University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

General Education and Focus Requirements

Students admitted to UH West O‘ahu are required to complete General Education and Focus requirements. The General Education requirements consist of two components: foundations and diversification requirements. Focus requirements are university/graduation requirements required of all students. Certification of course work completed to meet general education requirements will be made by the Office of Admissions. Questions on the applicability of course work should be directed to a Student Services Advisor.

General Education Core Requirements

  1. Foundations Requirements: 12 credits
    Courses that fulfill Foundations requirements may not be used to fulfill other General Education requirements.

    1. Written Communication: (FW): 3 credits
    2. Symbolic Reasoning (FS): 3 credits
    3. Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): 6 credits, from two different groups.
    4. Group A: Primarily before 1500 CE
    5. Group B: Primarily after 1500 CE
    6. Group C: Pre-history to present
  • Diversification Requirements: 19 credits
  • Arts, Humanities and Literature (DA, DH, DL): 6 credits from two different areas.
  • Social Sciences (DS): 6 credits from two different areas.
  • Natural Sciences (DB, DP, DY): 7 credits with 3 credits from the biological sciences (DB), 3 credits from the physical sciences (DP) and 1 credit of laboratory (DY).

Focus Requirements

  1. Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues (HAP): 1 class
  2. Oral Communication (OC): 1 class
  3. Contemporary Ethical Issues (ETH): 1 class
  4. Writing-Intensive (WI): 3 classes at the upper division level
    A minimum of two classes must come from course work outside of the capstone class.

General Education and Focus Requirements for Transfer Students

A student who has earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree at a UH community college or at a regionally accredited institution shall be accepted as having fulfilled the General Education Core (Foundations and Diversification) requirements. Focus requirements are graduation requirements required of all students. See previous section for a description of General Education and Focus requirements. Certification of course work completed to meet requirements will be made by the Office of Admissions. Questions on the applicability of course work should be directed to an Advisor.

A transfer student admitted to UH West O‘ahu without an AA degree will be evaluated for completion of General Education and Focus requirements on a course-by-course basis. Certification of course work completed to meet General Education requirements will be made by the Office of Admissions. Questions on the applicability of course work should be directed to a Student Services Advisor.

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