Catalog 2014–2015

College of Business and Economics (CoBE)

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For information, please contact:
Office of the Dean

Kanakaʻole Hall 270
Tel: (808) 932-7272; Fax: (808) 932-7273

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UH Hilo Admissions Office
Student Services Building Room 115

Tel: (808) 932-7446 or 1-800-897-4456
; Fax: (808) 932-7459

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 Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics. Business students can major in Accounting or General Business. Accounting majors take a series of accounting core and elective courses to compliment the business core courses. Students choosing General Business may choose electives to specialize in finance, marketing, or management.  Tourism, economics, and information systems electives compliment the Business Administration degree. Students receive a strong managerial foundation in business enterprise functions and objectives, supported by a strong liberal arts foundation. COBE’s Economics program emphasizes general economics education. The undergraduate Economics degree offers a specialization 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 to apply new instructional technologies. Small- and medium-size lecture classes allow for maximum student-instructor discourse. Core and elective classes feature group project work to encourage teamwork and applied learning experiences in problem solving and/or community service settings. Independent study allows students to study a particular area of interest under an instructor’s supervision, often relating to research of mutual interest. Internships allow 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 a partnership with the Hawaiʻi Small Business Development Center Network, providing students with access to special business expertise 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. 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. Accreditation documents relating to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo are available to the public at the Edwin H. Mookini Library and at


Rev. 3/4/14