Core Curriculum Areas

Following or in tandem with the First Year Common Core, students will be required to take one course in each of the remaining eight curriculum areas:

Courses explore multiple histories, social movements, cultural heritages, and belief systems that shape the United States – its norms, laws, public policies and discourses – in the context of the country’s rich and varied cultural diversity. Students will develop oral communication skills, consider ethical and social decisions from multiple perspectives, explore individual and group beliefs, and critically examine factors supporting and sustaining inequitable treatment of groups of people in the U.S.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills, knowledge, perspectives, and values:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • COMMUNICATION (ORAL) – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through oral presentations.

KNOWLEDGE & PERSPECTIVES (`IKE):

  • 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.

  • 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):

  • ETHICAL REASONING AND VALUES – Students will identify, articulate, and evaluate the ethical perspectives of others and themselves.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

AMST 2000 – Topics in American Studies

HIST 1401 – American Stories: Themes in American History to 1877

HIST 1402 – The American Experience: 1865 to Present

HUM 1270 – Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies

PADM 1000 - Introduction to Leadership in America (effective Fall 2017)

PHIL 2500 - Ethics in America (effective Fall 2017)

PSCI 1400 – The American Political System 

SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology (effective Fall 2017)

The creative arts celebrate the human capacity to imagine, create, and transform ideas into expressive forms, such as paintings, poems, music, theater, digital design, and photography. Courses introduce students to ways of experiencing and understanding a variety of artistic concepts, structures, and forms. Students will engage in imaginative and intuitive practices to develop their ability to understand creative works and express ideas through the arts.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills, knowledge and perspectives: 

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • AESTHETIC APPRECIATION AND EXPRESSION – Students will engage in creative practices to interpret creative works and express ideas through the arts.

  • COMMUNICATION – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through written, oral, or visual communication.

KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVES (`IKE):

  • SOCIETIES & 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.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE):

ARTH 2301 – World Art History

ARTS 1000 – Introduction to Visual Arts

ARTS 2150 – Introduction to Design

ENG 2000 – The Art of Literature

MUS 1000 – Introduction to Classical Music

MUS 2101 – Music in World Cultures

THEA 2320 – Acting I: Basic Acting for Stage and Screen

WRI 2601 – Introduction to Creative Writing

Critical thinking intersects with oral, written, and visual communication skills as fundamental proficiencies required for academic, professional, and personal success. Courses prepare students to think critically about questions of fact, value, or concept. Students will learn the techniques, strategies, and methods of critical thinking; practice oral and visual communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to express ideas and arguments clearly and coherently. It is highly recommended that students fulfill this Curriculum area requirement early in their degree plan.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • COMMUNICATION (ORAL) – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through oral presentations.

  • COMMUNICATION (VISUAL)  Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through visual communication.

  • CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING – Students will define and research problems, identify problemsolving strategies, generate and select appropriate solutions, and evaluate their outcomes. 

  • 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.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

COM 1000 – Introduction to Communication Skills

COM 2000 – Public Speaking

ECON 2010 – Principles of Microeconomics

ENG 2100 - Ways of Reading: Film, Literature, and Culture (effective Fall 2017)

GEOG 2000 – Visualizing Human Geography

HIST 1717 – Reacting to the Past

PSY 1000  Introduction to Psychology

Courses explore cross-cultural perspectives and selected concepts that underscore contemporary issues of global concern. Students will develop awareness of cultural practices and traditions in the context of a changing, globalizing world while reflecting on their own values and customs. Students will learn exchange ideas and connect with diverse communities and cultures.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills, knowledge, and perspectives:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • TEAMWORK – Students will identify best practices for effective teamwork and group dynamics, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and contribute in groups and resolve conflicts.

KNOWLEDGE & PERSPECTIVES (`IKE):

  • HISTORICAL & 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.

  • SOCIETIES & 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.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits): 

AL 2000 - Introduction to Linguistics (effective Fall 2017)

ANTH 2000 – Cultural Anthropology

GEOG 1500 – World Regional Geography

HIST 1002 – Global Crossroads: 1500 - Present

INTR 1000 – The International System

MULT 2000 – Global Cinema Studies

PH 2060 - Comparative Health Systems (effective Fall 2017)

REL 1000 – Introduction to World Religions

Courses focus on the nature of discovery, scientific reasoning, and invention to develop critical awareness of the methods and limits of scientific inquiry. Students will cultivate observational and analytical skills, particularly in reference to the natural world.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills, knowledge, and perspectives:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING – Students will interpret, calculate, analyze, represent, and clearly communicate quantitative information through mathematical tools (e.g. equations, graphs, or diagrams)

  • CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING – Students will define and research problems, identify problemsolving strategies, generate and select appropriate solutions, and evaluate their outcomes.

KNOWLEDGE & PERSPECTIVES (`IKE): 

  • 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.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

BIOL 1000 - Introductory Biology

CHEM 1000 - Introductory Chemistry

CHEM 2050 - General Chemistry

GEOG 1000 - Introduction to Physical Geography

GEOL 1000 - The Dynamic Earth

MARS 1000 - Introductory Oceanography

MARS 2110 - Ocean Environment of the Pacific Islands*

PHYS 1020 - Astronomy

Courses will help students understand the changing world they live in and become active contributors as society seeks to achieve sustainability. Students will examine, through multidisciplinary perspectives, the inherent connection between natural, social, and economic systems and engage in applied and experiential learning opportunities. Students will engage in community activities that encourage them to think of a future they wish to create, rather than react to present problems by reductive problem solving.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills, knowledge, perspectives and values:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • TEAMWORK – Students will identify best practices for effective teamwork and group dynamics, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and contribute in groups and resolve conflicts.

KNOWLEDGE & PERSPECTIVES (`IKE):

  • NATURAL SCIENCES – Students will investigate the natural world, develop problem-solving skills, and utilize the scientific method to develop hypotheses and propose experimental methods to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.

  • 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.

VALUES (MEA WAIWAI):

  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – Students will identify best practices in civic engagement, and engage in efforts to constructively influence the public good.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

AQUA 1200 - Global Aquaculture for Food Security and Conservation (Effective Fall 2017)

ARTS 1003 - Sustainable Art and Design

BIOL 1500 - Conservation Biology

ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Science (Effective Fall 2017)

ENVS 1030 - Tropical Ecology and Sustainability (Effective Fall 2017)

HIST 3650 - History of Oil in the Modern World

MARS 1500 - Marine Biology and the Global Ocean (Effective Fall 2017)

SWRK 2010 - Social Sustainability, Social Work, and Social Entrepreneurship

Courses explore technology systems and processes in order to develop an understanding of the impact of technology on individuals, the environment, and the global community. Students will apply modern technology for acquiring, analyzing and sharing information; and through this they will learn both physical and social aspects of technology, explore innovative practices and be challenged to draw upon their imagination and knowledge to propose novel solutions to problems.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills:

 

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING – Students will define and research problems, identify problem solving strategies, generate and select appropriate solutions, and evaluate their outcomes.

  • 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.

  • INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY LITERACY – Students will recognize the need for information and use technology to locate, interpret, determine the credibility of, and use the information effectively, ethically, and legally.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

CSCI 1041 - Digital Literacy in a Global Society

CSCI 1061 - Mobile Technologies for the 21st Century

CSCI 1555 - Health Information Systems

CSCI 1611 - A Gentle Introduction to Computer Programming

HIST 2630 - The History of Science and Technology

MATH 1234 - Introduction to Cryptology

MIS 2000 - Information Tools for Business

MULT 1100 - Foundations of Multimedia Production

Courses will help students explore the historical development of human societies and important movements and themes which have shaped and continue to influence the world. Students will assess information, ask questions, debate ideas and explain the significance of political, social, scientific, and cultural trends in a historical context.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following knowledge, perspectives, and values:

 

KNOWLEDGE & PERSPECTIVES (`IKE):

  • 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.

  • 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):

  • ETHICAL REASONING AND VALUES – Students will identify, articulate, and evaluate the ethical perspectives of others and themselves.

 

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE):

AL 1100 – Language, Power, and Identity

CLST 1000 – Great Books, East and West

ECON 2015 – Principles of Macroeconomics

ENG 2500 – World Literature                 

HIST 1001 – Traditions and Encounters: World Cultures to 1500

PH 1200 - Introduction to Public Health Professions (effective Fall 2017)

PSCI 2000 – Introduction to Politics

SOC 2600 – Peace Studies