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Holokai: Your Academic Voyage


Anciently, Pacific Islanders sailed to new lands in voyaging canoes using the stars and waves for navigation.  The Hawaiians call this voyage holokai (kai = ocean, holo = to go, to move, to travel).  

Today students at BYU-Hawaii chart their own academic voyages.  Students plan out individual paths to graduation and future destinations by combining a major with two minors or certificates.  Mapping out your own academic voyage allows you to have both breath and depth of knowledge in a combination that will set you on your voyage to your own personal destination in life.

All students share some central academic experiences, Religious Education courses and a core of Math and English.  But in addition to that, each student puts together a unique combination of programs that will include something in each category: Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences, and Professional Studies. Click for a visual summary

The shared compass for each student's voyage are the BYU-Hawaii outcomes, that students develop both breadth and depth of knowledge and the thinking skills and character of a servant-leader, the ability to inquire, analyze, and communicate and to act with integrity, stewardship, and service, to prepare them to serve in a world community as productive, responsible citizens and as faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2017 Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

Core Classes + Major and 2 minors/certificates in 3 different areas (Breadth & Depth) + Religious Education

Core Classes

  • Mathematics Requirement-Quantitative and Logical Reasoning (3 - 5 credit hours) The math requirement can be completed by taking one of the following:
    • Statistics: MATH 221, BIOL 340, PSYC 205, POSC 200/300 & POSC 204/304, or EXS 339
    • Calculus: MATH 112, MATH 113, or MATH 119.
    • Trigonometry: MATH 111
    • Quantitative Reasoning: MATH 107
    • Discrete Mathematics: CIS 205 & 205L
    • Any upper division math course (300 or 400 level).
  • Reading/Writing/Speaking (3 credit hours)
    • ENGL 101 Communication in Writing, Speaking, and Reading (3)
  • Advanced Writing (3 credit hours)  The advanced writing requirement can be completed by taking one of the following:

    • ENGL 314 Exposition and Analysis in the Humanities (3) or ENGL 315 Topics for Advanced Writing and Analysis (3) or ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3) 

    • Approved Senior Seminar in the major: BIOL 492, CHEM 494, HIST 490, CS 491-493

Breadth and Depth of Education

All majors, minors, and certificates are grouped into three areas reflecting different ways of knowing (epistemologies).  All students must complete their major in one area and a minor/certificate in each of the other two areas.  Programs offered by the same department in different categories may be taken, but the second program from the same department will not count toward completing the Academic Program requirements.

To complete Academic Program requirements there must be one program in different departments in each of the three areas: Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences, Professional Studies.  (* = also fills the Professional Studies category)  Be aware that during the initial roll-out of the curriculum that new programs will appear and some may change category.  Click here to see a PDF version of this chart  

Department
Arts and Humanities
Math and Sciences
Professional Studies
 
Majors
Minors(m)/Cert(cs)
Majors
Minors(m)/Cert(cs)
Majors
Minors(m)/Cert(ct)
ACCOUNTING
 
 
 
 
Accounting
Accounting(m)
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
(with The Willes Entrepreneurship Center
and the BYUH Center for Hospitality & Tourism) 
 
 
 
Economics
(forthcoming)
Bus Mgt-Fin
Bus Mgt-HR & Org
Bus Mgt-Mktg
Bus Mgt-Op & Sup
Hosp & Tourism
Entrepreneurship(m)
Entrepreneurship(ct)
Hosp & Tourism(m)
Human Resources (m)
Leadership (m)
Marketing (m)
COMPUTER & INFO SCIENCES
 
 
Computer Science
Information Technology
 
Computer Science(m)
Information Technology(m)
Web Development(m)
Information Systems
 
Agile Project Mgmt(ct)
Digital Business (ct)
Digital Security(ct, m)
Enterprise Bus. Systems(m)
Information Systems(m)
Mobile App Dev, Intro to (m)
Web Design(m)
 
CULTURES & LANGUAGES
Hawaiian Studies
Pacific Island Studies
Hawaiian Language (ct, m)
Hawaiian Studies(m)
Pacific Island Studies(m)
 
 
 
 
Cultural Anthropology,
Communication Studies,
Integrated Humanities,
Peacebuilding
Anthropology(m)
Asian Studies(m)
Film (m)
Anth(m)
Comm(m)
Hum(m)
 
 
 
Media Journalism(ct)
Peacebuilding(ct)
StrategicCom(ct)
 
American Sign L(ct)
Chinese(m)
Foundational Language Study (m)
Japanese(m)
Spanish(m)
 
 
 
 Foundational Language Study (m)
EDUCATION
 
 
 
 
Business Ed*
Elementary Ed
Secondary Ed*
Education(m)
Special Ed(ct)
ENGLISH & THEATRE
English
English Ed*
Creative Wr(m)
English(m)
Theatre(m)
 
 
 
Prof Writing(m)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING & LRN
TESOL
TESOL Ed*
Linguistics(m)
 
 
 
TESOL, Intro to (m)
TESOL(ct)
EXCERCISE & SPORT SCIENCE
 
 
EXS Biomedical
EXS Health
EXS Sport Perform
EXS Ed*
Health & Human Performance(m) 
EXS Business
EXS Sp & Fit Mgt
Coaching(m)
HISTORY
History
History Ed*
Social Sci Ed*
History(m)
 
 
 
 
MATHEMATICS
 
 
Math-Applied
Math-Pure
Math Ed*
Math(m)
Math, Intro to (m)
Math, Foundational (m)
 
 
MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS
Art Ed *
Art-Graphic Des
Art-Painting
Music-General
Music-Piano
Music-Vocal
Music-Instrum
Music-World
Intro to Art(m)
Music(m)
Painting(ct)
Photo/Video(ct)
Piano Perf.(m)
Sculpture(ct)
 
 
 
 
 
NATURAL SCIENCES
 
 
Biochemistry
Biology General
Biology Marine
Biol Molecular
Biol Biomedical
Biology Ed*
Chemistry Ed*
Physical Sci Ed*
Physics Ed*
Biochemistry(m)
Biology(m)
Chemistry(m)
Chemistry, Intro to (m)
Conservation Biol. (m)
Marine Biol., Intro to (m)
Natural Science, Intro to (m)
Nutritional Science, Intro to (m)
Intro to Physics (m)
 
 
POLITICAL SCIENCE
 
 
Political Science
Political Science(m)
 
Crim Justice (ct)
Emer Mgt(ct)
Governance (ct)
Intl Develop(ct)
Legal Studies (ct)
Public Mgt (m)
PSYCHOLOGY
 
 
Psychology
Psychology(m)
 
Org Behavior(m)
SOCIAL WORK
 
 
 
 
Social Work
Social Work(m)

Graduation Requirements:
GE CORE (ENGL 101, MATH, ENGL 315) plus 1 program from each column and from different departments

For those wishing to pursue an Interdisciplinary Studies major with the 2017 Curriculumthe primary and secondary emphases may count as separate breadth areas, but they cannot replace the need for two additional curricular programs in addition to what is in the IDS major. Three of the emphases and/or minors must be in different breadth areas.

Optional Transition for Current Students (Prior to those admitted in Fall 2017) 

GE Core Option

Language Option

Math  107 or Statistics or Calculus

Math  107 or Statistics or Calculus

English 101

English 101

English 315/Adv Writing

English 315/Adv Writing

Major + 1 Program in a different category/dept

Major + 1 Program in a different category/dept

 

And Language – EIL or Test or 201 level

And all 4 GE Core Classes

And 2 GE Core Classes

GE 100 or HIST 192, HIST 201, HWST 101, PAIS 105

GE 100 or HIST 192, HIST 201, HWST 101, PAIS 105

GE 110 or POSC 190, ENGL 201, ENGL 251

GE 110 or POSC 190, ENGL 201, ENGL 251

GE 120 or any natural science or PSYC 111

GE 120 or any natural science or PSYC 111

GE 300 or HIST 202, ANTH 105, HIST 305, HIST 344, PAIS 300

GE 300 or HIST 202, ANTH 105, HIST 305, HIST 344, PAIS 300

Requirements for General Education for Students transferring with an Associate's Degree

Associate’s degrees (AAS, AGS, AS, AA, ALS)* from accredited colleges and Universities will be accepted to complete GE requirements, with the additional course work of: Advanced Writing (ENG 315, etc.) (3 hours)

Starting Fall 2016: For any student transferring in credit without an Associate’s Degree listed above*, credits will be reviewed course by course to grant equivalencies or substitutions.  Total credits transferred will also be considered.

Where will your voyage take you?

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2015 General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

Area I - Inquiry and Engagement

Quantitative and Logical Reasoning and Second Language Acquisition

  1. Mathematics Requirement-Quantitative and Logical Reasoning (3 - 5 credit hours) The math requirement can be completed by taking one of the following:
    • Statistics: MATH 221, BIOL 340, PSYC 205, POSC 200/300 & POSC 204/304 or EXS 339
    • Calculus: MATH 112, MATH 113, or MATH 119.
    • Trigonometry: MATH 111
    • Quantitative Reasoning: MATH 107
    • Discrete Mathematics: CIS 205 & 205L.
    • Any upper division math course (300 or 400 level).
  2. Language Requirement--Second Language Acquisition (0-8 credit hours) The language requirement may be fulfilled in any one of the following ways:
    • Passing a language course at the 201 level or above.
    • Receiving credit by examination in language courses through the 201 level.
    • Test out of the 201 level without credit.
    • Certify English Competence (required for non-native speakers) by:
      • Completing EIL requirements.
      • Demonstrating English proficiency above the EIL level.
  3. Reading/Writing/Speaking (3 credit hours)
    • ENGL 101 Communication in Writing, Speaking, and Reading (3)
  4. Physical Education (1 credit hour min.)
    • EXS 177 Fitness for Living (1) or EXS 129 Fitness & Lifestyle Management (2)
  5. General Education Core Classes (9 credit hours)
    • GE 100 Local Communities: Principles of Civic & Moral Engagement or HIST 192 or HIST 201 or HWST 101 or PAIS 105 (3)
    • GE 110 Critical Inquiry and Analysis or ENGL 201 or ENGL 251 (3)
    • GE 120 Scientific Reasoning or PSYC 111 or any natural science class (3)

NOTES: The following courses are designed to help students sharpen their skills for success in college. Although they are not included as General Education requirements, nor can one obtain GE credit for taking them, students would be well advised to consider taking them as elective credits if needed to prepare for later classes.

  • STDEV 101 Introduction to University Life (2)
  • CRDEV 102 Career Development (1)
  • IS 91 Personal Productivity with IS Technology (3)
  • MATH 97, 100, 101, 110
  • World Language at 101 level

Area II - Breadth of Knowledge

  1. Humanities & Culture (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ART 220 Experience in Visual Arts (3)
    • ART 255 Beginning Ceramics (3)
    • ART 196 Art History I (3)
    • ENGL 201 Literary Analysis and Research (3)
    • ENGL 251 Fundamentals of Literature (3)
    • HWST 101 Introduction to Hawaiian Studies (3)
    • HUM 101 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    • HUM 290 Introduction to Film (3)
    • ICS 261 Cultures of Oceania (3)
    • ICS 262 Cultures of Asia (3)
    • ICS 264 Cultures of Europe (3)
    • ICS 266 Cultures of Latin America (3)
    • MUSC 101 Introduction to Music Literature (3)
    • MUSC 102 World Music Cultures (3)
    • MUSC 103 Music Fundamentals (3)
    • MUSC 384 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (3)
    • MUSC 385 Music History II: 1750 to 1900 (3)
    • MUSC 386 Music History III: Music since 1900 (3)
    • PAIS 105 Introduction to Pacific Island Studies (3)
    • THEA 115 Introduction to Theatre (3)
  2. Science & Technology (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ASTR 104 Principles of Astronomy (3)
    • BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology (3)
    • BIOL 112 General Biology (3) (science majors only)
    • CHEM 100 The World of Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (3) (science majors only)
    • CIS 100/200 Fundamentals of Information Systems & Technology (3)
    • CIS 101 Beginning Programming
    • GEOL 105 Geology of the Pacific Basin (3)
    • IT 240 Fundamentals of Web Design & Technology (3)
    • PHSC 100 Principles of Physical Science (3)
    • PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics (3)
    • PHYS 121 General Physics I (3)
    • OCEN 201 Oceanography (3)
  3. Social Science (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ANTH 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • COMM 110 Intercultural Communication (3)
    • ECON 110 Society and Economic Choices (3)
    • ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • EDU 200 Human Growth and Learning in Schools (3)
    • GEOG 101 Introductory Geography (3)
    • HIST 120 American History to 1865 (3)
    • HIST 121 American History Since 1865 (3)
    • HIST 201 History of Civilization to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 202 History of Civilization Since 1500 (3)
    • LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    • POSC 101 Introduction to Politics (3)
    • POSC 110 American Government (3)
    • POSC 170 International Relations (3)
    • PSYC 111 General Psychology (3)
    • SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCW 160 Social Welfare (3)

Area III - Advanced GE

  1. World Communities (3 credit hours)
    • GE 300 World Communities  or HIST 202 or HIST 305 or HIST 344 or ANTH 105 or PAIS 300
  2. Advanced Writing (3 credit hours)
    • ENGL 314 Exposition and Analysis in the Humanities (3) or ENGL 315Topics for Advanced Writing and Analysis(3) or ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3) or Approved Senior Seminar in the Major

Summary of General Education and University Requirements

    1. General Education Requirements
      • Area I: Inquiry & Engagement (varies)
        • Math (3-5)
        • Language (0-7)
        • Reading/Writing/Speaking (3)
        • Physical Education (1)
        • GE Core (9)
      • Area II: Breadth of Knowledge (6)*
      • Area III: Advanced GE (6)

*Students take the breadth of knowledge classes outside their major for GE credit and the section that falls within their major will have a class that will be part of their major hours.

  1. Religious Education Requirements (14)
  2. Major Requirements and Electives (as needed, varies by major)
  3. Minimum Total Hours for Graduation: 120 credit hours

Requirements for General Education for Students transferring with an Associate's Degree

Associate’s degrees (AAS, AGS, AS, AA, ALS)* from accredited colleges and Universities will be accepted to complete GE requirements, with the additional course work of: Advanced Writing (ENG 315, etc.) and World Communities (GE 300) (6 hours)

Starting Fall 2016: For any student transferring in credit without an Associate’s Degree listed above*, credits will be reviewed course by course to grant equivalencies or substitutions.  Total credits transferred will also be considered.

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Qualities of a Generally Educated Student (pre-2015 GE Program)

The generally educated student will:

  • Pursue truth. The student will seek to learn truth through a variety of discovery processes, search for knowledge, and be able to synthesize and analyze information.
  • Communicate effectively. The student will be able to demonstrate throughout the curriculum the abilities to read and listen with understanding and express complex ideas in spoken and written forms.
  • Solve problems. The student will think innovatively, and apply appropriate strategies for resolution of life's problems.
  • Respond aesthetically. The student will be able to respond with sensitivity and discrimination to various creative forms.
  • Behave ethically. The student will be able to purposefully define personal values, apply ethical and religious principles in making moral judgments, and accept the consequences of decisions.
  • Integrate socially. The student will develop an understanding of various perspectives, elicit the views of others and be able to integrate successfully in collaborative environments.
  • Be globally responsible. The student will recognize the interdependence of global forces and local contexts, learning to act with an understanding of the social and environmental issues that shape the world.

General Education Philosophy

The three pillars of the university curriculum comprise our students' university education. The seven qualities built on these pillars provide a powerful starting point for continuous learning and living a full life. BYU–Hawaii has a singular commitment to education as a process of creating cross-disciplinary connections. We hold that exemplary learning occurs among those who are aware of what they are learning and how much more there is to know. The humility inherent among such learners is worthy of our greatest efforts. A BYU–Hawaii education exists because of prophetic visions in harmony with scriptural injunctions to study and learn and become acquainted with all good books, with languages, tongues, and people, with things both in heaven and in the earth, and with countries and kingdoms (D&C 90: 15, D&C 88: 79).

The general education requirement at BYU–Hawaii is divided into three areas: Area I-Basic Skills, Area II-Fundamental Knowledge, and Area III- Synthesis. Courses in Area I are designed to provide basic analytical, computational, and communication skills including quantitative methods, critical analysis, and reading and writing skills. These competencies will provide a foundation enabling the student to acquire the broader knowledge in Areas II and III. The area I courses will prepare the student for success in other university courses including those in his or her major and will provide the skills needed to care for and maintain the body. With these tool skills, the student will be ready for a lifetime of learning.

Courses in Area II present the fundamental knowledge of humankind. These courses introduce students in a general rather than in a technical way to the ideas, orientations, theories, methodologies, contributions and cultural heritage of various disciplines and professions.

Courses in Area III are designed to come later in the college experience after most, if not all, of Area I and II courses, have been completed. They are intended to help students synthesize and evaluate their former learning and see themselves in the stream of history.

General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

Area I - Basic Skills

All students must meet the pre-college mathematics requirement by:

  1. Achieving a score of at least 22 on the ACT Math Test, or
  2. Achieving a score of at least 500 on the SAT Math Test, or
  3. Achieving a total of at least 26 by combining the sub-score for the Pre-Algebra and Elementary Algebra section with the sub-score for the Intermediate Algebra and Coordinate Geometry section of the ACT Mathematics Test, or
  4. Completing Math 106A/B (4 credit hours) or any higher-level mathematics course.
  5. Pass Math 110 or any higher level math class.

Quantitative and Logical Reasoning or Second Language Acquisition

A student may elect to take either the mathematics or the language track in sections A and B below:

  1. Mathematics Track-Quantitative and Logical Reasoning (3 - 5 credit hours) The math track can be completed by testing out of or taking one of the following:
    • Statistics: MATH 221, SOCW 486, PSYC 205, POSC 200 & POSC 204 or EXS 339
    • Calculus: MATH 112, MATH 113, or MATH 119.
    • Discrete Mathematics: CIS 205 & 205L.
    • Any upper division math course (300 or 400 level).
    • Math 107
  2. Language Track--Second Language Acquisition (0-12 credit hours) The requirement may be fulfilled in any one of the following ways:
    • Passing a language course at the 201 level or above.
    • Receiving credit by examination in language courses through the 201 level.
    • Test out of the 201 level without credit.
    • Certify English Competence (required for non-native speakers) by:
      • Completing EIL requirements.
      • Demonstrating English proficiency above the EIL level.
    • Completing music theory through MUSC 212 and 212L.

Basic Reading/Writing/Speaking (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 101 Communication in Writing, Speaking and Reading (3)

Exercise and Sports Science (2 credit hours)

  • EXS 177 Fitness for Living (1) or EXS 129 Fitness & Lifestyle Management (2)*
  • One Exercise and Sports Science 100 series activity course (1)

*EXS 129 by itself does not fulfill the 2 required EXS GE credits - student must still complete a 100 series activity course.

NOTES: The following courses are designed to help students sharpen their skills for success in college. Although they are not included as General Education requirements, nor can one obtain GE credit for taking them, students would be well advised to consider taking them as elective credits.

  • STDEV 101 Introduction to University Life I (2)
  • STDEV 102 Introduction to University Life II (1)
  • IS 91 Personal Productivity with IS Technology (3)

Area II - Fundamental Knowledge

Introduction to the Fundamental ideas and Philosophical Underpinnings of Civilization (6 credit hours)

  1. Literary Expression (3 credit hours)
    • ENGL 201 Literary Analysis and Research (3)
  2. Artistic Expression (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ART 220 Experience in Visual Arts (3)
    • ART 255 Beginning Ceramics (3)
    • ART 196 Art History I (3)
    • HWST 101 Introduction to Hawaiian Studies (3)
    • ICS 261 Cultures of Oceania (3)
    • ICS 262 Cultures of Asia (3)
    • ICS 264 Cultures of Europe (3)
    • ICS 266 Cultures of Latin America (3)
    • MUSC 101 Introduction to Music Literature (3)
    • MUSC 102 World Music Cultures (3)
    • MUSC 103 Music Fundamentals (3)
    • THEA 115 Introduction to Theatre (3)
    • HUM 101 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    • HUM 290 Introduction to Film (3)
    • PAIS 105 Introduction to Pacific Island Studies (3)
    • LCOM 102 Local Communities: Principles of Civic and Moral Engagement (3)

Introduction to the Natural World (6 credit hours)

  1. Biological Science (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology (3)
    • BIOL 112 General Biology (3) (science majors only)
    • INQ 120 (3) (for A or B)
  2. Physical Science (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ASTR 104 Principles of Astronomy (3)
    • CHEM 100 The World of Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I (3) (science majors only)
    • GEOL 105 Geology of the Pacific Basin (3)
    • PHSC 100 Principles of Physical Science (3)
    • PHYS 100 Conceptual Physics (3)
    • PHYS 121 General Physics I (3)
    • INQ 120 (3) (for A or B)
  3. Introduction to the Human Environment (3 credit hours) Any course from the following list:
    • ANTH 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • COMM 110 Intercultural Communication (3)
    • ECON 110 Society and Economic Choices (3)
    • ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • GEOG 101 Introductory Geography (3)
    • HIST 120 American History to 1865 (3)
    • HIST 121 American History Since 1865 (3)
    • POSC 101 Introduction to Politics (3)
    • POSC 110 American Government (3)
    • POSC 170 International Relations (3)
    • PSYC 111 General Psychology (3)
    • SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCW 160 Social Welfare (3)

Area III - Synthesis

    1. History of Civilizations (6 credit hours) A two-semester sequence:
      • HIST 201 History of Civilizations to 1500 (3)
      • HIST 202 History of Civilizations since 1500 (3)
      • INQ 110 (3) (for II-A or III-A)

Note: Various sections may be taught from different perspectives (politics, philosophy, literature, economics, etc.) but each will be history-based and address the same fundamental questions.

  1. Advanced Writing (3 credit hours)
    • ENGL 314 Exposition and Analysis in the Humanities (3) or ENGL 315 Topics for Advanced Writing and Analysis(3) or ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3) or Approved Senior Seminar in the Major
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credit hours)

    Students will choose from a variety of courses that transcend the artificial divisions of scholarly disciplines. These interdisciplinary studies courses will frequently be team taught, using the expertise and resources of several academic areas. (Prerequisites are ENGL 101, ENGL 201, HIST 201 and HIST 202, and completion of 60 or more credits)

Summary of General Education and University Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    • Area I: Basics Skills
      • Math Track (5-10)
      • Language Track (5-17)
    • Area II: Fundamental Knowledge (15)
    • Area III: Synthesis (12)
    • Total General Education Requirement
      • Math Track (32-37)
      • Language Track (32-44)
  2. Religious Education Requirements (14)
  3. Major Requirements and Electives (as needed, varies by major)
  4. Minimum Total Hours for Graduation: 120 credit hours