Curricula - College of Arts and Sciences

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The purpose of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide quality education in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as a select group of high quality professional and pre-professional programs.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers baccalaureate degrees in the following academic majors:

Field Masters BA BS Minor Cert.
Administration of Justice   BA      
Anthropology   BA   Minor  
Art   BA   Minor  
• Earth and Space Science (Minor)
    BS Minor  
Biology   BA BS Minor  
Chemistry   BA   Minor  
China-U.S. Relations MA        
Communication   BA   Minor  
Computer Science     BS Minor  
Counseling Psychology MA        
Education MAT, MEd       Cert
English   BA   Minor  
Geography and Environmental Science   BA   Minor Cert
• Earth and Space Science (Minor)
  BA BS Minor  
Global Engagement Certificate         Cert
History   BA   Minor  
International Studies         Cert
Japanese Studies   BA   Minor  
Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences   BA      
Liberal Studies
Religious Studies
Linguistics   BA   Minor  
Marine Science   BA BS Minor Cert
Mathematics   BA   Minor  
Natural Science   BA      
Nursing     BS    
Pacific Islands Studies         Cert
Performing Arts
• Dance
• Drama
• Music
• Technical Theatre
  BA     Cert
Philosophy   BA   Minor  
Physics   BA   Minor  
Political Science   BA   Minor  
Psychology   BA      
Sociology   BA   Minor  
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) MS        
Gender and Women's Studies   BA   Minor Cert

In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a teacher education program which has been approved for certain academic majors. Those students who satisfactorily complete a prescribed sequence of courses in education, along with an approved academic major, qualify for the Initial Basic Teaching Certificate issued by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education. A professional certification program is also offered.

The Departments of Geology and Astronomy jointly offer a minor in Earth and Space Science.

Classes at the College of Arts and Sciences frequently conduct field studies at various sites on Hawaiʻi Island. Archaeology students participate in investigating ancient Hawaiian sites and artifacts. Geology, biology, and geography students explore the island's volcanoes, marine environment and varied ecosystems. Numerous social science courses make use of the wide ethnic heritages represented on the island of Hawai‘i. In the teaching of numerous subjects, the College seeks to make use of Hawai‘i Island and its multi-cultural heritage and physical setting as a miniature continent in the midst of a tropical ocean.

Although the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is isolated from the tensions of the metropolitan environment, the College is not isolated from the world. Many courses at Hilo have a strong international accent. Both the Eastern and Western traditions are studied in courses in philosophy, religion, and history. Languages taught at the college include French, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Spanish.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences have considerable liberty to design, in cooperation with their professors, individualized courses of instruction. Through the "99" sequence of courses, students may undertake directed reading and research. Furthermore, the Liberal Studies Program allows students to design their own majors by combining subjects of study which are demonstrably pertinent to their personal, educational, developmental or career objectives.