A-Section Course Descriptions

AMST 150A America and the World (FGB, 3 credits)

Examines America’s role in world history and the influence of world affairs on U.S. culture and society. Focuses on U.S. interdependence with African, European, Native American, Asian, and Polynesian civilizations, from 1492 to present. 

AMST 220A Introduction to Indigenous Studies (DH, 3 credits)

Interdisciplinary survey that examines the histories, politics, popular representations, self-representations, and contemporary issues of the indigenous peoples of the U.S. and its territories, including Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Kanaka Maoli, Chamorro, and Samoans.

ANTH 151A Emerging Humanity (FGA, 3 credits)

Introduction to human biological evolution and the archaeology of culture in the world prior to AD 1500. Restricted to students in the Honors Program. 

ANTH 152A Culture and Humanity (FGB, 3 credits)

Introduction to cultural anthropology. How humans create, understand, order and modify their natural, social, supernatural and physical environments, and make meaning and order. Restricted to students in the Honors Program.

ART 101A Introduction to Visual Arts (Not for art majors or minors, DA, 3 credits)

Nature of the world’s visual arts and their influences on quality of life. Lectures, demonstrations.

BOT 105A Ethnobotany (2 Lec, 1 Demonstration, FGC, 3 credits)

Plants and their influence on culture and history including: plant domestication and agriculture; plant biogeography and human migration; plant use in religious, medical, and shamanic traditions; and cultural aspects of plant conservation. 

COMG 151A Personal and Public Speech (1 Lec, 2 1-hr Lab, DA, 3 credits)

Develops communication skills necessary to function effectively in today’s society. Students will enhance their communication skills in one-on-one situations, public speaking, and small group situations. Ideal for new majors and non-majors.

COMG 251A Principles of Effective Public Speaking (DA, 3 credits)

Combined lecture/laboratory providing extensive practice in preparing and presenting effective public speeches with special emphasis on organization, outlining, audience analysis, analytical reasoning, and delivery skills.

ECON 130A Principles of Microeconomics (DS, 3 credits)

Examination of the decision-making process of both households and firms. Analysis of the functioning of a competitive market system, using supply and demand models and the role of government in cases where the market system fails. Additional topics include the effects of international rate on the welfare of a nation and the effects of different competitive market structures on society. 

ECON 131A Principles of Macroeconomics (DS, 3 credits)

An introduction to macroeconomics–the study of the overall economy. Topics include the determination of national income, causes and effects of inflation, unemployment, and income inequality; causes and consequences of international differences in economic growth; sources of business cycle expansions and contractions; role of government policy in stabilizing the economy and promoting long-term growth; financial markets and monetary policy; taxes, spending, consequences of budget deficits, determination of trade imbalances, exchange rate fluctuations, and balance of payment crises. 

ENG 100A Composition I (FW, 3 credits)

Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Pre: placement. Freshmen only.

HWST 107A Hawai’i: Center of the Pacific (DH, 3 credits)

An introduction to the unique aspects of the native point of view in Hawai’i and in the larger Pacific with regards to origins, language, religion, land, art, history, and modern issues. (C) Introduction to Hawaiian Art, Artist’s Relationship to Place. A-F only for (C). Pre: consent for (C). 

HIST 161A World Cultures in Perspective (FGA, 3 credits)

Development of civilizations from prehistoric origins to 1500. Offered as discussion and/or problems course. Alternative for 151 and 152; students in Honors program only.

HIST 162A World Cultures in Perspective (FGB, 3 credits)

Continuation of 161A. Development of civilization from 1500 to the present. Offered as discussion and/or problems course. Alternative for 151 and 152; students in Honors program only.

MATH 251A Accelerated Calculus I (FS, 4 credits)

Basic concepts; differentiation with applications; integration. Compared to 241, topics are discussed in greater depth. Pre: assessment and consent, or a grade of A in 140 and consent.

MATH 252A Accelerated Calculus II (4 credits)

Integration techniques and applications, series and approximations, differential equations, introduction to vectors. Pre: 251A, or a grade of B or better in 241 and consent.

MATH 253A Accelerated Calculus III (4 credits)

Vector calculus; maxima and minima in several variables; multiple integrals; line integrals, surface integrals and their applications. Pre: 252A.

PHYS 170A Honors General Physics I (DP, 4 credits)

Special format for topics: mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, wave motion, thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Pre: MATH 242 (or concurrent) or MATH 252A (or concurrent). MATH 216 may be substituted with consent. Co-requisite: 170L.

PHYS 272A Honors General Physics II (DP, NI, 3 credits)

Special format for topics: electricity and magnetism and geometric optics. A-F only. Pre: 151 or 170 and MATH 242 or MATH 252A, MATH 216 may be substituted with consent. Co-requisite: 272L.

POLS 110A Introduction to Political Science (DS, 3 credits)

Discussion of politics as an activity and of political problems, systems, ideologies, processes. 

SOC 100A Introduction to Sociology (DS, 3 credits)

Basic social relationships, social structures, and processes.