General Education Core: Basic Requirements (All Majors)

Courses are certified for a period of five years to meet specific categories of the General Education requirements and the Integrative requirements for a Bachelor's degree. Courses and the effective year each was certified to meet either a General Education or Integrative requirement are listed below by course alpha, number, title and effective year. For further 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 requirements may be simultaneously counted for both.

1. English Composition Requirement (3 semester hours)

Students must successfully complete a first-year writing course. This requirement is met by taking one of the following courses. These courses are also listed on the GF. Composition Requirement website.

Select one:

  • ENG 100 Composition I (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 100T Composition with Tutorial (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ESL 100 Composition/Nonnative Speakers (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ESL 100T Composition/Non-nativeTutorial (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 100H Honors Expository Writing (3) [eff. 2011]

It is recommended that students complete the English composition requirement within their first 24 semester hours at UH Hilo.

Entering students who do not posses an SAT or ACT essay score, transfer students who have not transferred a course equivalent to English 100, and all students who are non-native speakers of English must take the UH Hilo Writing Placement Examination. This will determine into which English course you are placed.

2. Language Arts (3 semester hours)

Students select a semester course of foreign language study, linguistics or second level English to fulfill this requirement. These courses engage students in the process of constructing, analyzing, and employing language. Additional courses may be certified for this category. These courses are also listed on the GL. Language Arts Requirements website.

Select one:

  • CHNS 101 Elementary Chinese I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • CHNS 102 Elementary Chinese II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • CHNS 107 Accelerated Elementary Chinese (8) [eff. 2012]
  • CHNS 200 Conversational CHNS Business (3) [eff. 2015]
  • CHNS 201 Intermediate Chinese I (4) [eff. 2015]
  • CHNS 202 Intermediate Chinese II (4) [eff. 2015]
  • COM 270 Intro to Theories of Human Com (3) [eff. 2011]
  • CS 200 Web Technology I (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG/WS 204 Intr Race/Gender Film Studies (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 200 Intro to Literary Genres (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 200G Intro Graphic Novels & Comics (3) [eff. 2016]
  • ENG/WS 206 Intro to Popular Culture (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 240 British Lit's Greatest Hits (3) [eff. 2014]
  • ENG/WS 257 Multicultural Literature (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 286A Intro to Fiction Writing (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 286B Intro to Poetry Writing (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 287 Introduction to Rhetoric (3) [eff. 2016]
  • ENG 290 Literature and Medicine (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 459 [eff. 2016]
  • FIL 101 Elementary Filipino I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • FIL 102 Elementary Filipino II (4) [eff. 2014]
  • FIL 200 Inter Conversational Filipino (3) [eff. 2014]
  • FR 101 Elementary French I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • FR 102 Elementary French II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I (4)/107 [eff. 2011]
  • HAW 102 Elem Hawaiian II (4)/107 [eff. 2011]
  • HAW 201 Intermediate Hawaiian I (4)/207 [eff. 2011]
  • HAW 202 Inter Hawaiian II (4)/207 [eff. 2011]
  • JPNS/JPST 101 Elementary Japanese I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • JPNS/JPST 102 Elementary Japanese II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • JPNS 107 Accelerated Element Japanese (8) [eff. 2012]
  • JPNS/JPST 201 Intermediate Japanese I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • JPNS/JPST 202 Intermediate Japanese II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • JPNS/JPST 301 Third-Year Japanese I (3) [eff. 2015]
  • JPNS/JPST 302 Third-Year Japanese II (3) [eff. 2015]
  • KHAW 103 First Lvl Trans Hawn Immersion (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 104 First Lvl Partial Hawn Immers (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 108 Accel First Lvl Hawn Immersion (8) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 133 First Lvl Hawn for Speakers (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 203 Second Lvl Univ Hawn Immers I (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 204 Second Lvl Univ Hawn Immers II (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 208 Accel Sec Lvl Univ Hawn Immers (8) [eff. 2013]
  • KHAW 233 Second Level Hawn for Speakers (4) [eff. 2013]
  • KIND 240 Culture Revitalization Movemnt (3) [eff. 2012]
  • KOR 101 Elementary Korean I (4) [eff. 2015]
  • KOR 102 Elementary Korean II (4) [eff. 2015]
  • LING 102 Introduction to Linguistics (3) [eff. 2011]
  • LING 133A Elem Indig Lang: Systematic (3),B,C,D,E,F [eff. 2013]
  • LING 233A Inter Indig Langs: Systematic (3),B,C,D,E,F [eff. 2013]
  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • SPAN 202 Interm Spanish II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • WS 204 Intr Race/Gender Film Studies (3)
  • WS 206 Intro to Popular Culture (3)
  • WS 257 Multicultural Literature (3)

3. Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester hours)

Students must select a one semester lower-division course in Mathematics AND a second course in Mathematics or another field. These courses enable students to understand the use of mathematical or symbolic concepts and require students to develop skills in chains of reasoning from data to conclusions. These courses are also listed on the GQ. Quantitative Reasoning Requirement website.

Select one course from List A and one course from either List A or List B:

List A:

  • MATH 100 Survey Of Math (3) [eff. 2011]
  • MATH 140X Precalculus (4) [eff. 2011] (Formerly offered as MATH 104)
  • MATH 135 Precalc: Elementary Functions (3) [eff. 2011] (Formerly offered as MATH 104F)
  • MATH 140 Precalc:Trig/Analytic Geometry (3) [eff. 2011] (Formerly offered as MATH 104G)
  • MATH 111 MS Office Tools for Math & Sci (3) [eff. 2011]
  • MATH 125 Applied Calculus (3) [eff. 2011] (Formerly offered as MATH 115)
  • MATH 121 Intro Stats & Prob (3) [eff. 2011]
  • MATH 205 Calculus I (4) [eff. 2011]
  • MATH 206 Calculus II (4) [eff. 2011]
  • MATH 231 Calculus III (3) [eff. 2011]

List B:

  • AGBU 110 Microcomputing for Ag (3) [eff. 2012]
  • ASTR 180 Princ Of Astron I (3) [eff. 2011]
  • CHEM 100 Chemistry and Society (3) [eff. 2012]
  • CS 102 MS Office Tools for Math & Sci (3) [eff. 2011]
  • CS 138 Intro to Computing with Robots (3) [eff. 2015]
  • CS 282 Practical Comp for Sci & Engg (3) [eff. 2012]
  • ECON 131 Intro To Macroeconomics (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ECON 340 Money & Banking (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ED 243 Intro to Math for Elem Tch (3) [eff. 2016]
  • ENSC 100 Intro to Environmental Science (3) [eff. 2016]
  • FIN 220 Personal Finance (3) [eff. 2015]
  • GEOG 201 Interp Geog Data (3) [eff. 2012]
  • GEOL 170 Volcanoes and Earthquakes (3) [eff. 2012]
  • MARE 250 Statistical Apps in Marine Sci (3) [eff. 2013]
  • PHIL 345 Symbolic Logic (3) [eff. 2011]
  • PHYS 170L Gen Phys I Lab (1) [eff. 2016]
  • PHYS 272L Gen Phys II Lab (1) [eff. 2016]
  • POLS 280 Methods of Research (3) [eff. 2015]
  • QBA 260 Business Statistics (3) [eff. 2011]
  • SOC 280-280L Statistical Reasoning (3), Lab in Statistical Reasoning (1) [eff. 2011]

4. World Cultures (6 semester hours)

Students select two semester courses. These courses offer a broad, integrated analysis of cultural, economic, political, scientific, philosophical, religious and social developments that recognizes the diversity of human societies, diverse cultural traditions and cross-cultural interaction. These courses are also listed on the GW. World Cultures Requirement website

Select two:

  • AG 100 Intro to Agricultural Sciences (3) [eff. 2013]
  • AG 230 Sustainable Agriculture (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ANTH 150 Humankind Emerging (3) [eff. 2017]
  • ANTH 205 Cultural Anthropology (3) [eff. 2011] (Formerly offered as ANTH 100)
  • ANTH/WS 320 Cross-Cultural Study Of Women (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ANTH/WS 324 Culture, Sex And Gender (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ANTH 372 Culture through Film (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ART 101 Intro To Visual Arts (3) [eff. 2016]
  • ART 175 Survey of World Art I [eff. 2014]
  • ART 176 Survey of World Art II [eff. 2014]
  • ENG 200G Intro Graphic Novels & Comics (3) [eff. 2016]
  • ENG/WS 201 Global Cinema (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG/WS 202 Literature of Human Rights (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 253 World Lit: Class-17th Century (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 254 World Lit: 17th Cent-Present (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 275 Literature of the Earth (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 289 The Rhetoric of Food (3) [eff. 2011]
  • ENG 302 Studies in Myth and Folklore (3) [eff. 2016]
  • GEOG 102 World Regional Geography (3) [eff. 2011]
  • HIST 151 World History to 1500 (3) [eff. 2011]
  • HIST 152 World History since 1500 (3) [eff. 2011]
  • KIND 240 Culture Revitalization Movemnt (3) [eff. 2012]
  • LING 432 Critical Applied Linguistics (3) [eff. 2013]
  • PHIL 304 Ethics and Cultural Diversity (3) [eff. 2015]
  • POLS 251 Intro to Comparative Politics (3) [eff. 2011]
  • POLS 348 International Human Rights (3) [eff. 2017]
  • SOC/WS 363 Globalization, Gender, Fashion (3) [eff. 2016]
  • SOC/JPST 414 Global Social Movements &Japan (3) [eff. 2016]
  • SOC 420 Sem in Social Institutions (3) [eff. 2016]
  • SPAN 369 Lat&Glob Docum&Film:Crit Analy (3) [eff. 2015]
  • WS 357 Women and Religion (3) [eff. 2011]