Associate in Arts Degree

HTIC offers an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program with a major in Liberal Arts. The Liberal Arts Program introduces students to various fields of knowledge, including the arts and humanities, languages, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, and places a strong emphasis on learning and communication skills.

The intent of the Liberal Arts Program (LA), which places a strong emphasis on the development of learning, critical thinking, and communication skills, is to foster in students a broad intellectual understanding of the individual and society, the natural environment, issues in the arts and humanities, and self-awareness. The program’s Mission is identical to the Mission of Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC), which is to be an international gateway for students interested in education bridging diverse international perspectives, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. HTIC graduates emerge as lifelong learners who contribute positively to the world.

LA has adopted the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) as its Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1. Effective Communication Skills
Students read analytically, listen discerningly, and communicate clearly, effectively, and creatively in both written and oral forms in a manner appropriate to the audience, situation, and context.

2. Global Citizenship
Students demonstrate a sense of awareness beyond the self that includes an appreciation of diversity and multilingualism. Students also practice cooperation, ethical behavior, and other behaviors that contribute to global understanding and world peace.

3. Intellectual and Practical Skills
Students demonstrate intellectual and practical skills in different contexts and fields, interpreting and offering reasoned solutions to problems encountered both in the classroom and beyond. Students conduct quantitative and scientific analyses, and evaluate reasoning, claims, or information. Students also demonstrate creativity and an informed appreciation of the arts.

4. Effective Communication Skills
HTIC’s faculty determines the appropriateness of courses for inclusion in the College’s curricula based on each course’s stated learning outcomes. Comprehensive learning outcomes ensure that students achieve an understanding of Core Body of Knowledge (i.e., the basic content and methodology) of the major areas of knowledge, including Language Arts and Literature, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Those who have been accepted to the Liberal Arts Program are Classified Liberal Arts students.
HTIC provides a general liberal arts education without major fields of emphasis for the A.A. degree, but students may select from three degree requirement options based upon their goals: The American University Plan, The Japanese University Plan, and The General Education Plan

1. The American University Plan:

This degree requirement plan is recommended for students who are interested in earning a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S. degree) from an American college or university after graduation from HTIC.
HTIC graduates have transferred to and completed their baccalaureate degrees from universities across the United States including: University of Hawaii, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of San Francisco, University of Wisconsin, California State University (Chico, Fullerton, Long Beach, and Sonoma campuses), and Central Michigan University. HTIC has articulation agreements with many U.S. colleges to allow for smooth transfer and the College provides guidance to students wishing to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree from virtually any university in the United States.

2. The Japanese University Plan:

This degree requirement plan is recommended for students who are interested in earning a baccalaureate degree from a Tokai University Educational System college or other Japanese college or university, but who wish to start their program of study at HTIC and transfer after graduation. This plan is open to all students with Japanese language fluency.

3. The General Education Plan:

This degree requirement plan is for students who are interested in the American Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as their final educational goal. These students are interested in pursuing technical studies or employment after graduation.

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