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
  • MATH 111 (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DB) or (DP): Any DB or DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DS): PSY 240 (3 credits)
  • Foundations (FG): A total of 6 credits are required for this category (3 credits in semester 1 and 3 credits in semester 3). The two courses must be from different time periods. (3 credits)
  • Foundations (FW): ENG 100 (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • Diversification (DB): Any DB course (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DH): Any DH course (and Pacific Cultures, PC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DL): Any DL course (and Writing Intensive, WI) (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DY): Any DY course (1 credit)
    Note: Only 1 credit of DY is required (can be completed in semester 1, 2, or 3)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (Cognitive Health, CH/Physical Health, PH recommended) (2 credits)
  • Foundations (FQ): MATH 112 (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • Diversification (DA): MUS 253 (and Alternative Communication, AC) (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DP): Any DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DS): Any DS course (except PSY courses) (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Foundations (FG): A total of 6 credits are required for this category (3 credits in
    semester 1 and 3 credits in semester 3). The two courses must be from different time periods. (3 credits)

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)

Total credits 60

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