The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies is a 60-credit degree that is a foundational degree in Hawaiian knowledge and culture. The AA degree is patterned after Windward CC’s current liberal arts AA degree and is an option for students seeking an associate degree and subsequent entry into most baccalaureate programs at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UH West O‘ahu. The degree is also a pathway for entrance into either UH Mānoa or UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies programs. The AAHS also provides students with qualifications that will be useful in the workforce where an understanding of the host culture or application of Hawaiian knowledge is desired.
Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts degree in Hawaiian studies, the student will be able to:
- Describe aboriginal Hawaiian linguistic, cultural, historical, and political concepts
- Apply aboriginal Hawaiian concepts, knowledge, and methods to the areas of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences—in academics and in other professional endeavors
- Engage, articulate, and analyze topics relevant to the aboriginal Hawaiian community using college-level research and writing methods
Graduation Requirements: Oral Communication
Choose three (3) credits from the following courses:
Graduation Requirements: Writing Intensive (WI)
Required: A total of two courses.
Writing Intensive (WI)
Writing Intensive (WI) Courses are part of a University of Hawai‘i systemwide movement to incorporate more writing in courses from all disciplines. A WI course is a discipline-specific course in which writing plays a major integrated role. Students in course sections designated as a “WI” (preceding the course title in the Schedule of Classes) learn to understand course content through writing and to write in ways appropriate to that discipline. English 100 is a prerequisite before students take the two required WI courses for the Associate in Arts degree. Students transferring to some bachelor’s degree campuses in the UH system may bring two or three WI courses with them to count for the bachelor’s degree. The hallmarks of a writing intensive course are:
- Writing promotes learning of course content.
- Writing is considered to be a process in which multiple drafts are encouraged.
- Writing contributes significantly to each student’s course grade.
- Students do a substantial amount of writing, a minimum of 4,000 words. Depending on the types of writing appropriate to the discipline, students may write critical essays or reviews, journal entries, lab reports, research reports or reaction papers.
Graduation Requirements: Hawaiian Studies Requirements
- Hawaiian Studies Core Requirements (6 credits)
- Hawaiian Language Requirements (8 credits)
Foundation Requirements: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG)
Required: A total of six (6) credits; from two different groups
Note: GEOG 102 if taken at Windward CC Fall 2015 or later
Global & Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Group B
* GEOG 102: If taken at Windward CC Fall 2015 or later.
Foundation Requirements: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ)
Required: A total of three (3) credits
Quantitative Reasoning (FQ)
Diversification Requirements (18 credits)
* For MUS 114*, 121B*, 121C*, 121D*, 121F*, 121Z*, 122B*, 122C*, 122D, 122F*, 122Z*, 130F*, 221C*, 222C*: Any combination that totals 3 credits will be considered the equivalent of one semester course.
Humanities (DH): HWST
Biological Sciences (DB)
Physical Sciences (DP)
Natural Sciences (DY)
Social Sciences (DS)
Required: A total of 13 credits numbered 100 or above