Features of the GenEd Program
Greater student say in what students study.
Enriched first-year curriculum.
Flexibility makes graduation in 4 years possible.
A GenEd Core of 31 credits with many choices (including more than a
thousand upper-division courses) has replaced the previous Core which
required 40 credits and offered few choices.
Transfer credits from other colleges and universities are more likely to
count toward UHM GenEd Requirements because decision is based on
criteria-governed standards rather than “course equivalent” definitions.
Students who transfer to UHM with Junior or Senior standing do not have
to “back track” by taking lower-division courses because Diversification
and Focus classes are offered at the 300- and 400-level. In addition,
students are required to take several upper-division Focus classes.
New attention paid to social needs.
Students take Focus classes which emphasize Hawaiian, Asian, & Pacific
Issues; Contemporary Ethical Issues; Oral Communication; and Writing.
Faculty members across the curriculum are encouraged to offer Focus
classes within their subject areas and for students in their Majors.
Student’s Major is central to educational coherence.
Flexibility in GenEd Requirements and the variety of choices allows the
GenEd Program to complement a Major’s requirements, not conflict with
Students complete their Diversification and Focus requirements
throughout their 4 years (instead of in their first 2 years) by taking
courses that suit their personal and professional goals.
Diversification courses range from 100- to 400-level and are offered by
most UHM colleges/schools. Students are required to complete at least 4
Focus classes at the 300- or 400-level.
Credits and waivers are available to students who enter with
Students with prior language experience can receive 3-16 “back credits”
by taking a non-introductory-level language course.
Students with extraordinary educational experience can receive a Focus
or Diversification course waiver.
On-going assessment built into the Program.