Academics

Instructors provide individualized help for studentsThe University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo places as its number one priority a commitment to academic excellence. This dedication to quality education can be found in each of the six colleges, with many programs and activities not found anywhere else in the world. Where else will you find Computer Science students placing in the top six percent on national computer science exams, studying alongside Hawaiian Studies students who are working their way toward the only master’s degree in an indigenous language offered in the nation?

In fact, at UH Hilo, these two programs are perfectly compatible. In 1999-2000, it was a UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies undergraduate who designed the most advanced computer programming for any indigenous language in the world!

Starting Fall 2011, a new General Education Core and Integrative Requirements was adopted.

Colleges and Programs

Learn more about the different academic programs offered at UH Hilo.

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General Education Goals at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

General Education is conceived as providing a series of experiences which enable the student to become a broadly educated person, with skills for continuing, life-long education. General Education skills and knowledge are fostered throughout the undergraduate curriculum: in the lower-division courses classified as General Education Basic Requirements and General Education Area Requirements; in Writing Intensive courses; in courses that meet the Hawaiian/Asian/Pacific requirement; and in upper-division courses in all major programs. The University’s General Education program is designed, specifically, to provide the college student and graduate with the means to:

  1. Think clearly and logically, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; find, examine, and use information, and carry out fundamental numerical operations.
  2. Gain knowledge of one’s body and mind; understand how human societies develop and operate; learn about the natural world—its forces, principles and occupants; and develop a familiarity with the cultural heritage and contributions of world cultures including their art, music, literature, and science.
  3. Develop an understanding and awareness of the principles, methods, and thought processes utilized in academic/intellectual inquiries.
  4. Recognize and understand the interdependence between mankind’s view of the biological and physical continuum and the development of culture, literature, and aesthetics.