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GE Philosophy

General Education Philosophy:

For the learner, general education at Hawaiʻi Community College fosters self- awareness; broadens the understanding of an individual's roles within communities and environments; supports cultural understanding; emphasizes the breadth and interconnectedness of knowledge; and creates a foundation for continued personal, intellectual and professional development.

General Education Designation:

The Academic Senate initiated and oversees the General Education (GE) Committee, made up of discipline faculty and student support services representation, which considers for approval courses appropriate for GE designation for the AA and AS degrees.

The course designation process for AAS degrees involves agreements between the degree program and discipline faculty who approve courses as appropriate for meeting the program's Cultural, Natural, and Social Environments GE requirements.

General Education Learning Outcomes:

1. CommunicationSpeak and write to communicate information and ideas in professional, academic and personal settings.
2. Critical ReadingRead critically to synthesize information to gain understanding.
3. Critical ThinkingMake informed decisions through analyzing and evaluating information.
4. Information CompetencyRetrieve, evaluate, and utilize information.
5. Technological LiteracyEmploy computer technology to perform academic and professional tasks
6. Quantitative ReasoningApply mathematical concepts, methods, and problem-solving strategies to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate real-world problems in quantitative terms.
7. Areas of Knowledge:   Utilize methods, perspectives and content of selected disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
8. Self and CommunityEngage in activities demonstrating understanding of one's relationship with one's communities and environments.
9. Cultural DiversityArticulate and demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity.
10. EthicsArticulate and demonstrate knowledge of ethical behavior and the process of ethical decision-making.

 

Currently Designated GE Courses:

 

Alpha Course titleStatus/dateRequired Primary DesignationRequiredOPTIONALRequiredRequired
ECED (ED) 131Early Childhood Development: Theory to PracticeGEC approved/Senate approved, May 2012GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark d. Benchmark c.GELO 4 (Info. Competency), Benchmark e.
BOT 101General BotanyGEC approved/Senate approved, March 2013GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesBenchmark f. Benchmark a.GELO 7 (Areas of Knowledge/SSCI), Benchmark e.
MATH 115StatisticsGEC approved/Senate approved, March 2013GELO 6, Quantitative ReasoningBenchmark f. Benchmark e.GELO 5 (Tech. Literacy), Benchmark a
MATH 135Pre-Calculus: Elementary FunctionsGEC approved/Senate approved, March 2013GELO 6, Quantitative ReasoningBenchmark f. Benchmark c.GELO 5 (Tech. Literacy), Benchmark a.
ENG 100Composition IGEC approved/Senate approved, Jan. 2014GELO 1, Communication/WritingBenchmark a.   
ENG 102College Reading SkillsGEC approved/Senate approved, Jan. 2014GELO 2, Critical ReadingBenchmark f.   
PSY 100Survey of PsychologyGEC approved/Senate approved, Jan. 2014GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark g.   
PSY 275Psychology & the Expressive ArtsGEC approved/Senate approved, Jan. 2014GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark g.   
HSER 110Intro. to Human Svcs.GEC approved/Senate approved Feb. 2014GELO 8, Self & CommunityBenchmark g.   
SPCO 151Introduction to Speech & CommunicationGEC approved/Senate approved, April 2014GELO 1, Communication/SpeechBenchmark f.GELO 4 (Info. Competency), Benchmarks b., c. d.  
ANTH 200Cultural AnthropologyGEC approved/Senate approved, April 2014GELO 9, Cultural DiversityBenchmark g.GELO 7 (Areas of Knowledge/SSCI), Benchmark a.  
SOC 218Social Problems & IssuesGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmarks a. & f.GELO 9 (Cultural Diversity), Benchmark a.  
SSCI 111Humanity, Society & TechnologyGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark f.GELO 8 (Self & Community), Benchmark b.  
PHIL 120Science, Technology & ValuesGEC agenda, May 2GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmark a.GELO 10 (Ethics), Benchmark b.  
GEOG 102World Regional GeographyGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark g.GELO 9 (Cultural Diversity), Benchmark c.  
SOC 100Survey of General SociologyGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmark g.GELO 8 (Self & Community), Benchmark b.  
HUM 275Psychology & the Expressive ArtsGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmarks g. & h.   
ENG 102College Reading SkillsGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9 for Second PRIMARY DesignationGELO 4, Info. CompetencyBenchmark f.   
HIST 151World History to 1500GEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmark f.   
HIST 152World History Since 1500GEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmark f   
BIOL 101 (no lab)General BiologyGEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesBenchmark b.   
ASAN 120Japanese Culture IGEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmarks a. & g.GELO 9 (Cultural Diversity), Benchmarks b. & c.  
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and SocietyGEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 10, EthicsBenchmark g.GELO 9 (Cultural Diversity), Benchmark a.  
PHIL 102Introduction to Philosophy: Asian TraditionsGEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 9, Cultural DiversityBenchmark g.GELO 7 (Areas of Knowledge/Humanities), Benchmark b.  
PSY 170Psychology of AdjustmentGEC approved, May 5/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/SSCIBenchmarks a., f. & g.   
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and SocietyGEC approved, May 7 for Second PRIMARY Designation/ Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmark g.GELO 9 (Cultural Diversity), Benchmark a.  
PHIL 102Introduction to Philosophy: Asian TraditionsGEC approved, May 7 for Second PRIMARY Designation/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesBenchmark g.   
ENG 102College Reading SkillsGEC approved, April 2014/Senate agenda, May 9 for Second PRIMARY DesignationGELO 4, Info. CompetencyBenchmark f.   
BIOL 101 (no lab)General BiologyGEC approved, May 2/Senate agenda, May 9GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesBenchmark b.   
BOT 101 (no lab)General BotanyGEC approved/Senate approved, March 2013GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesBenchmark f. Benchmark a.GELO 7 (Areas of Knowledge/SSCI), Benchmark e

 

Alpha Course titleStatus/dateRequired Primary DesignationRequired Second Designation OPTIONAL Second
ART 101Introduction to the Visual ArtsAcademic Senate approved Fall 2015 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
HWST 107Hawai'i: Center of the PacificAcademic Senate approved Fall 2015 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
MATH 100Survey of MathematicsAcademic Senate approved Fall 2015 semesterGELO 6, Quantitative ReasoningGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
WS 175History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality to 1500Academic Senate approved Fall 2015 semesterGELO 9, Cultural DiversityGELO 3 (Critical Thinking)GELO 2 (Critical Reading)
ART 114Introduction to ColorAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
BIOL 156Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands LabAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
CHEM 100Chemistry and SocietyAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
CHEM 100LChemistry and Society LabAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ENG 204Creative WritingAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ENG 255Short Story and NovelAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking)GELO 1 (Communication - Writing)
ENG 256Poetry and DramaAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking)GELO 1 (Communication - Writing)
HWST 100Piko Hawai'IAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
HWST 104Hawai'i Myth CultureAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
SCI 124Introduction to Environmental ScienceAcademic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
WS 176History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality since 1500Academic Senate approved Spring 2016 semesterGELO 9, Cultural DiversityGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
PHYS 105Energy Systems/SustainabilityAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
HIST 153Hawai'i and the World IAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
HIST 154Hawai'i and the World IIAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
HSER 110Introduction to Human ServicesAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Social SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking)GELO 8 (Self and Community)
BIOL 100Human BiologyAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
BIOL 100L:Human Biology LabAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
WS 151:Introduction to Women's StudiesAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Social SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking)GELO 8 (Self and Community)
BIOL 156L:Natural History of the Hawaiian IslandsAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
SCI 124L:Introduction to Environmental Science labAcademic Senate approved Dec. 09, 2016GELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ANTH 200Cultural AnthropologyJanuary 27, 2017 GEC recommended and Academic Senate approvedGELO 7 Areas of Knowledge/Social SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ASTR 110Survey of AstronomyJanuary 27, 2017 GEC recommended and Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ENG 257AThemes of Literature: Literature of HawaiiApril 28th, 2017 GEC recommended and Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
ENG 257EMulti-Cultural LiteratureApril 28th, 2017 GEC recommended and Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/HumanitiesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
BIOL 101LGeneral Biology LaboratoryFall 2017 Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
MICR 130General MicrobiologyFall 2017 Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 
MICR 130LGeneral Microbiology LaboratoryFall 2017 Academic Senate approvedGELO 7, Areas of Knowledge/Natural SciencesGELO 3 (Critical Thinking) 

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