The liberal arts are those subjects that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a citizen to know in order to take an active part in civic life. The aim of these studies was to produce a virtuous, knowledgeable, and articulate person.

The scope was extended to include arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy in the Middle Ages, and eventually became the educational foundation for the schooling in Europe.

Today liberal arts education refers to the disciplines of literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, psychology, and science. Coursework in these areas satisfy the General Education requirements for career and technical program at UH Maui College.

Liberal arts also refers to studies on a degree program. UH Maui College offers several curricula based upon liberal art courses. These include Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and in Hawaiian Studies and the Associate in Science degree in Natural Science with two concentrations.

 

AA in Liberal Arts

The Associate in Arts degree program in Liberal Arts prepares students for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year college or university.

The AA degree in Liberal Arts requires 60 semester credits in courses numbered 100 or higher. The curriculum instills foundational skills and a broad scope of knowledge that fosters academic success in upper division coursework, effective citizenship, and an appreciation for lifelong learning. Special emphasis on global and Hawai’i perspectives encourages respect and appreciate of cultural diversity. Opportunities to apply learning through service to the community are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Graduation Requirements
CREDITS
Minimum Applicable: 60 Credits, 100-level or higher
GRADES
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
RESIDENCY (May be waived for cause or credit-by-exam with Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs approval.)
Minimum UHMC: 12 credits
WRITING INTENSIVE – WI: 2 courses
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Hawai’i Emphasis (HI ):one course from list:
AG 253, 265; ANTH 165; BOT 105/HWST 211; BIOL 105, 200;
ENG 257E;GEOG 122;GG 103; HAW 101,
HAW 102, 104 (formerly known as HAW 100),201, 202, 221, 261, 262
HIST 284; HWST 100 BCD,
HWST 107, 111, 205A, 205E, 205I, 207, 213, 231, 262, 270, 286, 291;
HWST 176/MUS 176; HWST 211/BOT 105
MUS 114H; PACS 108; POLS 180; REL 205.
Note: Topics courses offered in HAW or HWST will fulfill this requirement. For UH Manoa or West O’ahu transfer, select either BOT 105/HWST 211; HWST 107; or PACS 108 to meet HAP requirement. For UH Hilo transfer, check with an academic counselor.
 Oral Communication in English: One course from this list

BUS/COM 130, COM 145, 210; COM 215/PSY 253;
COM 353/PSY 353; DRAM 221, 222; SP 151, 231, 251.
The UHMC Oral Communication requirement does not satisfy the UH Manoa Oral Communication requirement.Selected courses may satisfy the UH-West O’ahu Oral Communication requirement. Check with an academic  counselor.

Foundations Requirements-Courses used for Foundation requirements may not be used in any other category.
English Communication: 3 credits
FW-ENG 100-Written Communication
Global Multicultural Perpectives: 6 credits (Two courses from a different group)
FGA-Before 1500 CE: HIST 151
FGB-Since 1500 CE: HIST 152; GEOG 102
FGC-Pre-history to present: MUS 107; REL 150
Symbolic Reasoning: 3 credits (Choose one course)
FS-MATH 100, 103, 112, 115, 135, 140, 203, 205, PHIL 110**A student who seeks to use PHIL 110 must complete MATH 82 (C grade or better) or place into MAth 103, to meet the Collegewide Academic Student Learning Outcomes (CASLO) for Symbolic Reasoning. 
Diversification Requirements
Arts, Humanities, Literatures: 5-6 credits (One course from the two different groups)
DA-Diversification Arts: ART 101, 105, 107D, 113, 115, 123BCD, 223, 243, 244;
ART 161/ICS 161, ART 205/ICS 205, ART 218/ICS 261, ART 221/ICS 214;COM/BUS 130;
DRAM 101, 221, 222, 260, 280; ENG 104: HAW 104; HWST 205A, 205E, 205I; MUS 108, 114H,
121C, 121D, 121Z, 122C, 122D, 123, 124, 180, 203, 216, 253; SP 151, 231, 251; TCOM 261.
 DH-Diversification Humanities: ANTH 235/HIST 288; ART 270; HIST 251, 242, 253, 281, 282,
HUM 100, 400, HWST 100BCD, 107 11, 207, 213, 231, 262, 270, 286, 291; MUS 106, 167, 271, 272; PHIL 100, 101, 102, 109, 301, 323; SPAN 180v.
DL-Diversification Literatures: ENG 209, 210, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 257E, 257F, 257R; FIL 261; HAW 261, 262
Natural Sciences: 7 credits (one Biological, one Physical, and one corresponding lab)
 DB-Diversification Physical: ASTR 110; BIOC 241, 244;CHEM 151, 161, 162;GEOG 101; GG 101, 103; OCN 201;PHYS 105, 151, 152, 170, 272,;SCI 122; SSM 101, 201, 202, 402, 403.
 DP-Diversification Biological: AG 122, 174, 200, 253, 265; ANTH 215; BIOL 100, 102, 103, 105, 124, 151, 152, 171, 172, 200, 225, 265, 282; BIOL 101/SCI 121; BOT 101; FSHN 185, 285, 286; MICR 130; PHRM 203, ZOOL 101, 141, 142, 200.
DY-Diversification Lab: AG 122*, 174*, 200, 265; ASTR 110L, BIOL 101/SCI 121, 102, 103, 105,
124L, 152*, 171L, 172L, 200, 225; BOT 101: CHEM 151, 161L, 162L; GEOG 101L; GG 101; MICR 140; OCN 201L; PHYS 151, 152, 170, 272; SCI 122, ZOOL 101, 141, 142, 200.
*If a 3-credit course taken includes a lab, additional credits may be needed to meet the 60-credit AA requirement. A 4-credit course may include a lab-check catalog.
Social Sciences: 6 credits (Two courses from different disciplines)
DS- Diversification Social Sciences; ANTH 150, 165, 200, 210, 225, 281;
BOT 105/HWST 211; COM 145, 210, 215, 353, 459; ECON 120, 130, 131, 150; FAMR 230, 244; PACS 108; POLS 110, 120, 180; PSY 100, 103, 170, 202, 213, 214, 240, 250, 251, 253, 260, 353; SOC 100, 218, 231, 251; SSM 401.
Electives: To meet 60-credit minimum of 100-level or higer coursework, and other graduation requirements not satisfied previously.*
Hawaiian or Second Language recommended: may be required for a bachelor degree. Consult with academic counselor or program coordinator.
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*Interdisciplinary Studies courses do apply. These maximums may be applied: 9 credits Cooperative Education and Work Practicum; 30 credits CR grade.

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