University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

College of Business and Economics (CoBE)

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The College of Business and Economics (COBE) prepares students for leadership in organizations serving Hawaiʻi and the Asia/Pacific region. The College offers undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and in Economics. Business students can major in accounting or General Management. Students choosing General Management may specialize in finance, marketing, or general management. Elective courses are offered in tourism and information systems. Students receive a strong managerial foundation in the functions and objectives of the business enterprise, supported by a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The primary emphasis of the COBE economics program is general economics education. The undergraduate degree in economics offers opportunities to specialize in Asia and the Pacific.


The Mission of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is to assist individuals in acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to be productive and responsible citizens in the global economy. The College serves students and communities primarily from the Island and State of Hawaiʻi, as well as students from the U.S. mainland and the Asia/Pacific region.

We are committed to:

  • Providing a personalized, high-quality baccalaureate business and economics education
  • Inspiring the development of ethical values and leadership skills within a context of cultural diversity
  • Offering opportunities for hands-on learning
  • Offering academic programs responsive to community needs
  • Supporting faculty excellence in teaching, research and service, with primary emphasis in teaching

Instructional Modes

The College employs a variety of instructional methods and provides opportunities for the application of new instructional technologies. Efforts are made to control the size of lecture classes to allow for maximum student-instructor discourse. Group project work is a feature of selected core and elective classes to provide teamwork experiences in problem solving and/or community service settings. Independent study provides an opportunity for students to pursue knowledge in a particular area of interest under the supervision of an instructor, often related to research of mutual interest. Internships provide an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and techniques from the classroom and to pursue individualized learning goals in an operating business environment. A unique feature of COBE includes its partnership with the Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center Network, which provides students with access to special internship opportunities and learning experiences.


Business programs in the College of Business and Economics are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Contact information: 777 South Harbor Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730; Tel: (813) 769-6500; Fax: (813) 769-6559;

Students may transfer credits to other American or foreign universities on the same basis as course credits are transferred by other accredited American universities. Documents relating to the accreditation of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo are available to the public at the Edwin H. Mookini Library and at