Liberal Arts Programs

Liberal Arts

Program Description

Kapi‘olani Community College Liberal Arts students can graduate with an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, complete subject certificates, transfer into a college or university, and best of all continue to be lifelong learners. Liberal Arts students transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students taking courses for the A.A. degree meet the general education requirements at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Hilo.  The A.A. degree may also meet the general education requirements at colleges and universities outside the UH system as well. Former Liberal Arts students have transferred locally into the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, West O‘ahu, and Hilo. Others have transferred into Hawai‘i Pacific University and Chaminade University. Liberal Arts students are also enrolling in universities outside the state of Hawai‘i such as Lewis and Clark in Oregon, the University of California Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles in California, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to name a few.

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts (60 credits)
    This program is designed to provide students with an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year college or university. Please see an academic advisor for information on current baccalaureate degree requirements at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art provides students with a strong studio art experience and art history curriculum that integrates conceptual and technical artistic skills with personal and creative exploration. Upon completion of this 60-credit program, that satisfies all the requirements for the AA degree in Liberal Arts, students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to further their study (BA/BFA) in the various areas of studio art, including ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture or continue on their journey of becoming a professional artist. The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Art requires 21 total credits of which 9 credits are required courses. In addition, a total of 12 credits are required from a list of studio art electives.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Administration (60 credits)
    This concentration within the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Shidler College of Business. This AA concentration fulfills the current Kapi‘olani Community College AA Liberal Arts requirements while paying particular attention to the admission requirements to UHM’s baccalaureate program.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Deaf Studies & Deaf Education (60 credits)
    The AA degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This 60-credit program satisfies all of the requirements for the AA degree in Liberal Arts and also provides students with strong intermediate skills in American Sign Language and an understanding of the diversity of the Deaf Experience in Hawai‘i and the Pacific and the U.S. mainland. It also introduces students to the issues and challenges in Deaf Education and provides a pathway for those students interested in pursuing deaf-related professional careers. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence enable students to successfully transfer to baccalaureate institutions on the U.S. mainland that have deaf-related majors, such as Lamar University in Texas.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Education (60 credits)
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Secondary Education (60 credits)
    The AA degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Secondary Education prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This 60-credit program satisfies all of the requirements for the AA degree in Liberal Arts and also provides students with solid knowledge and skills to be successful in entering a university teacher education program in Secondary Education and Special Education. It provides students with an understanding of the school system and its diverse student population in Hawai‘i, the process in becoming a certified teacher in Hawai‘i, the special education system and its governing laws, classroom management and instruction, innovative ways to use technology to enhance students’ learning, and best practices and methods in teaching. It also affords students numerous opportunities to research and debate current issues and challenges in Education, advocate for students and their families, and engage in numerous field experiences with working with middle and high school students in classroom settings. It further creates a pathway for those students interested in pursuing other education-related careers. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence enable students to successfully transfer to baccalaureate institutions in Hawai`i that have education-related majors, such as the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, College of Education.
  • Academic Subject Certificate - Asian Studies (40-41 credits)
    Kapi‘olani Community College offers its students a unique opportunity to study the languages and cultures of Asia in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and may pave the way for an exciting future in a variety of professional and academic fields. Students must complete two years of an Asian language and 24 credits of related academic coursework. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned for all courses required in the certificate.
  • Academic Subject Certificate - International Studies (38-41 credits)
    Kapi‘olani Community College offers its students a unique opportunity to study the languages and cultures of the world in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in International Studies. An Academic Subject Certificate in International Studies is a credential awarded to students who successfully complete a short-term structured series of courses in an interdisciplinary program. Students who earn a grade of “C” or higher in the required two years of coursework in a European language, and who earn a grade of “C” or higher in each course in 18 credits of related academic coursework, will be eligible for this certificate.

Contact Information

Counselors/Advisors

  • Maida Kamber Center
  • 808.734.9500
  • ‘Ilima 104; Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (unless otherwise specified due to professional development meetings)

Toolbox

Download forms & documents at the Liberal Arts Program Toolbox.

Henry Huang
Henry Huang Former KCC student - Currently a Pre-Pharmacy student at UH Mānoa
As a graduate student of Liberal Art, I think the degree helped me establish a basic foundation to achieve my goals. It also helped me with my bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa as well as pharmacy school.