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. The Liberal Arts Education concentration provides students with several courses required when transferring to baccalaureate programs in education at other UH campuses, as well as any other baccalaureate program in which a Liberal Arts AA qualifies.

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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete at least 60 total credits fulfilling the general education requirements as outlined below.
A GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree is needed to meet graduation requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  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. 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.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Liberal Arts Associate of Arts (AA), 60 Credits
Fall Semester 1
  • ENG 100 (FW) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FQ (3-4 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DB or DP (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • Diversification: DB (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DL (and WI) (3 credits)
  • Electives (CH/PH) 2 Diversification: DH (and PC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DH (and PC) (3 credits)
  • Elective: (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DY (1 credits) (Only 1 credit of DY is required - can be completed in semester 1, 2, or 3)
Fall Semester 3
  • Electives (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DA (and AC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DP (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • Electives (9 credits)
  • Oral Communication (OC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)
Total Credits 60

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Associate in Arts Liberal Arts Exploratory Business Concentration (AA), 60 Credits

Liberal Arts Business concentration provides students exposure to business-related courses. Students may transfer to a business-related program at KCC at any point in this concentration’s progression, or complete this AA degree and transfer to a baccalaureate program in business as well as any other baccalaureate program in which a Liberal Arts AA qualifies. For more information about the program click here.

Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 or ACC 201 (3 credits)
  • Business Exploratory Major Electives (3 credits)
  • ECON 130 (DS) (3 credits)
  • ENG 100 (FW) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FQ (3-4 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 or ACC 202 (3 credits)
  • Business Exploratory Major Electives (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DB (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DH (and PC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DY (1 credits) (can be completed in semester 2, 3, or 4).
  • ECON 131 (DS) (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 126 (or Business Exploratory Major Electives) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DL (and WI) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DP (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)s
  • Electives (and CH/PH) (1-4 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • Diversification: DA (and AC) (1-3 credits)
  • Diversification: DB or DP (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (OC) (3 credits)

Total Credits 60

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Associate in Arts Liberal Arts Exploratory Education Concentration (AA), 60 Credits

Fall Semester 1

The Liberal Arts Education concentration provides students with several courses required when transferring to
baccalaureate programs in education at other UH campuses, as well as any other baccalaureate program in
which a Liberal Arts AA qualifies. For more information about the program click here.

Fall Semester 1

  • ENG 100 (FW) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • MATH 111 (3 credits)
  • PSY 220 (DS) 3
  • Diversification: DB or DP (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • Diversification: DB (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DL (and WI) (3 credits)
  • Electives (CH/PH) (2 credits)
  • Diversification: DH (and PC) (3 credits)
  • MATH 112 (FQ) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DY 1* Credit

Fall Semester 3

  • Electives (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • MUS 253 (DA and AC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DP (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • Electives (9 credits)
  • Oral Communication (OC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)

Total Credits 60

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Associate in Arts - Health Concentration (AAS), 60 Credits

The Liberal Arts Health concentration provides students exposure to health-related courses. Completing the Liberal Arts Health concentration allows students to meet the program prerequisites for the KCC Nursing program provided that they meet the minimum requirements. For more information about the program click here.

Fall Semester 1

  • CHEM 151 or CHEM 161 (DP) (3 credits)
  • CHEM 151L or CHEM 161L (DY) (1 credits)
  • ENG 100 (FW) (3 credits)
  • HLTH 140 (CH) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FQ (3-4 credits)
  • PSY 100 (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2 Credits
  • Diversification: DH (and PC) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)
  • MICR 130 (3 credits)
  • MICR 140L (2 credits)
  • PHYL 141 (DB) (3 credits)
  • PHYL 141L (DY) (1 credits)
Fall Semester 3 Credits
  • Electives 3
  • HLTH 155 or NURS 212 (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (OC) (3 credits)
  • PHYL 142 (DB) (3 credits)
  • PHYL 142L (DY) (1 credits)
  • PSY 220 (3 credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • Diversification: DA (and AC) (1-3 credits)
  • Diversification: DL (and WI) (3 credits)
  • Diversification: DS (3 credits)
  • Electives (if required) (3 credits)
  • Foundations: FG (3 credits)

Total Credits 60 Credits

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Fitness Professional Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 21-23 Credits

The Fitness Professional Certificate is for those interested in working in the fitness industry. Among the classes in your certificate is the ACE Personal Trainer Certificate Prep course, which will prepare you to take the ACE Personal Trainer test, and upon passing the test, you can be a certified personal trainer. 
For more information about the program click here.

Fall Semester 1
  • HPER 100 - Health, Wellness, Fitness (2 credits)
  • HPER 270 - ACE Personal Trainer Certification Prep (3 credits)
  • HPER 152 - Weight Training (1 credit)
  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • Choose one of following: HLTH 140 (Fall/Spr), ACCT 124 (Fall/Spr), HOST 100 (Fall/Spr), ENT 130 (Spr) (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • HPER 271 - Personal Trainer Lab (2 credits)
  • SP 151 - Speech (3 credits)
  • HLTH 285 - Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Choose 1 or both: HPER 160 - Fitness Bootcamp or HPER 170 - Beginning Yoga (1-3 credits)

Total 12 Credits

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Marine Option Program Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 12 Credits

Marine Option Program, or "MOP," students work with scientists and the community on marine or fresh water projects to explore their interests, learn more about the ocean, and gain certification of their achievements. For more information about the program click here.

Fall Semester 1
  • OCN 101 (or SCI 199v) (3 credits)
  • OCN 201 (3 credits)
  • MOP Elective Lecture/lab pair (1 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • SCI 199v (3 credits)
  • MOP Elective Lecture (3 credits)
Total 12 credits

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The Mālama ʻĀina Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 25 Credits

The Mālama ʻĀina program is designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for students interested in exploring the scientific and cultural aspects of Hawaiian land stewardship. Students will learn about plants and animals in the context of Hawaiian ecosystems and their inter-connections with the people of Hawaiʻi. Participation in field study will provide the opportunity to progress from study to practice, thus giving back to the ʻāina that feeds us.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Observe, analyze, and describe the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi using indigenous terminology and methodology;
  2. Observe, analyze, and describe the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi using Western scientific terminology and methodology;
  3. Use GIS technology to design, capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present geographically referenced information or data;
  4. Apply Hawaiian and Western knowledge and technological skills to active land stewardship practices.
Fall Semester 1
  • HAW 101 (4 credits)
  • Elective: BOT 105 or ZOOL 105 (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • BOT 130 (3 credits)
  • BOT 130L (1 credit)
  • HAW 102 (4 credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • BIOL 171 (3 credits)
  • BIOL 171L (1 credit)
  • GIS 189 (3 credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • Elective: HWST 107 or HWST 270 3 Credits

Total Credits 25

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Mathematics | Academic Subject Certificate (ASC), 12-15 Credits

The Mathematics ASC is designed for students interested in studying additional math, beyond what is required for their current degree program. Students in this program may opt for a broad study of math, taking a variety of 100-level courses such as Survey of Mathematics, Math for Elementary Teachers, or Statistics and College Algebra.

This pathway offers students an opportunity to explore multiple areas of mathematics that will help them develop critical reasoning and quantitative skills to better understand the world around them. Program Course Sequencing: The required 3-4 credits and 9-11 elective credits can be met in any sequence allowed under the current prerequisite rules.

Students can pursue the Calculus pathway in depth, add an exploration of non-STEM math to their STEM sequence for breadth, or explore broadly in the non- STEM realm and round out their skills with a solid foundation in algebra/functions.

Possible Paths

  • Option 1 – STEM College-Ready sequence: MATH 103, 140X, 241, 242 (15 credits)
  • Option 2 – Calculus ready sequence: MATH 241, 242, 243, 244 (14 credits)
  • Option 3 – Non-STEM exploration sequence: MATH 100, 115, 103, and 140X (13 credits)
  • Option 4 – Elementary Educator Specialization: MATH 111, 112, 103, and 100/115 (12 credits)

Total Credits 12-15

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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.