The Liberal Arts (A.A. degree) program provides courses that develop general intellectual capacities, such as reason and judgment. These studies encourage students to think clearly and creatively, to seek and assess information, and to communicate effectively. As the liberal arts are the foundation for a good education in any field, many of the courses are prerequisite for career and technical programs. Beyond the mission of preparing students for further education, however, the Liberal Arts program is committed to developing well-rounded individuals with the skills to face the challenges of life and to make positive contributions to society.
The A.A. degree may be earned by students who complete a two-year program of study comprising 60 credits. Only courses numbered 100 or above count toward the degree, and all area requirements must be satisfied. Students intending to transfer to other campuses within the University of Hawai`i System may transfer credits earned at Kaua`i Community College and most credits will transfer to other 2- and 4-year institutions if the courses are numbered 100 and above. Students intending to earn a Bachelor's degree should consider working toward an A.A. degree at Kaua`i Community College.
Fulfillment of General Education Requirements at all UH campuses: Effective Fall 1994, students who have earned an articulated A.A. degree from a University of Hawai`i Community College shall be accepted as having fulfilled the general education core requirements at all other University of Hawai`i campuses. While an articulated A.A. degree satisfies general education core requirements, students also must complete all specialized lower-division, major, college and degree/graduation requirements. Additional campus-specific requirements, such as competency in a foreign language or writing intensive courses, may also be required. With planning, most, if not all, of these requirements may be incorporated into the A.A. degree; if not, they are required in addition to the A.A. degree.
Transfer to a four-year college: Students planning to transfer to a four-year college are advised to meet with a Kaua`i Community College counselor to review transfer requirements of the college they plan to attend.
Writing Intensive (WI) requirements in the University of Hawai`i System: The number of WI courses required for graduation from the University of Hawai`i Community Colleges
varies from none to two. The University of Hawai`i, M_anoa requires completion of five WI courses prior to graduation. Three of these WI courses can be numbered below 300 and can therefore be taken at Kaua`i Community College or another community college in the UH System. At this time, the University of Hawai`i, Hilo and University of Hawai`i West O`ahu require two to three WI classes to graduate. Kaua`i Community College requires one WI course for the Associate in Arts degree.
A GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree or certificates is needed to meet graduation requirements.
Foreign language requirement: Many programs at the University of Hawai`i (M_anoa) require students to complete the second-level study of a language (201 and 202 or equivalent). The University of Hawai`i (Hilo) and the University of Hawai`i (West O`ahu) do not have a foreign language requirement. Using a foreign language as an elective at Kaua`i Community College is highly recommended.
No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement. None of the requirements may be satisfied with a course graded as credit/no credit.
Liberal Arts Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)
- 1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English, and interpret, and/or express themselves in, some other form of communication at a basic level, whether from knowledge of a second language or through artistic or symbolic expression.
- 2. Make and express critical judgments about issues and ideas after accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant information, using technology where appropriate; use creative and critical thinking skills to weigh the relative merits of opposing positions; and apply knowledge of formal systems of reasoning and logical fallacies in arriving at informed opinions.
- 3. Apply quantitative methods appropriately; analyze real-life situations using numeric, graphical, and symbolic models, and verbally explain these models; and recognize the impact of mathematics on the sciences, society, and everyday life.
- 4. Analyze the behavior of people from psychological, sociological, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives, and knowledgeably consider the social, political, and economic implications of human interactions in order to make informed personal and social choices.
- 5. Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas.
- 6. Demonstrate a sympathetic awareness of the values and beliefs of their own and other cultures; explain the historical dimensions of contemporary affairs and issues; analyze the interactive roles that social, religious, artistic, political, economic, scientific, and technological forces play in society; and engage responsibly in their roles as citizens with issues affecting themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.
- 7. Demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of creative and original expression and, making use of natural gifts, acquired knowledge, and the intense discipline of art, engage in creative activities which enrich their quality of life.
- 8. Apply their acquired knowledge and skills to further their own learning, to set and prioritize personal goals, to self-assess progress, and to recognize, address, and resolve obstacles constructively.
- 9. Make informed decisions based on an understanding of the qualities of a healthful lifestyle, explain the connection between a healthy body and a thoughtful mind, perform group activities cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.