The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu is unveiling new academic offerings—including degrees in Creative Media and Natural Sciences—to address the state’s workforce needs, starting in fall 2019.
With the new degree programs—the bachelor of arts in creative media and the bachelor of science in natural science—UH West Oʻahu will have eight degree programs paired with concentrations in 43 disciplines. The additions align with UH West Oʻahu’s mandate to provide distinctive programs to students living and working in West Oʻahu and those who access classes through distance learning.
The campus is also introducing concentrations that center around healthcare—health information management, Hawaiian and indigenous health and healing, health professions and long-term care, most of which will be housed in the campus’ new Administration and Health Science building that opened in December 2018. In addition to these offerings, there will be a new undergraduate gender studies certificate available.
The bachelor of arts degree in creative media is being established with the autonomy and flexibility necessary for curriculum to be more responsive to the needs of a constantly evolving industry. It will soon be housed in the new Creative Media Facility, which is set to open in fall 2020 on the campus. The new creative media degree offers concentrations in communications and new media technologies, design and media, video game design and development and general creative media.
The bachelor of science in natural science is the first STEM degree at UH West Oʻahu. The degree is designed to have an applied and technical focus that it will differentiate it from existing programs. It addresses the needs of students residing in West Oʻahu who want to pursue an affordable four-year STEM degree close to home. The first concentration offered through the natural science degree is applied mathematics.