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Hawaiian Studies (AA-HWST)

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Program Description

A two-year Baccalaureate direct transfer Associate in Arts degree consisting of 62 semester credits at the 100 and 200 levels. The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies is designed for students who are preparing to transfer to a four‑year college or university and who have an interest in achieving a qualification that would be beneficial in the workforce or other areas of study where a foundational knowledge of the Native Hawaiian host culture can complement their worldview.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies Degree from HawCC, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. Credits Required: A total of 62 credits earned at or transferred to HawCC in 100-200 level courses
2. A minimum of 12 HawCC credits must be completed
3. Minimum GPA Required: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation
4. CR/NC option may be used to satisfy area and general elective requirements (Policy Haw 5.503)

General Information
Students interested in transferring or enrolling in the AAHWST program are encouraged to meet with a Counselor:

Native Hawaiian Program Counselor
Melanie Marciel (808) 934-2607

Hālaulani Transfer and Career Guidance Counselor
Kanoe Lambert (808) 934-2613
Warren Walker (808) 934-2612
Counseling Office (808) 934-2720

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Describe aboriginal Hawaiian linguistic, cultural, historical, and political concepts.
  • Apply aboriginal Hawaiian concepts, knowledge, and methods to the areas of science, humanities, arts, and social sciences, in academics and in other professional endeavors.
  • Engage, articulate, and analyze topics relevant to the aboriginal Hawaiian community using college-level research and writing methods.