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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


One area that received high praise was our ongoing efforts to make the General Education program a vibrant experience for students. Faculty and staff have worked together to create curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to explore HPU’s five over-arching themes and take part in HPU’s unique dialogue on what it means to be a global citizen.

If you’re a returning student, you will already have noticed the expanded choices for fulfilling General Education requirements. If this is your first year in college, you’re about to embark on the two tracks of an American university education. One track provides depth: colleges and universities all across the United States—including Hawai‘i Pacific—believe it’s crucial for students to study one discipline in detail, which is why HPU offers a rich selection of majors from which to choose. But it’s just as important for students to be introduced to a wide array of disciplines. This second track provides breadth. That’s the General Education program.

The faculty have organized the curriculum around five interconnected knowledge areas called the Five Themes—communication, global systems, world cultures, values and choices, research, and epistemology. Through courses in a variety of subjects, you’re encouraged to think about the cultures of the world and the different ways by which we communicate ideas; to examine the choices we make in life and how our values influence those choices; to recognize the large issues that shape our world, and even to consider different approaches to organizing knowledge itself.


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