University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Integrative Requirements (All Majors)

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These requirements apply effective Fall 2011. Students may choose to graduate under the requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System provided there has not been a break in enrollment (more than 1 semester, excluding summer), when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate. For more information, see the Catalog Choice and Retroactivity policy:

  1. No course may be counted for more than one General Education CORE requirement. Students are cautioned that, in a few instances, a single course has been certified for more than one of the General Education Basic or Area Requirements. However, students completing such a course may only receive credit toward a single such requirement. They will be offered their choice of which requirement is satisfied and will be expected to fulfill the other requirement(s) with other courses.
  2. Courses which meet both major requirements and General Education Core or Integrative requirements may be simultaneously counted for both. (Courses are not excluded from meeting the UH Hilo General Education requirements solely because they also may be required for a major.)
  3. Courses which are certified for a General Education Core requirement and an Integrative requirement may be simultaneously counted for both.

Writing Intensive Requirement

Three courses, between 3 to 9 credits total.

Students select three different courses designated “WI,” one of which must be numbered 300 or above. Students should be aware that the requirement is for three separate WI courses, regardless of the number of semester hours earned in each course. A “WI” course is a discipline-specific content course in which writing plays a major, integrated role.

“WI” courses are certified each semester and are labeled as such in the semester course schedule; a list of currently certified “WI” courses is posted at and is updated each semester.

The WI requirement for transfer students varies depending upon year of entry and transfer credits accepted by UH Hilo. Only after final transfer credit evaluation can it be determined how many WI courses a transfer student must take. The number of WI courses required for transfer students is displayed below.

Status Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
No. accepted credit hours 0-24 25-54 55-88 89+
1995-96 2 2 1 0
1996-97 and later 3 3 2 1

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Hawaiʻi Pan-Pacific Requirement

One 3-credit course.

Students select one semester course designated “HPP.” These courses investigate major aspects of the culture, language, economy, history, or natural environment of Hawai’i or of another indigenous culture or nation or region of the Pan-Pacific region (Oceania, Asia, the west coast of the Americas). Courses foster critical understanding of different cultural perspectives, values, and world views and the ability to acquire additional knowledge about these.

  • ANTH 385  Hawaiian & Pacific Prehistory
  • ANTH 389  Cultural Resource Management
  • AQUA 262  Introduction to Aquaculture
  • ART 280  Aspects of Asian Art
  • BIOL/MARE 156  Natural History & Conservation Hawaiian Islands
  • CS 135  Animation Programming
  • ECON 416  Asian-Pacific Economic Integration
  • ENG 205  Hawaiʻi on Screen
  • ENG 286A  Intro to Fiction Writing
  • ENG 323  The Literature of Hawaiʻi
  • ENG 430  Pacific Islands Literature
  • GEOG 107  Hawaiʻi in the Pacific
  • GEOG/PHYS 120  Weather & Climate of Hawaiʻi
  • GEOG 335  Geography of Oceania
  • GEOL 205  Geology of Hawaiian Isle
  • KHAW 103  First LevelTrans Hawaiian Immersion
  • KHAW 104  First Level Partial Hawaiian Immersion
  • KHAW 108  Accel First Level Hawaiian Immersion
  • KHAW 133  First Level Hawaiian for Speakers
  • KHAW 203  Second Level Univ. Hawaiian Immersion I
  • KHAW 204  Second Level Univ. Hawaiian Immersion II
  • KHAW 208  Accel Second Level Univ. Hawaiian Immersion
  • KHAW 233  Second Level Hawaiian for Speakers
  • HWST 496  Hawaiian Studies Seminar
  • HIST 274  History of Hawaiʻi
  • HIST 316  Pacific History I: To 1900
  • HIST 317  Pacific History II: From 1900
  • HWST 111  Hawaiian ʻOhana
  • HWST/MUS 176  History & Development of Hawaiian Music
  • HWST 211  Hawaiian Ethnobotany
  • HWST 213  Hawaiian Ethnozoology
  • JPST/JPNS 382  Gender & Min Japanese Comics
  • JPST/JPNS/DRAM 383  Japanese Theatre & Performance
  • JPNS/JPST/ENG 365  Japanese Literature in English
  • JPST/JPNS 385  Postwar Japan thru Film/Literature
  • JPNS/MUS 175  Intro Music of Polynesia
  • LING 442  Languages in Hawaiʻi
  • MARE 140  Introduction to Hawaiian Coral Reefs
  • MARE 140L  Introductory Hawaiian Coral Reefs Lab
  • MARE 156  Natural History and Conservation of the Hawaiian Islands
  • MARE 310  The Atoll Ecosystem
  • MGT 333  International Business Management
  • MUS 176  History & Development of Hawaiian Music
  • NRES 196  Introduction to Natural Resource Management
  • NURS 350  Transcultural Care & Health Promotion
  • PHIL 101  Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
  • PHIL 300  History of Indian Philosophy
  • PHIL 301  History of Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL 302  History of Buddhist Philosophy
  • PHIL/JPST 430  Philosophy of Zen
  • PHIL 435  Philosophy of Tao
  • PHIL 450/JPST 450  Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy
  • PHPP 525  Complementary Medicine
  • PHYS 120  Weather & Climate of Hawaii
  • POLS 351  Politics of China
  • POLS/JPST 353  Politics of Japan
  • PSY 323  Community Psychology
  • PSY 475  Asian American Psychology
  • SOC 480  Practicum in Social Research

Global and Community Citizenship Requirement

Students select one semester course designated “GCC.” This course allows students to apply knowledge gained from their course of study to the global and/or local communities. These courses will provide first-hand awareness of local and global community and environmental issues and encourage interaction with community, business and/or government sectors in order to effect positive change. Additional courses may be certified.

  • AG 230  Sustainable Agriculture
  • ANTH 389  Cultural Resource Management
  • AQUA 262  Introduction to Aquaculture
  • BIOL 275  Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • CHEM 111  Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
  • COM 344  Sustainability, Communication, and Culture
  • CS 460  Software Engineering
  • DNCE 419  Dance in Education
  • DRAM 419  Drama in Education
  • ED 210  Introduction to Teaching
  • ENG 275  Literature of the Earth
  • ENG 323  The Literature of Hawaiʻi
  • GEOG/PHYS 120  Weather & Climate of Hawaiʻi
  • GEOG 312  Food and Societies
  • GEOG/WS 430  Gender, Place and Environment
  • GEOL 300  Advanced Environmental Earth Science
  • GEOL 370  Field Methods
  • HORT 262  Principles of Horticulture
  • HWST 496  Hawaiian Studies Seminar
  • LING 432  Critical Applied Linguistics
  • LING 442  Languages in Hawai’i
  • MARE 434  Teaching Marine Science
  • MARE 435  Marine Field Exper. Teachers
  • MARE 471  Senior Thesis Report
  • MARE 480  Senior Internship
  • MARE 488  Ku`ula: Integrated Science
  • MGT 425  Business Planning for New Ventures
  • NURS 457  Collaborative Health Care, Leadership
  • PHPP 501  Introduction to Pharmaceutical Practice Experiential I
  • PHPP 503  Introduction to Pharmaceutical Practice Experiential III
  • PHPP 505  Introduction to Pharmaceutical Practice Experiential V
  • PHYS 110  Physics of Contemporary Issues
  • PHYS 120  Weather & Climate of Hawaiʻi
  • POLS 101G  American Politics: Nat’l Citizenship
  • POLS 304  Liberalism and Globalization
  • POLS/GEOG 325  Legal Geography
  • POLS 391  Internship
  • PSY 323  Community Psychology
  • PSY 422  Psychology of Sustainability
  • PSY 445  Practicum in Psychology
  • SOC 260  Social Problems
  • SOC 391  Internship

Upper-Division Requirement

The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language usually require students to earn at least 45 semester hours in courses at the 300- and 400-level (also called “upper-division courses"). However, for some majors requiring more than 15 semester hours in 100- and 200-level courses, the upper-division course requirement has been reduced. The majors approved for this reduction are:

  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Geology
  • Marine Science
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing, RN to BSN program
  • Performing Arts
  • Physics

The program descriptions in this catalog for some of these majors specify a set number of upper-division semester hours which must be completed to graduate. Other programs use a formula to compute the number of upper-division semester hours required of their majors. In these cases, the requirement for 45 semester hours in 300- and 400-level courses is reduced by the number of semester hours over and above 15 in 100- and 200-level courses required for the major.

Rev. 3/18/13