General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Criteria for Certification
All Courses that are certified as GE courses must:
- List course learning outcomes for students on the course syllabus;
- Meet one or more learning outcome from the Critical Thinking category, plus one or more learning outcome, as appropriate from one or more of the other GE learning goals.
- Include rigorous written (or quantitative, where appropriate) assignments that assess the student learning outcomes. The assignments should total at minimum the equivalent of five (5) double-spaced, typed pages, or 1,250 words; and
- Meet all criteria (e.g., for World Cultures, Language Arts, Natural Sciences) to which the course applies.
General Education Basic Criteria
|Composition, 3 semester hours||ENG 100 or ENG 100T, (ESL 100 or ESL 100T for non-native speakers of English only).||
|Language Arts, 3-4 semester hours||Any one English, Rhetoric, Hawaiian, Foreign Language, Linguistics or Communication course that satisfies the certification requirements and includes the learning outcomes||
|Quantitative Reasoning, 6 semester hours||Any one lower-division math course and one additional course in any field that satisfy the certification requirement and learning outcomes.||
|World Cultures, 6 semester hours||Any two courses that satisfy the certification requirements and learning outcomes.||
General Education Area Criteria
|Humanities, 6 semester hours||Any two certified courses in two different humanities fields. These include courses taught in the Humanities Division and courses taught in the College of Hawaiian Language (Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani College).||
|Social Sciences, 6 semester hours||Any two certified courses in two different social sciences. These include courses taught in the Social Sciences division, courses from the College of Business, or Agriculture Business courses and courses from the College of Hawaiian Language (Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani College).||
|Natural Sciences, 7 semester hours including 1 semester hour of laboratory||Any two lecture courses from two different natural sciences and 1 lab course in biological or physical science. These include courses taught in the Natural Sciences Division and courses in the College of Agriculture and the College of Hawaiian Language (KaHaka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani College).||
- use the terminology of computational, physical or biological sciences;
- include knowledge and theories of the computational, physical or biological sciences;
- foster a student's ability to perform inquiry that is guided by the scientific method, including observation/experimentation and scientific reasoning/mathematics.
- One or more rigorous written assignments (totaling a minimum of 1250 words) and /or quantitative assignments that assess student learning and are substantially correlated with the final course grade.
Integrative Requirement Criteria
|Writing Intensive||The Writing Intensive Committee certifies individual courses for WI status in a process separate from GE certification.|
|Hawaiʻi-Pan-Pacific 3 semester hours||Any lower-division or upper-division course that satisfies the Hawai‘i-Pan-Pacific criteria||
|Global and Community Citizenship 3 semester hours||Any lower-division or upper-division course that satisfies the Global and Community Citizenship criteria.||