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General Education

University of Hawai?i at Mānoa

General Education at UH Mānoa

UH Mānoa provides an environment where both faculty and students can discover, examine, preserve, and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will enrich present and future generations. Alongside the major, UH Mānoa’s General Education (GenEd) program facilitates student achievement of Institutional Learning Objectives to Know (breadth and depth of knowledge), Do (intellectual and practical skills), and Value (personal and social responsibility).

General Education at UH Mānoa involves a flexible and diverse multi-disciplinary curriculum. Through GenEd coursework, students are exposed to different domains of knowledge and modes of scholarly inquiry. Students develop skills in written and oral communication, ethical and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and information literacy that are transferable across the curriculum. GenEd coursework also fosters a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, Hawaiian culture and history.

General Education

gives students a diverse foundation for success

General Education

enhances teaching for faculty

Why General Education

The General Education Core and Special Graduation requirements develop a deeper appreciation of the complexities and potentialities of the human experience from the perspectives of the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences while encouraging an understanding of imagination and creativity through the application of abstract and intuitive thinking.

What are the requirements?

There are two components to the General Education requirements: Core requirements and Graduation requirements.

How are objectives met?

  • GenEd requirements are embedded in our ILOs and WASC core competencies
  • Our proposal process ensures hallmarks and learning objectives are met by faculty and departments
  • Student achievement of GenEd learning objectives is supported with teaching and learning resources (coming soon)
  • Periodic assessment ensures learning objectives are being met by students

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