Department of Arts, Communications, Languages, and Media

Department of Arts, Communications, Languages, and Media

An understanding of the arts, humanities, and languages is fundamental to a liberal arts education. Our programs aspire to broaden and deepen an appreciation of the human condition through an exploration of philosophy, religion, music, languages, the classics, and the arts. Our programs emphasize the following:

  • Interdisciplinary understanding
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and the creative process
  • Adaptability, curiosity and independent thinking
  • A global perspective

Major in Arts and Markets

ARTH  1001 Arts of Oceania 
ARTH  2310 Topics in World Art History 
ARTH  3206 Renaissance to Modern Art 
ARTH  3301 Art of China
ARTH  3321 Art of Japan
ARTH  3351 Art of India and South East Asia 
ARTH  3551 Art of the Pacific
ARTH  3552 Art of the Polynesia
ARTH  3556 Art of Hawaii
ARTH  3611 ART and the Human Body
ARTH  3711 Art of the Pacific
ARTH  3811 Experience Japanese Culture
ARTS  1000 Introduction of Visual Arts
ARTS  1003 Sustainable Art and Design
ARTS  2010 Beginning Drawing
ARTS  2020 Intermediate Drawing 
ARTS  2150 Introduction to Design
ARTS  3051 Photography
CLST  1000 Great Books, East & West
CLST  3100 Female Figures in Classical Myth, Lit & Rel
CLST  3030 Acient Drame
HUM   1270 Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
HUM   3601 Mythology
HUM   3900 Research & Writing in the Humanities
MUS   1000 Introduction to Western Classical Music
MUS   1400 Music Fundamentals I
MUS   1600 Beginning Hula Performance
MUS   1710 International Chorale
MUS   2101 Music in World Culture             
MUS   2400 Music Theory I
MUS   3710 International Vocal Ensemble
MUS   4000 Topics in Music
PHIL   1001 Philosophies of Hawaii & the Pacific
PHIL   2090 Principles of Logic
PHIL   2500 Ethics in America
PHIL   3200 History of Western Philiosphy
PHIL   3260 Exploring Film
PHIL   3200 History of Asian Philosophies
PHIL   3301 Yoga Philosophy 
PHIL   3501 Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics
PHIL   3651 Environmental Ethics
PHIL   3721 Philosophy in Contemporary Literature
PHIL   4500 Global Justice
REL    1000 Introduction to World Religions 
REL    3000 Religion,Sacrifice & Violence
REL    3151 Bible as Literature
REL    3152 Understanding Early Christian Literature
REL    3200 Abrahamic Traditions
REL    3700 Females Figures in the Bible
REL    4002 Religion, Sustainability & Globalization
THEA  2000 Theater Laboratory 
THEA  2320 Acting I:  Basic Acting 
THEA  3500 Applied Technical Theater
THEA  3520 Acting II: Advanced Acting
THEA  3620 Directing 
THEA  4900 Seminar in Theater

Students at HPU can choose to minor in seven different areas of the humanities: Art History, Classical Studies, East-West Classical Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Humanities, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Students at HPU can choose to minor in three areas of the performing arts: Music, Studio Art, and Theatre.

Students at HPU can choose to minor in two languages: Japanese and Spanish.

DEPARTMENT OF Arts, Humanities & languages
500 Ala Moana blvd., wp 6-310, HONOLULU, HI 96813
PHONE:  808.544.0228  |  FAX:  808.544.1424

Alfonso, russell  PH.D.
Assistant Professor of Humanities
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-325, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.9389  |  E-mail:

Boyer, charles  PH.D.
Chair and Assistant Professor of Spanish
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-310, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.356.5208 |  E-mail:

feldman, Jerome  PH.D.
Professor of Art History
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-307 Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.236.5835 |  E-mail:

Assistant to the Dean
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-313, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.0228  |  E-mail:

kITtS, margo  PH.D.
Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-322, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.687.7026  |  E-mail:

lierheimer, LIndA  PH.D.
Professor of Humanities and History (and Dept. Chair of History & International Studies)
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-312, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.0810  |  E-mail:

LopeS, Tracie  m.p.a.
Instructor of Hawaiian Language
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-322, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.0889  |  E-mail:

lopresti, matthew  PH.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-325 Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.0207  |  E-mail:

mccreary, TEResa  ph.d.
Director, Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music
Aloha Tower Marketplace, RM (TBD) Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.0887  |  E-mail:

schumacker, AlExander  ph.d.
Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music
Aloha Tower Marketplace, RM (TBD), Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:  808.544.1127  |  E-mail:


For students interested in joining one or more of the performing arts at HPU, click here


There are two clubs associated with our programs and department:

  • Drama Club
  • Anime Club

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