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
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.