Exploratory Education Concentration

WELCOME TO THE LIBERAL ARTS EXPLORATORY MAJOR: EDUCATION 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

To meet graduation requirements, all programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree.

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 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 Exploratory Major: Education Associate in Arts Degree (AA), 60 credits
 
Fall Semester 1
  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • MATH 111 - Math for Elementary Teachers I (3 credits)
  • PSY 240 - Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB) or Physical Sciences (DP): Any DB or DP course (3 credits)
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. ENG 100: This course fulfills the 3 credits required for the Foundations: Written Communication (FW) category.
  2. PSY 240: This course fulfills 3 of the 9 credits required for the Diversification: Social Sciences (DS) category.
  3. Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)/Physical Sciences (DP): A total of 9 credits is required. Take 1 DB course in Semester 2, 1 DP course in Semester 3, and 1 DB or DP course in Semester 1. They must be different courses.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 1 and 3. Two courses from different time periods are required.

Spring Semester 2

  • MATH 112 - Math for Elementary Teachers II (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB): Any DB course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Humanities (DH): Any DH course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY): Any DY course (1 credit)
  • Diversification: Literatures (DL): Any DL course (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (2 credits)

Note:

  1. MATH 112: This course fulfills the 3 credits required for the Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) category.
  2. Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)/Physical Sciences (DP): A total of 9 credits is required. Take 1 DB course in Semester 2, 1 DP course in Semester 3, and 1 DB or DP course in Semester 1. They must be different courses.
  3. Diversification: Humanities (DH): The DH course should also be designated as a Pacific Cultures (PC) course.
  4. Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY): Only 1 DY course is required and can be fulfilled in Semester 1, 2, or 3.
  5. Diversification: Literatures (DL): The DL course should also be designated as a Writing Intensive (WI) course.
  6. Electives: At least 2 credits should be designated as a Cognitive Health (CH) or Physical Health (PH) course.

Fall Semester 3

  • MUS 253 - Basic Experiences of Music (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Physical Sciences (DP): Any DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): Any DS course (3 credits) 
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits) 
  • Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): Any FGA, FGB, or FGC course (3 credits)

Note:

  1. MUS 253: This course fulfills the 3 credits required for the Diversification: Arts (DA) category, as well as the Alternative Communication (AC) graduation requirement.
  2. Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB)/Physical Sciences (DP): A total of 9 credits is required. Take 1 DB course in Semester 2, 1 DP course in Semester 3, and 1 DB or DP course in Semester 1. They must be different courses.
  3. Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): An additional 6 credits are necessary to fulfill the 9 credits required for this category. Take 3 credits in Semesters 3 and 4. At least one of the courses cannot be a PSY course.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits is required. Take 3 credits in Semesters 1 and 3. Two courses from different time periods are required.

Spring Semester 4

  • Diversification (DS): Any DS course (except PSY courses) (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (except PSY courses) (9 credits)
  • Oral Communication (OC): Any OC course (3 credits)
  1. Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): An additional 6 credits are necessary to fulfill the 9 credits required for this category. Take 3 credits in Semesters 3 and 4. At least one of the courses cannot be a PSY course.

Total credits 60

Graduation Requirement

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

  • Alternative Communication (AC): Any AC course
  • Graduation Requirement: Health and Wellness (Cognitive Health, CH, or Physical Health, PH): Two credits of any CH or PH course 2 credits
  • Graduation Requirement: Pacific Cultures (PC): At least one PC course
  • Writing Intensive (WI): At least 1 WI course

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