Liberal Arts Programs

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 Mānoa 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 Economics (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Economics prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This 60-credit program satisfies all of the requirements for the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts. Additionally, the program imparts students with solid knowledge and skills toward a Bachelor degree in Economics. After successful completion of the program, students will have a strong understanding of the field of Economics, and good foundational knowledge of the research methods and statistics used by economists, as well as a clear sense of the major perspectives, which define the field of Economics. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence will enable students to successfully transfer to baccalaureate institutions in Hawai‘i that have Economics majors, such as the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i West Oahu, the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, or to any other four year university.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in English (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in English provides students with a strong foundation in English and fulfills the Introductory Literature Program course requirement for English majors at UH Mānoa. 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 major in English.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Family Resources (60 credits)
    The AA degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Family Resources 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 Family Resources program. This concentration will provide students with the foundation understanding of ecological systems-based study of lifespan development and family resource management to prepare them for curriculum that further emphasizes the study of child, adolescent, adult development; family development (such as marriage and parenting); family resource management (such as consumer and family economics and family management); community needs; and leadership in human services occupations.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in History (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in History provides students with a strong History foundation. 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 the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to major in History.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Pacific Island Studies (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Pacific Islands Studies provides students with a strong foundation in the interdisciplinary approaches in Pacific Islands Studies. Upon completion of this 60-credit program that satisfies all the requirements for the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts, students will be prepared to transfer to UH Mānoa to major in Pacific Islands Studies.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This 60-credit program satisfies all of the requirements for the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts. Additionally, the program imparts students with solid knowledge and skills toward a Bachelor degree in Psychology. After successful completion of the program, students will have a strong understanding of the field of Psychology, and good foundational knowledge of the research methods and statistics used by psychologists, as well as a clear sense of the major perspectives, which define the field of Psychology. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence enable students to successfully transfer to baccalaureate institutions in Hawai‘i that have Psychology-related majors, such as the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
  • Associate in Arts – Liberal Arts with a concentration in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (60 credits)
    The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education has been Stopped Out and is no longer accepting new majors.
  • Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education (60 credits)
    The AA degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education provides students with a 60-credit program that satisfies all of the requirements for the AA degree in Liberal Arts, and prepares them with the necessary competencies to be successful working as an educational paraprofessional in elementary school settings, and/or entering a teacher licensure-track program at baccalaureate institutions. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence also enable students to successfully transfer to university teacher education programs in Hawai‘i that have education-related majors, such as the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, College of Education. Furthermore, this degree creates a pathway for students interested in pursuing other education-related careers.
  • 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 provides students with a 60-credit program that satisfies all of the requirements for the AA degree in Liberal Arts, and prepares them with the necessary competencies to be successful in applying to a teacher licensure-track program at baccalaureate institutions, and/or working as an educational paraprofessional in middle school and high school settings. Targeted advising and a carefully planned course sequence also enable students to successfully transfer to university teacher education programs in Hawai‘i that have education-related majors, such as the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, College of Education and the University of Hawai‘i at West Oahu. Furthermore, this degree creates a pathway for students interested in pursuing other education-related careers.
  • 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.
  • Academic Subject Certificate - Marine Option Program (12 credits)
    The Marine Option Program (MOP) is a unique University of Hawai‘i (UH) system-wide program available to students at all UH campuses. Through MOP, students from any field of study can obtain a marine-related focus within their own degree while earning an Academic Subject Certificate. MOP emphasizes experiential-based, cross-disciplinary education and provides opportunities to apply traditional coursework to practical hands-on skills through a marine-related internship or research project. This certificate includes four credits of required coursework, six credits of marine-related electives, and two credits of independent study/research to facilitate a unique MOP skill project where students (with faculty guidance) design and conduct a personal marine or aquatic project related to their educational goals. Completion of the MOP certificate will enhance student success in obtaining employment in any occupation where enhanced ocean awareness is applicable, or for further study at a 4-year institution.
  • Academic Subject Certificate - Sustainability (14 credits)
    The Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability is designed to provide an
    interdisciplinary lens on local and global issues of sustainability, and connect students with an interest in sustainability to appropriate courses and majors. The Sustainability Option (Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability) also includes a service-learning or independent study option to engage students with real-world solutions in an island context.

Contact Information

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

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.

Henry Huang

Former KCC student, Pre-Pharmacy student at UH Mānoa

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