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Program Description

Arts & Humanities programs draw on the established methodologies of social science and humanistic training, whether this takes the form of historical, linguistic, or cultural inquiry, or from active participation in the visual and performing arts.

Majors

Minors

Certificates

Art (Graphic Design) Major     Graphic Design: Students will learn design concepts and principles for visual problem solving. The curriculum focuses on the foundations of formal, aesthetic and analytical knowledge, critical thinking, and skills while exploring various media and ever changing context and function of visual communciation. Intro Course: ART 112
Art (Painting) Major     The Painting major enables students to develop their artistic and creative skills by learning and applying principles of visual communication. Studio classes focus primarily on the observation and representation of traditional subjects. Students are taught traditional methods of observation and technical execution as they explore a variety of two-dimensional media including charcoal, oil, watercolor, and digital painting. This major is a preparation for further career advancement in such fields as traditional studio (figure, landscape, still life painting, etc.), illustration, concept art and visual development, as well as foundation for graduate school in most art related programs. Intro Course: ART 112
Art-Education Major     The Art Education program offered in the secondary education teacher education program is designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in Art. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach Art in grades 7 through 12 in public or private schools. Intro courses: EDU 212, EDU 200
  Asian Studies Minor   Provides students with a foundation in Chinese and Japanese literatures as well as the history, culture, and geography of Asia. Intro Courses: ASNS 105
  Chinese Minor   Provides students with a foundation in intermediate Chinese and Chinese literature. Intro Course: CHIN 201
Communication and Media Studies Major Communication Studies Minor  

Media of communication play a crucial role in shaping the world we live in: from the press, to social media, to film and to other entertainment media. The Communication Studies curriculum teaches students the foundation of ethical and effective communication in a cross-cultural context. The curriculum includes a wide range of topics, addressing important issues such as media criticism, message design, media processes and effects. Students are expected to develop analytical, leadership, teamwork skills, and the ability to articulate, in verbal and written forms, ideas in the contemporary media landscape. Intro Courses: COMM 110, COMM 200

The Communication Studies minor introduces to students the foundations of the discipline of communication studies and provides an array of topical options within the major field, such as media and society, socio-political aspects of media practice, race and gender dynamics, and intercultural communication. Intro Course: COMM 200

  Creative Writing Minor   The creative writing minor focuses on the reading and production of imaginative writing in various genres—mainly fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction (personal essay and memoir), and will introduce students to the world of editing and publishing. The minor is also preparation for a variety of writing-related fields such as journalism, technical writing, freelance writing, marketing and advertising, and even some social sciences where writing with style is highly valued. Intro Course: ENGL 218R
Cultural Anthropology Major Cultural Anthropology Minor   Provides students with a foundation in the study of culture, particularly in cultural systems, narratives and performances, globalization, political and economic systems, religion, ethnography, applied anthropology, etc. Students who study cultural anthropology find employment opportunities in international organizations (i.e., U.N.), government agencies, corporations, historical/cultural associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Intro Course: ANTH 105
English Major

English Minor

  The English major and minor give broad preparation in critical thinking and communication, helping students to become better writers and speakers and to approach problems analytically. Students will work to read texts closely and provide evidence for well-written claims. They will encounter texts from a variety of time periods and genres and build strong skills in the English language. Intro Course: ENGL 251
English-Education Major

 

  The English Education program offered in the secondary education teacher education program is designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in English. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach English in grades 7 through 12 in public or private schools. Intro courses: EDU 212, EDU 200
  Film Minor   Film Studies provides students with critical perspectives on films. It has a more defined career path for students, with potential careers in media production, advertising/marketing/campaigning, public relations, instructional material development, visual communications, and the film industry. Intro Course: FILM 102
 

Foundational Language Study Minor

  The Foundational Language Study Minor program allows students to explore the foundation of foreign languages and their cultures and to obtain at least the intermediate level of fluency in one of the languages of choice. Intro Course: Any Language 101 course
 

Hawaiian Language Minor

Hawaiian Language Certificate

Hawaiian Language Minor: Students will learn basic sentence structure patterns, vocabulary, short phrases, and the memorization of short chants and songs. The goal is to increase communicative language skills so that students can demonstrate the beginning of proficiency levels of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Hawaiian. Emphasis will also be placed on the proper usage of words, grammar, pronounciation, and intonation. Over the course of the minor, students will be able to use sentence patterns to formulate short dialogs, stories, and speeches. Intro Course: HAWN 101

Hawaiian Language Certificate: Students will understand and communicate the Hawaiian language, both written and spoken, with a solid foundation in grammar and phonology, the history and origin of the language, as well as it's current status relative to the traditional and contemporary culture of Hawai'i. The goal is to become proficient and functional speakers of the language in various contexts and settings. The minor will focus on the development of oral language communicative skills, the translation of texts both traditional and modern, the composition of original written texts, and the analyzing of native speech. Intro Course: HAWN 301

Hawaiian Studies Major

Hawaiian Studies Minor

  Provides students with a foundation in Hawaiian culture and history. Intro Class: HWST 101
History Major

History Minor

  Understand the past to forge the future.  Courses prepare students to understand the relevance of history and the principles of historical inquiry from local, national, and global perspectives. Intro Courses: Hist 120, 121, 192, 200, 201, or 202
History-Education Major

 

  The History Education program offered in the secondary education teacher education program is designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in History. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach History in grades 7 through 12 in public or private schools. Intro courses: EDU 212, EDU 200
Integrated Humanities Major Integrated Humanities Minor  

The study of Integrated Humanities will provide students with a way to productively approach world cultures through their arts, music, literatures, film, folklore, history, theatre, philosophies, and aesthetics. While being introduced to new ideas, students will also have the opportunity to explore and survey critical theories and apply them in analyzing and interpreting creative works from different cultures and time periods. Intro course: HUM 151

The Integrated Humanities minor introduces the fundamental methods and approaches to the study of world cultures through their arts, music, literatures, film, folklore, history, theatre, philosophies, and aesthetics. Intro course: HUM 151

Intercultural Peacebuilding Major     The Intercultural Peacebuiling major emphasizes theories of harmony, cross-cultural leadership and negotiation, and conflict resolution and transformation at the interpersonal, community and international levels. It also highlights the spiritual components of these areas such as forgiveness and reconciliation. The major draws on a broad range of theories from the academic disciplines of anthropology, communications, cultural studies, political science, psychology, history, economics, and international law. Additionally, the major provides practical tools like mediation, facilitation and NGO creation in real world projects connected to the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding to give students a skill base to compliment their theoretical learning. Intro Course: IPB 121
  Japanese Minor   Provides students with intermediate Japanese and Japanese literature. Intro Course: JPN 201
  Linguistics Minor  

The Linguistics minor introduces students to the principles and systems that underlie human language (e.g, phonology, morphology, syntax), as well as its acquisition and use. Intro Course:  LING 210

  Linguistics, Intro Minor    
  Music Minor   The music minor at BYUH invites students to participate in music at the university level, including academic studies and performance opportunities in solo and ensemble settings. 
Music     Through rigorous training, students are equipped to perform artistically, to teach effectively, and to provide music leadership in the Church and in the community. In addition to the Western tradition in music, students also learn cultural sensitivity through contact with diverse world music cultures.
-General Music Major      
-Piano Performance Major      
-Instrumental Performance Major      
-Vocal Performance Major      
-World Music Studies Major      
Pacific Island Studies Major

Pacific Island Studies Minor

  Provides students with a foundation in Pacific Islands history and culture. Intro Course: PAIS 105
  Painting Minor   The Painting minor allows students to learn foundation principles of observation, design, and technique to advance their skills in two-dimensional image creation. Studio courses focus primarily on drawing and painting traditional subjects in charcoal, oil, watercolor and digital media. Intro Course: ART 112
  Piano Performance Minor   Entrance into this minor is by audition with the piano-area coordinator, Dr. Scott McCarrey (Auditorium 164).
  Sculpture Minor   The Sculpture minor provides students the opportunity to explore the technical, formal, and theoretical concerns of creating meaningful 3-dimensional objects. Through working from the figure and observation, students learn about medium, form, and content. Intro Course: ART 112
Social Science-Education Major     The Social Science Education program offered in the secondary education teacher education program is designed to meet the performance standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) and to provide a classroom oriented knowledge base in Social Science. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach Social Science in grades 7 through 12 in public or private schools. Intro courses: EDU 212, EDU 200
  Spanish Minor   Provides students with a foundation in intermediate Spanish and Spanish literature. Intro Course: SPAN 201
Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) Major    

The TESOL major thoroughly prepares future teachers for the ESL market by addressing the major principles governing the English language, as well as the theories and practices behind effective foreign language instruction and assessment.  Intro Courses:  LING 210 & TESOL 240

TESOL Education Major    

The TESOL Education program offered is designed to prepare a classroom oriented knowledge and pedagogical base in Education. Field experiences are attached to most academic professional classes in the School of Education, with the capstone experience being student teaching for students working to teach grades Kindergarten through 12th grade in domestic or internatioal public or private schools.Intro Courses:  EDU 212, EDU 200

  Theatre Minor   Introduces the art and craft of theatrical production and application. Increases competency in theatrical understanding and performance. Prepares students with skills to perform, produce, and understand theatrical performances. Intro Courses: THEA 115 or THEA 123
  Visual Arts Minor   The Visual Arts minor provides an opportunity for students to have a blended art experience based in critical thinking, theory, and practice. Course requirements have been designed to allow students with varying needs to explore the visual arts for a wide range purposes. Intro Course: ART 112