluate and analyze the causes, consequences and responses to crime and its interrelatedness to a broad range of criminal justice applications.
  3. Define the operation and purposes of the major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.
  4. Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills through creating practical solutions to contemporary issues identified through the study of the processes of national and global criminal justice systems.
  5. Develop oral and written skills that effectively articulate analysis of criminal justice research and apply solutions to a wide range of contemporary criminal justice issues.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 Students who major in nursing will:

  1.  Clinical Practice: Apply theoretical knowledge with demonstration of skill and judgment to provide safe patient centered care across the lifespan using the nursing process.
  2. Evidence-based Practice: Integrate evidence to guide clinical practice and evaluate outcomes of care.
  3. Leadership: Apply leadership and communication skills in diverse organizational systems.
  4. Professionalism/Ethics: Practice nursing care by incorporating legal and ethical decision making, utilizing current standards of practice.
  5. Quality Improvement and Safety: Perform safe nursing care and incorporate methods to optimize patient outcomes.
  6. Health Care Informatics: Promote innovation and utilize information systems and technology in charting, decision making, research, and scholarship.
  7. Health Policy and Advocacy: Apply knowledge of health policy, patient advocacy and health needs of all populations that addresses access to care, equity, quality and cost efficacy.
  8. Inter-professional Collaboration: Collaborate and communicate effectively with other professionals and interdisciplinary teams to improve health care outcomes.
  9. Transcultural care: Integrate the values, beliefs, and health practices of diverse populations to promote quality outcomes.

 

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

 Students who major in Public Health will:

  1.  Integrate knowledge from General Education courses and biological, physical, social and health sciences to synthesize skills in computing, speaking, writing and analysis, research, and critical thinking in daily tasks and activities related to public health practices.
  2. Apply acquired knowledge and communication skills to work effectively individually and in teams toward accomplishing goals in public health.
  3. Apply knowledge of public health issues and cultural competency and the impact of cultural values and ethnicity on understanding health and illness, wellness management, and the utilization of public health services to improve population health.
  4. Analyze current Federal and State health legislation, regulations, and standards, and their effect on public health professional practice.
  5. Evaluate population-based data and patterns of morbidity and mortality using epidemiological methods.
  6. Analyze health-related theories that drive health-behavior change interventions and programs.
  7. Utilize scientific research methods to evaluate efficacy of health promotion, wellness management and disease prevention programs.

 

Bachelor of Social Work

  1. Student demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Student engages diversity and difference practice.
  3. Student advances human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Student engages in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Student engages in policy practice.
  6. Student engages with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  7. Student assesses individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Student intervenes with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Student evaluates practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

 Students who major in Communication Studies will:

  1. Demonstrate oral communication competency.
  2. Understand and apply rhetorical theory to communication purposes.
  3. Evaluate and critique examples of communication.
  4. Adjust communication content and delivery to a diversity of contexts.

 

Bachelor of Arts in English

 Students who major in English will:

  1. Demonstrate transferable analytical skills such as the ability to summarize, interpret, and evaluate complex texts.
  2. Demonstrate transferable communication skills such as writing clearly and persuasively, revising and editing their own and others’ writing, and making effective oral presentations.
  3. Employ appropriate research methods to locate and evaluate information and will effectively present their own arguments with support from primary and secondary texts.
  4. Recognize and analyze various textual forms and strategies in academic and creative genres.
  5. Employ various textual strategies in academic and creative genres.
  6. Examine the ways in which texts shape and/or are shaped by history, culture, and context.
  7. Respond to and analyze diverse texts from various cultures.
  8. Articulate or identify important theoretical concepts and approaches and apply them in interpreting or analyzing texts.

 

Bachelor of Arts in History

 Students who major in history will:

  1.  Comprehend and apply various research and analytical methodologies to the study of history while developing an appreciation for diverse historical viewpoints.
  2. Place historical questions and issues of enduring importance within their chronological and geographical contexts.
  3. Gain a historical understanding of diverse cultures and regions of the world across time.
  4. Critically reflect on the development of the world’s major civilizations and cultures from indigenous and comparative perspectives while exploring the richness and diversity of heritages relevant to the informed global citizen living in a pluralistic present.
  5. Recognize the nature of global processes, as they operate in an historical framework, through the study of global systems such as capitalism, gender, warfare, religion, etc.
  6. Demonstrate critical analytic and reasoning skills useful in a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic endeavors.
  7. Effectively and clearly communicate historical ideas both orally and in writing.
  8. Understand the construction of value systems across time and within world cultures and thus promote the development of their own personal, ethical, and moral frameworks.

 

Bachelor of Arts in East-West Humanities

  1.  Specialized Knowledge: Develop familiarity with prominent features of the literature, art, philosophies, and religions of the world.
  2. Broad, Integrative Knowledge, and Intellectual Skills: Articulate core values, world views, ideals and forms of artistic expression associated with the human experience, and place them within their cultural and historical contexts.
  3. Applied Learning and Intellectual Skills: Demonstrate higher-level writing competencies through the composition of interpretive essays and research papers.
  4. Civic Leaning: Cultivate moral reasoning, along with an awareness of the ethical sensibilities of diverse peoples as presented in their literary, artistic, philosophical and/or religious works.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Multimedia

 The major in Integrated Multimedia will enable students to:

  1. Acquire the technical and creative multimedia skills to produce and deploy effective graphical and audio-visual artifacts and online content.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively to targeted and mass audiences through media creation and interaction.
  3. Gain skills in creating and distributing multimedia content via online and emerging technologies.
  4. Acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the technological development and history of modern electronic media systems.
  5. Develop an understanding of the local and global influence of electronic media and the ethical and legal responsibilities of media practitioners.

 

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

 Students who major in International Studies will:

  1. Develop competency in various theoretical approaches in the field of global studies and international relations.
  2. Be able to conduct rigorous comparative analysis of global issues in a regional context and within social science disciplines.
  3. Work within conceptual frameworks to analyze the global arena of politics, economics, and social/cultural issues.
  4. Gain proficiency in critical skills in international relations to include an emphasis on research and communication skills, knowledge of various world cultures, and global systems.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Cinematic Production

 Students who major in Multimedia Cinematic Production will:

  1. Acquire the technical and creative multimedia skills to produce effective graphical, performative and audio-visual artifacts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively to targeted and mass audiences through media creation.
  3. Gain skills in creating and distributing multimedia messages via online and emerging technologies.
  4. Acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the technological development and history of modern electronic media systems.
  5. Develop an understanding of the local and global influence of electronic media and the ethical and legal responsibilities of media practitioners.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

 Students who major in Political Science will:

  1. Be knowledgeable about American, comparative, and international politics.
  2. Understand the dynamics of power and decision making in various political systems.
  3. Be able to analyze the political-economic relationship within geopolitical areas.
  4. Be able to make comparisons among different political structures within the world, to include the congressional and parliamentary systems.
  5. Understand competing historical and contemporary political thought that underpins political systems.
  6. Be able to perform a self-reflective analysis of the institutions that socialize individuals into their political constructs.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

 Students who major in psychology will:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will be prepared to demonstrate ASK:

  1.  Attitudes of a professional: They are collegial toward their peers, enthusiastic toward the profession and thoughtfully reflective about their teaching They display personal, professional and cultural sensitivity toward their students.
  2. Skills of an effective language teacher: They possess excellent spoken and written English skills. They can critically evaluate ESL or EFL texts, prepare and teach effective lessons, apply sound principles in assessment and feedback, and respond appropriately to student needs in a given class.
  3. Knowledge of the English language, language learning processes, and pedagogical principles: They can base their teaching on knowledge of the English sound system, grammar, and variations in context; the stages and complexities of second language learning; and communicative language.

 

Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and Military Studies

 Students who major in Diplomacy and Military Studies will be able to:

  1.  Discuss and apply the various methodologies and approaches to the study of history, political science, and international relations in a military context.
  2. Place questions and issues concerning the role of the military within their chronological and geographical context to serve as a foundation for more in-depth inquiries.
  3. Make use of critically reflective tools for interpreting pertinent historical, cultural, philosophical, and political issues.
  4. Articulate the moral and ethical concerns raised through the study of the relationship of the military to society and technology
  5. Appreciate the importance of the military as an instrument for the preservation of peace rather than the waging of war.
  6. Serve as responsible, moral leaders.
  7. Be prepared to undertake graduate study in history, political science, international relations, and related fields.

 

Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication

 Students who major in Mass Communication will be able to:

  1. Build integrated strategic communication programs in business, professional, and social environments, including; research and planning, rationale, and implementation techniques.
  2. Produce a professional, entry-level mass communication portfolio.
  3. Apply First Amendment, copyright, contract laws in Mass Communication situations.
  4. Build a foundation for lifelong learning and advanced education in Mass Communication.

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

 Students who major in Environmental Studies will:

 Demonstrate an understanding of factual base, processes, and relationships that constitute a working foundation in the environmental sciences.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, economic, political, and legal framework in which environmental issues are enmeshed.
  2. Critically analyze and formulate possible solutions to complex environmental issues that include consideration of social, economic, and political as well as scientific issues.
  3. Access, comprehend, and communicate information to and from the many audiences required by a practitioner in field of environmental science.
  4. Develop a working knowledge of techniques used to gather and analyze information in environmental studies, including project design, sampling, measurement, geographic image interpretation, hazardous materials concerns, statistical and graphical analysis, and other computational skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of divergent ethical views of environmental issues, distinguish them from scientific or legal viewpoints, formulate their own environmental ethic, and articulate it to others.

 

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

 Content Areas:

  1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the physical/chemical principles that provide significant insight into the functioning of living systems as measured through standardized subject exams developed by the American Chemical Society.
  2. Know key concepts and principles regarding biochemical structures, principal biochemical pathways of living organisms and the molecular basis of biochemical processes.

 Laboratory Techniques:

  1. Understand the theory and learn to operate a wide variety of advanced biochemical instrumentation.
  2. Perform laboratory techniques involving chromatographic separations, analyses and purifications.
  3. Perform laboratory techniques involving key biochemical reactions, procedures and functions.

 Acquired Skills:

  1. Access and critically analyze literature in the field of biochemistry.
  2. Identify and discuss the major issues, including ethical ones, at the forefront of the discipline of biochemistry.
  3. Use oral, written, and visual presentations to present their work to both a science literate and a general audience.
  4. Use computers as information and research tools, including data acquisition and statistical analysis.

 Pre-Health Professions Concentration (additional objective):

  1.  Enhance students’ competitiveness for entry into health related professional school as evaluated by acceptance rates.

 

Bachelor of Science in Biology

 Students who major in Biology will:

  1.  Apply the fundamental knowledge, principles, processes and systems in the natural sciences to solve biological problems.
  2. Integrate advanced concepts across the breadth of biology subject areas, including cellular, molecular, and organismal biology, ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life.
  3. Conduct observational and experimental studies in biology, with appropriate experimental design and application of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques.
  4. Find, read, and evaluate published biological research from a variety of sources.
  5. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats with effective presentation techniques.
  6. Exhibit professionalism and commitment to uphold scientific ethics.

 

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Chemistry program objectives are based on the published American Chemical Society (ACS) guidelines for chemistry programs.

 Content Areas: Students who complete the Chemistry major will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. Introductory chemistry: periodic table, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical thermodynamics, atomic structure, molecular structure, intermolecular forces, acids and bases, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, crystal structures, and electrochemistry.
  2. Core foundational areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
  3. Specialized coursework: in the form of advanced elective courses and/or research experiences within or integrating between some of the above areas, to nurture maturity in the field.

 Laboratory Experience: Chemistry is primarily an experimental science. The Chemistry major thus requires over 400 hours in the laboratory. While many of these lab courses are specific in topic, for students they represent an invaluable introduction and exposure to general laboratory environments and practices. Students will:

  1.  Understand the theory and learn to operate a wide variety of advanced biochemical instrumentation.
  2. Use computers as information and research tools, including data acquisition, statistical analysis and molecular modeling.
  3. Demonstrate safety in the laboratory and practice environmentally sound disposal methods.
  4. Prepare effective presentations of laboratory data and be able to clearly communicate scientific information in the form of laboratory reports and oral presentations.

 Research Experience: All students in the major will complete a senior research project as part of their capstone experience. Many students may choose to involve themselves in ongoing faculty research projects before that:

  1.  Demonstrate a practical understanding of a variety of contemporary scientific methods in the process of carrying out research project experiments.
  2. Access and critically analyze literature and to derive chemical information through the use of molecular search engines such as SciFinder™.
  3. Design experimental protocols, analyze data and demonstrate critical problem solving skills to troubleshoot.
  4. Communicate findings in both oral and written presentations.

 Pre-Health Professions Concentration:

  1.  Enhance students’ competitiveness for entry into health related professional school as evaluated by acceptance rates.

 

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

 Students who major in Computer Science will:

  1. Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies, programming constructs, and data types for designing and developing algorithms and computer programs.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of mathematical foundations of computer science, such as discrete mathematics, and apply logic and proof techniques in solving problems.
  3. Analyze and demonstrate knowledge of fundamental algorithms such as sorting and graph algorithms, algorithmic strategies, fundamental data structures, and complexity classes; determine complexity measures for algorithms.
  4. Apply data modeling and database design techniques to develop relational database systems.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of data communications, networking, and distributed-systems; apply this knowledge to systems that use the Internet or other networks.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of digital representations of information, digital logic principles and components, and digital architectures and organization.
  7. Describe and apply principles of computer operating systems, including memory management and resource scheduling.
  8. Employ professional software development models, testing principles, documentation techniques, teamwork, and project management skills for building software applications that include quality control, scalability, reliability, maintainability, and usability.
  9. Be prepared to undertake graduate study or professional work in any of a broad range of computer-related positions and possibly involving collaboration with other disciplines.

 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

 Students who major in environmental science will:

  1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the factual base, processes, and relationships that constitute a working foundation in the environmental sciences.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, economic, political, and legal framework in which environmental issues are enmeshed.
  3. Critically analyze and formulate possible solutions to complex environmental issues that include consideration of social, economic, and political as well as scientific issues.
  4. Access, comprehend, and communicate information to and from the many audiences required by a practitioner in field of environmental science.
  5. Develop a working knowledge of techniques used to gather and analyze information in environmental studies, including project design, sampling, measurement, geographic image interpretation, hazardous materials concerns, statistical and graphical analysis, and other computational skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of divergent ethical views of environmental issues, distinguish them from scientific or legal viewpoints, formulate their own environmental ethic, and articulate it to the others.
  7. Be well-prepared for graduate studies in a related discipline or for entry-level positions in the discipline.

 

Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

 Students majoring in marine biology will:

  1. Demonstrate broad basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in the biological and physical sciences.
  2. Integrate scientific principles to explain complex biological problems in the marine environment.
  3. Plan and implement observational and experimental studies of marine organisms and ecosystems and analyze the data obtained from these studies using appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques.
  4. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats using appropriate computer applications for data analysis and presentation.
  5. Find and evaluate published information from a variety of printed and electronic sources.
  6. Use a biological perspective to analyze complex problems and develop relevant questions pertaining to the marine environment.

 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration

 Students who major in mathematics:

  1. Interpret, calculate, analyze, represent, and clearly communicate quantitative information through mathematical tools (e.g., equations, graphs, or diagrams).
  2. Solve applied problems in mathematics, statistics, or in other math based disciplines.
  3. Construct and critique mathematical proofs.
  4. Develop comprehensive oral skills using the language of mathematics in order to articulate mathematical ideas and explain results.

 

Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

 Students majoring in oceanography will:

  1. Understand fundamental principles in the physical and biological sciences.
  2. Integrate scientific principles from chemistry, physics, geology, and biology to explain processes in the marine environment.
  3. Plan and implement observational and experimental studies of marine systems and analyze the data obtained from these studies using appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques.
  4. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats using appropriate computer applications for data analysis and presentation.
  5. Find and evaluate published information from a variety of printed and electronic sources.
  6. Use an interdisciplinary perspective to analyze complex problems and develop relevant questions pertaining to marine systems.

General Education Program

 The General Education Curriculum features three program objectives that are aligned with thirteen student learning outcomes:

 Skills (Mākau Naʻauao):

 Students will develop skills in writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, group process, and communication so they can find, evaluate, and implement information effectively to solve problems.

  1.  Critical Thinking – Students will synthesize information from text and/or other media, explain issues, analyze concepts and evidence, assess assumptions, define their own perspectives and positions, and evaluate the implications and consequences of their conclusions.
  2. Communication – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly, and persuasively convey their perspectives through written, oral, or visual communication, in English or modern languages.
  3. Information and Technology Literacy – Students will recognize the need for information and will use technology to locate, interpret, determine the credibility of, and use the information effectively, ethically, and legally.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning Students will interpret, calculate, analyze, represent, and clearly communicate quantitative information through mathematical tools (e.g. equations, graphs, or diagrams).
  5. Creative Problem-Solving Students will define and research problems, identify problem-solving strategies, generate and select appropriate solutions, and evaluate their outcomes.
  6. Aesthetic Appreciation and Expression – Students will engage in creative practices to interpret creative works and express ideas through the arts.
  7. Teamwork Students will identify best practices for effective teamwork and group dynamics, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and contribute in groups and resolve conflicts.

 Knowledge and Perspectives (‘Ike):

 Students will explore diverse social and cultural viewpoints and gain knowledge about the historical, geographical, natural, technological, and contemporary forces that impact and shape the world.

  1.  Natural Sciences Students will investigate the natural world, demonstrate problem-solving skills, and utilize the scientific method to develop hypotheses and propose experimental methods to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
  2. Historical and Conceptual Perspectives Students will investigate the major concepts, ideologies, and movements that have molded the development of human societies to interpret the temporal framework of contemporary society.
  3. Sustainability – Through a multidisciplinary perspective and applied, experiential learning opportunities, students will examine the interconnections and interdependency of ecological, social-cultural, and economic systems, and explain how the dynamics of these systems impact nature, human communities, and cultures.
  4. Societies and Cultures – Students will explore cross-cultural perspectives, investigate trends, and analyze issues of various communities. They will identify behaviors, thoughts, and perspectives that both distinguish regions, countries, languages and cultures from one another and connect them.

 Values (Mea Waiwai):

 Students will discern and assess the values that underlie various critical positions, articulate their own values with coherence and integrity, and participate in community projects that bridges academia and the public good.

  1.  Civic Engagement – Students will identify best practices in civic engagement and engage in efforts to constructively influence the public good.
  2. Ethical Reasoning and Values – Students will identify, articulate, and evaluate the ethical perspectives of others and themselves.

All coursework and extra- and co-curricular activities in the Honors Program will address one or more of these outcomes:

  1.  Investigation – Practice the systematic process of exploring an issue, object or work through the collection and analysis of evidence, resulting in informed conclusions or judgments.
  2. Integration – Develop the ability to integrate, evaluate, and apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines and sources.
  3. Intentionality – Demonstrate the purposeful ability to transfer skills, theories, or methods to problem solving inside and outside the classroom.
  4. Initiative – Cultivate and demonstrate leadership skills, work effectively in teams, and demonstrate self-leadership within the honors experience and in the wider community.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

 Students who complete the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management will:

  1.  Understand and apply appropriate theories and methods for HRM.
  2. Develop broad perspectives necessary for analyzing HRM in organizations.
  3. Integrate strategy, structure, technology, and people into HRM applications.
  4. Relate the HRM process to various national and business settings.
  5. Use contemporary HRM techniques in a variety of cross-cultural and societal settings.
  6. Understand various HRM models for creating organizational improvements.

 

Master of Arts in Organization Development and Change

 Students who complete the Master of Arts in Organization Development and Change will:

  1.  Incorporate the foundations, history, and evolution of organization development and change, social, political, and economic forces that led to the emergence of ODC in their interactions with organizations.
  2. Integrate a systems perspective in their diagnosis, assessment, intervention planning, and implementation of interventions of organizational development and change process.
  3. Employ classical and emerging theories and models of development and change in the design of interventions, process improvements, and related activities using facilitation and process consultation for individuals, groups, and organizations.
  4. Lead change and development activities through entering a system, developing effective relationships, contracting for goals, outcomes, and resources; discovering, diagnosing, assessing, designing, and selecting interventions at the appropriate level of a system based on knowledge of self, individual employee, and organizational values.
  5. Assess organizational/system shared assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, values, and norms at the group, organizational, national, and global levels in order to determine the appropriateness of the culture for change.
  6. Conduct a systems-based diagnosis of organizations, assess and evaluate collected data, and feedback results to stakeholders following an action research model.

 

Master of Business Administration with Concentration

 Students who complete the Master of Business Administration will:

  1. Develop a strategic level understanding of key business functions.
  2. Analyze and evaluate business performance by assessing strategic position and business functions
  3. Create innovative business solutions by demonstrating critical thinking skills, assessing industry trends, and adapting to the global environment.
  4. Communicate effectively by designing and delivering written works and oral presentations to include business reports, academic papers, and research products.
  5. Assess the legal, professional, and ethical implications of business decisions including intercultural practices and social responsibility.
  6. Apply effective leadership principles and practices in a global context through engagements in competent teamwork.

 

Master of Science in Information Systems

 Students who complete the Master of Science in Information Systems will:

  1.  Be a specialist in information and systems, not just technology.
  2. Be comfortable with large-scale, complex problems and issues.
  3. Be able to recognize the seminal ideas in information systems and to apply them to advantage to all consumers, internal and external.
  4. Be used to change and know how to resolve uncertain, confused, and misunderstood conditions.
  5. Be skilled in the science of building recommendations from an intellectually sound base.
  6. Be committed to the idea that people, not hardware and software, are responsible for the effective performance of systems.
  7. Understand the dynamic nature of modern organizations; recognize that assumptions, ideas, actions, and policies must be re-validated on a timely basis; and that flexibility is a powerful strategic tool.

Master of Education in Elementary Education

 Students who complete the Master of Education in Elementary Education will:

  1. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Use an understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning and collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

 

Master of Education in Secondary Education

 Students who complete the Master of Education in Secondary Education Program will:

  1. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Use understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Plan instruction that support every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Engages in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and action on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Master of Public Health

 Master of Public Health graduates will be able to:

  1.  Design evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, grounded on comprehensive public health knowledge, skills, and abilities, for professional practice, research, planning, and evaluation.
  2. Collaborate with individuals, teams, and organizations toward accomplishing public health goals using effective written, oral, and online communication skills.
  3. Reflect on own cultural biases in the development of cultural humility, sensitivity, and competencies in addressing public health issues to improve population and global health.
  4. Explicate the social, occupational, environmental, behavioral, psychological, and physiological determinants of individual and population health.
  5. Integrate theories, empirical evidence, and best practices in the development and devaluation of programs or interventions to effectively change the determinants of health.
  6. Utilize public health research methods to understand health determinants, co-factors, and resiliencies and to evaluate public health efforts towards improving population health.
  7. Propose public health programs focused on improving community health using principles and theories of social justice.
  8. Produce a community-based capstone project that demonstrates integration and application of program learning outcomes 1-7.

 

Master of Science in Nursing

 The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner graduate will:

  1.  Advanced Clinical Practice. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to independently provide direct patient care that incorporates assessment, diagnosis and treatment across the life span (geriatrics, adult, women’s and pediatrics) within a variety of settings.
  2. Evidence-Based Practice. Synthesize the evidence based practice guidelines, critical thinking, and reflection to provide appropriate care as the foundation to practice.
  3. Transformational Demonstrate transformational leadership in the nursing profession.
  4. Professionalism/Ethics. Practice as an independent provider ethically bound to operate within the guidelines, standards and scope of practice.
  5. Quality Improvement and Safety. Integrate current evidence to improve the quality of clinical practice and promote safe care.
  6. Health Care Incorporate knowledge of clinical decision support tools to assist in charting, decision making, research and scholarship.
  7. Health Policy and Appraise the interdependence of health policy to act as an advocate of policy that pro- motes access to care, equity and cost efficacy.
  8. Inter-professional Collaborative practice with other professionals in the health care system.
  9. Transcultural Maximize the client’s health and wellbeing within the parameters of the client’s own cultural traditions and beliefs.

 The Master of Science in Nursing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate will:

 1. Advanced Clinical Practice

  • Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to independently provide direct patient care that incorporates the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment across the adult life span (adult & geriatrics) within acute care and critical care hospital settings.
  • Assess the complex acute, critical, and chronically-ill patient for urgent and emergent conditions, using both physiologically and technologically derived data, to evaluate for physiologic instability and risk for potential life-threatening conditions.
  • Develop effective collaboration with both formal and informal caregivers and professional staff to achieve optimal care outcomes during complex acute, critical, and chronic illness attending to variations across the lifespan.
  • Serve as a knowledge resource regarding clinical and/or care issues related to the design and development of complex acute, critical, and chronic health services for care of the adult-gerontology population.

2. Evidence-Based Practice

  • Promote the delivery of evidence-based care for patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic physical and mental illness.
  • Participate in the design and/or implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, age-appropriate professional standards and guidelines for care.
  • Contribute to knowledge development for improved care of the adult-gerontology acute care population, by participation in quality improvement, program evaluation, translation of evidence into practice, and/or dissemination of evidence.

3. Transformational Leadership

  • Demonstrate leadership to promote improved health care outcomes for the adult– older adult population in practice, policy, and other venues.

4. Professionalism/Ethics

  • Practice as an autonomous and independent provider ethically bound to operate within the guidelines, standards and scope of practice of the health care institution and state.
  • Advocate for the patient’s and family’s rights regarding healthcare decision-making such as emancipation, conservatorship, guardianship, durable power of attorney, health care proxy, advance directives and informed consent, taking into account ethical and legal standards.

5. Quality Improvement and Safety

  • Integrate current evidence to improve the quality of clinical practice and promote safe care.

6. Health Care Informatics

  • Incorporate knowledge of clinical decision support tools to assist in charting, decision making and delineation of resources, evidence based research and scholarship.

7. Health Policy and Advocacy

  • Appraise the interdependence of health policy to act as an advocate of policy that promotes access to care, equity, quality and cost efficacy.

8. Inter-professional Collaboration

  • Work collaboratively with a variety of health professionals to achieve patient care goals, promote stabilization and restoration of health in complex acute, critical, and chronic illness.
  • Promote collaboration among members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to facilitate optimal care for patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic illnesses considering variations across the adult lifespan.

9. Transcultural Care

  • Collaborate with the individual, family, and caregivers in the development of educational interventions appropriate to the complex acute, critical, and chronically ill patient’s needs, values, developmental and cognitive level, and health literacy.
  • Educate individuals, families, caregivers, and groups regarding strategies to manage the interaction among normal development, aging, and mental and physical disorders.
  • Adapt teaching-learning approaches based on physiological and psychological changes, age, developmental stage, cognitive status, readiness to learn, health literacy, the environment, and available resources.

 Master of Social Work


  1. To prepare graduates who will demonstrate competence in social work practice at an advanced level with client systems of all sizes.
  2. To prepare graduates to work effectively with diverse populations in multicultural settings.
  3. To prepare graduates to understand the social contexts of social work practice at micro, mezzo, and macro levels, including the changing nature of those contexts, and who advocate for social and economic justice.
  4. To promote the values and ethics of professional social work in the program and in its graduates’ practice.
  5. To develop in graduates an appropriate foundation for a valuing of lifelong learning, leadership, and generation of knowledge.

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

 Students who complete the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will:

  1. Understand professional issues relevant to the practice of counseling and psychology; and demonstrate the ability to apply and adhere to the legal and ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for individual differences and the diversity of social, cultural and environmental influences on human behavior, and apply multicultural competencies in practice.
  3. View human behavior, problems, and concerns from a perspective of human growth and development.
  4. Develop an understanding of career development and related life factors and the effects on an individual’s mental health and lifestyle.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge, skill and multicultural competency related to counseling needs in the clinical mental health setting: etiology, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
  6. Demonstrate theoretical and experiential understanding of the principles, issues, and dynamics of group work; and be able to ethically and competently conduct group counseling.
  7. Be able to accurately interpret, evaluate and contribute to professional research literature, and to guide and evaluate counseling practices through research and program evaluation.
  8. Demonstrate self-awareness, social and environmental responsibility, and a commitment to services and lifelong learning.

 

Master of Arts in Communication 

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Communication will: 

  1. Understand and be able to apply a variety of communication theories.
  2. Understand and be able to employ research techniques used in the social sciences to analyze, interpret, and present data effectively.
  3. Have developed the ability to apply communication principles in various contexts, and to projects for actual clients.
  4. Demonstrate dynamic, effective, and persuasive oral communication skills.
  5. Write clearly, concisely, correctly, and in an appropriate style for the communication objective.

 

Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies will:

  1.  Discuss and apply at an advanced and current level the various methodologies and approaches to the study of history, political science, and international relations in a diplomatic and military context.
  2. Place questions and issues concerning the role of the military within their chronological and geographical context in the course of more in-depth inquiries.
  3. Make use of critically reflective tools for interpreting pertinent historical, cultural, philosophical, and political issues.
  4. Articulate the moral and ethical concerns raised through the study of the relationship of force and diplomacy to society and technology.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to integrate complex issues relating to the role of diplomacy and the military in a substantial piece of research, producing a professional paper of quality.
  6. Be prepared to undertake further graduate study in history, political science, international relations, and related fields. 

 

Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development

 Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program will:

  1. Think systemically and thus identify and analyze the structural causes that underlie global issues and problems.
  2. Search collaboratively for solutions to global problems and issues that meet the expectations of multiple stakeholders within ecological limits.
  3. Critique events, decisions, and issues related to globalization in terms of both their short and long-term consequences across multiple stakeholders, including the natural world.
  4. Recognize that the dynamic, complex and interdependent nature of globalization forces requires transparency and democratic processes for optimum solutions if social justice is to be achieved.
  5. Analyze global issues using systems thinking concepts and tools, g., causal-loop diagrams, timeline analysis, structural analysis.
  6. Engage in self-reflection of their leadership potential and put in place a personalized plan to develop the leader within.
  7. Conceptualize, initiate, and lead change programs that enhance the sustainable development dimension of human systems.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be prepared to demonstrate ASK:

  1. Attitudes of a professional towards colleagues and students, MA holders will demonstrate teamwork and Towards the discipline, MA holders will demonstrate a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking, and reflection. Towards the global community, MA holders will demonstrate cultural sensitivity and global citizenship.
  2. Skills in spoken and written communication, in academic and pedagogical research, and in teaching including materials development and lesson planning, delivery, management, and assessment.
  3. Knowledge of the major subfields of linguistics, the theories of second language acquisition, and the principles of language teaching methods; and be able to articulate their own philosophy of language teaching, explaining the principles on which it is based.

Master of Science in Marine Science

 Students who successfully complete the Master of Science in Marine Science will:

  1. Demonstrate an interdisciplinary knowledge of marine systems.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement observational, theoretical, and experimental studies.
  3. Interpret and critique professional scientific literature.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply and integrate scientific principles and research data to address complex questions in marine systems.
  5. Demonstrate competence in scientific communication through technical and scientific reports, publications, and oral presentations.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism and scientific ethics.
  7. Have the competence to gain employment in advanced positions or entrance to a doctoral program in related fields.