Liberal Arts

WELCOME TO THE LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

The Liberal Arts 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.

Program Admission Requirements

Kaua‘i Community College has an open door policy so that once students are admitted to the College they can designate themselves as Liberal Arts students and be in the program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English.

  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.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Liberal Arts Associate in Arts Degree (AA), 60 credits
 
Fall Semester 1
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (6 credits)
  • Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ): Any FQ course (3 credits)
  • Foundations: Written Communication (FW): Three credits of any FW course (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication: SP 151, SP 185, or SP 251 (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • Diversification: Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), or Literatures (DL) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB) or Physical Sciences (DP): Any DB or DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY): Any DY course (1 credit)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (6 credits) (6 credits)
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. Diversification: Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), and Literatures (DL): A total of 6 credits is required (maximum of 3 credits from any one group). Take 3 credits in Semesters 2 and 3.
  2. Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)/Physical Sciences (DP): Only 1 DB course and 1 DP course is required. If DB is taken in Semester 2, the DP course should be fulfilled in Semester 3 or vice versa.
  3. Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY): Only 1 DY course is required and can be fulfilled in Semester 2 or 3.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 2 and 3. Two courses from different time periods are required.
Fall Semester 3
  • Diversification: Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), or Literatures (DL)(3 credits)
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB) or Physical Sciences (DP): Any DB or DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): Any DS course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits) 

Note:

  1. Diversification: Arts (DA), Humanities (DH), and Literatures (DL): A total of 6 credits is required (maximum of 3 credits from any one group). Take 3 credits in Semesters 2 and 3.
  2.  Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)/Physical Sciences (DP): Only 1 DB course and 1 DP course is required. If DB is taken in Semester 2, the DP course should be fulfilled in Semester 3 or vice versa.
  3. Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 3 and 4. The courses must be from at least two different disciplines.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 2 and 3. Two courses from different time periods are required.
Spring Semester 4
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): Any DS course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (11 credits)

Note:

  1. Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 3 and 4. The courses must be from at least two different disciplines.

Total credits 60

Graduation Requirements 

The following requirements must be satisfied within the 60-credit AA degree

  • Graduation Requirement: Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues (HAP) or Pacific Cultures (PC): Any HAP or PC course
  • Writing Intensive (WI): At least 2 WI courses

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The Liberal Arts 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.