First-Year Common Core

FIRST YEAR COMMON CORE: 

Within the first year at HPU or directly following any required foundational writing course(s), students will complete one course in each of the following curriculum areas:  

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). These courses 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. Courses in this Curriculum Area must be taken in a student’s first year at HPU and required for all HPU students (including transfer students with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree)

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

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • Aesthetic Appreciation and Expression – Students will engage in creative practices to interpret creative works and express ideas through the arts

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.

  • 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):

AL 1050 – Languages in the Pacific

ARTH 1001 – Arts of Oceania

BIOL 2170 – Ethnobotany: People and Plants

ENG 1101 – Representations of Pacific Life

HAWN 1100 – Beginning Hawaiian I

HIST 1558 – Living History of Hawai‘i

PHIL 1001 – Philosophies of Hawai‘i and the Pacific 

Courses 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. Courses in this Curriculum Area must be taken in a student’s first year at HPU or directly following any required developmental mathematics course(s).


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.

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

COURSES (CHOOSE 1 COURSE - 3 credits):

CSCI 1534 - Data Analysis and Visualization

MATH 1120 - How Numbers Shape our Lives

MATH 1123 - Statistics

MATH 1130 - Pre-calculus I

MATH 1150 - Pre-calculus I & II Accelerated

MATH 2214 - Calculus I

PHIL 2090 - Principles of Logic

PSY 1100 - Probabilistic Thinking

These sequential courses facilitate 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, the courses help students develop academic habits and skills important to their success in future courses. Courses in this Curriculum Area must be taken in a student’s first year at HPU or directly following any required developmental writing course.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills:

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • COMMUNICATION (WRITTEN) – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through written language.

  • 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 AND 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):

WRI 1100 - Writing and Analyzing Arguments

WRI 1150 - Literature and Argument

 

These sequential courses facilitate 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, the courses help students develop academic habits and skills important to their success in future courses. Courses in this Curriculum Area must be taken in a student’s first year at HPU or directly following any required developmental writing course.

Students successfully completing these courses will obtain the following skills:

SKILLS (MĀKAU NAʻAUAO):

  • COMMUNICATION (WRITTEN) – Students will organize their thoughts, feelings, concepts, and information, to effectively, clearly and persuasively convey their perspectives through written language.

  • 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 and 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 ONE COURSE - 3 credits):

WRI 1200 - Research, Argument, and Writing

WRI 1250 - Introduction to Research in the Humanities