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AMST 150A America and the World (3)

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 202A American Experience: Culture and the Arts (3)

Literature and modern media; visual and performing arts; material culture and architecture; foodways and ritual as meaning-making processes that have shaped the diverse identities, spaces, and communities of the Americas. Writing emphasis, interdisciplinary perspectives.

AMST 220A Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)

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 (3)

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 (3)

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 the Visual Arts (3)

Nature of the world’s visual arts and their influences on personal expression. Lectures, demonstrations, and studio practice. (Not for art majors or minors)

ART 175A Survey of Global Art I (3)

Art produced in Asia, Africa, Native America, Europe, and the Pacific Islands, from prehistory to the 15th century. Religious and philosophical ideas expressed in architecture, painting, prints, sculpture, applied art, body art, and textiles. (Fall only)

ART 176A Survey of Global Art II (3)

Art produced in Asia, Africa, Native America, Europe, and the Pacific Islands, from the 15th century to the present. Religious and philosophical ideas expressed in architecture, painting, prints, sculpture, applied art, body art, and textiles. (Spring only)

ASTR 110A Survey of Astronomy (3)

Introduction to the astronomical universe: sky and celestial objects, planetary motion, planets and the Solar System, Sun and stars, the Milky Way and galaxies, cosmology and the universe.

BOT 101A General Botany (3)

Growth, functions, and evolution of plants; their relations to the environment and particularly to humans and human activities.

CHEM 181A Honors General Chemistry (4)

Rigorous, in-depth introduction to chemical principles with emphasis on experimental and applied aspects of modern chemistry. Students who successfully completed 161 or 171 with a grade of C or better will not be allowed to enroll in 181A without instructor override. Students who successfully complete 181A with a grade of C or better will not be allowed to enroll in 161 or 171 without instructor override. Pre: satisfactory placement exam score and MATH 215 (or concurrent) or MATH 241 (or concurrent) or MATH 251A (or concurrent) with a minimum grade of C. (Fall only)

CHN 101A Elementary Mandarin (4)

Listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar. Meets one hour, four times a week. Pre: placement test.

CHN 102A Elementary Mandarin (4)

Continuation of 101. Pre: 101 or consent.

CHN 201A Intermediate Mandarin (4)

Continuation of 101 and 102. Meets one hour a day, four times a week. Pre: 102 or 103 or 105; or consent.

COMG 151A Personal and Public Speech (3)

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 (3)

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.

DATA 484 Data Visualization (3)

Introduction to data visualization through practical techniques for turning data into images to produce insight. Topics include: information visualization, geospatial visualization, scientific visualization, social network visualization, and medical visualization. Junior standing or higher. Pre: CINE/ACM 215 or ICS 110(Alpha) or ICS 111. (Cross-listed as CINE/ACM 484 and ICS 484)

ECON 130A Principles of Microeconomics (3)

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 (3)

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.

ECON 300A Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)

Develops basic techniques and fundamental concepts used to study the overall macroeconomy and policies that affect it. Study the determinants of national income and long-run growth; causes and consequences of unemployment, inflation, and business cycle fluctuations; determination of foreign exchange rates and current account imbalances, and the role of government policy in various settings. Pre: 131 or consent.

ECON 301A Intermediate Microeconomics (3)

Develops basic techniques and fundamental concepts of microeconomic theory. Learn to use economic reasoning to understand the social consequences of decisions made by individual consumers, producers, and governments. Analyze the nature of market outcomes under alternative market structures, and further discuss possible welfare-improving government policies when markets fail to be efficient. Special attention is paid to the analysis of strategic behavior and markets with public goods and externalities. Pre: 130 or consent.

ECON 317A The Japanese Economy (3)

Analysis of Japan’s growth past and present. Does Japan’s economy look different in terms of its international trade structure, industrial structure, labor market, savings patterns, government policies, etc.? Does it matter? Pre: 120 or 130, or consent.

ECON 362A Trade Policy and Globalization (3)

Political economy of the world trading system. Case studies of trade cooperation and conflict under the World Trade Organization and other institutions. Future challenges, including investment policies, environmental and labor standards. Pre: 120, 130 or 131; or consent.

EDEF 352A The History of Education in Hawai‘i From Pre-contact to Statehood (3)

History of educational though and practices from pre-contact Hawaii through statehood. Social, intellectual, political, and cultural influences on indigenous, territorial, and state educational institutions; emphasis on white-settler colonialism, multiculturalism, assimilation, resistance, indigenous, and immigrant experiences. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Spring only

ENG 100A Composition I (3)

Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Students may not earn credit for both ENG 100 and 190. Pre: placement. Freshmen only.

ERTH 101A Dynamic Earth (3)

The natural physical environment; the landscape; rocks and minerals, rivers and oceans; volcanism, earthquakes, and other processes inside the Earth; effects of human use of the Earth and its resources. Field trip.

ES 101A Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)

Concepts and theories analyzing ethnic group experiences in relation to colonization, immigration, racism, and social class. Emphasis on cultural perspectives and values
rooted in the experiences of peoples indigenous to Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Asia.

HIST 161A World Cultures in Perspective (3)

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 (3)

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.

HWST 107A Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific (3)

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.

ICS 101A Digital Tools for the Information World (4)

Fundamental information technology concepts and computing terminology, productivity software for problem solving, computer technology trends and impact on individuals and society. Emphasizes the utilization of operating systems and the production of professional documents, spreadsheets, etc.

ICS 111A Introduction to Computer Science I (4)

Overview of the fundamentals of computer science emphasizing problem solving, algorithm development, implementation, and debugging/testing using an object-oriented programming language. Pre: Recommended: computer experience.

ICS 211A Introduction to Computer Science II (4)

(3 Lec, 1 3-hr. Lab) Reinforce and strengthen problem-solving skills using abstract data types and introduce software development practices. Emphasize the use of searching and sorting algorithms and their complexity, recursion, object-oriented programming, and data structures. Pre: grade of “B” or higher in 111 or consent.

IS 330 Information Technology and Culture (3)

Investigation of the impact of information technologies on contemporary culture from a variety of perspectives. A-F only. Pre: upper division or consent.

IS 611 Integrative Seminar in Gerontology (V)

Integrative seminar. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

MATH 251A Accelerated Calculus I (4)

Basic concepts; differentiation with applications; integration. Compared to 241, topics are discussed in greater depth. Credit allowed for at most one of 203, 215, 241, 251A. Pre: assessment and consent, or a grade of A in 140 and consent.

MATH 252A Accelerated Calculus II (4)

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

MATH 253A Accelerated Calculus III (4)

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

MICR 140A Microbiology Laboratory (2)

(2 2-hr Lab) Primarily for students in nursing and dental hygiene. Pre: 130 (or concurrent).

MUS 107A Music in World Cultures (3)

Folk, popular, and art music from major regions of the world, with emphasis upon Asia and the Pacific; representative styles and regional characteristics.

PHIL 100A Introduction to Philosophy: Survey of Problems (3)

Introduction to the kinds of problems that concern philosophers and to some of the solutions that have been attempted.

PHYS 170A Honors General Physics I (4)

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 (3)

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 (3)

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

POLS 335A History of Political Thought (3)

Theories, approaches, concepts, and issues developed or raised in history of political philosophy and thought. Pre: any 100- or 200-level POLS course, or consent.

PSY 100A Survey of Psychology (3)

An overview of the field: psychophysiology, perception, learning, cognition, stress, personality, social psychology.

PSY 371A Abnormal Psychology (3)

Nature and causes of psychoses; abnormalities of intelligence; psychotherapy. Pre: 100. Recommended: 270.

REL 151A Religion and the Meaning of Existence (3)

Basic ideas and issues in contemporary religious thought about the meaning of existence.

SOC 100A Introduction to Sociology (3)

Basic social relationships, social structures, and processes.

SOC 300A Principles of Sociological Inquiry (4)

(3 Lec, 2 50-min Lab) Basic methods of sociology for production and analysis of data. Foundations for understanding research and for advanced courses in methods and statistics. Restricted to students in the honors program and required for students taking the honors track in sociology. A-F only.

SOCS 150A Street Science: Evaluating and Applying Evidence in Daily Life (3)

Develops necessary tools for effective reasoning and problem-solving through use and application of analytic techniques, including question formation, understanding/interpreting data presented in the public sphere, and evaluating the validity of sources. A-F only.

TIM 102A Food and World Cultures (3)

An integrated cross-cultural approach to the study of foods and cultures. Examine history, concepts, principles of cultures and cuisines, the background of food tradition including habitat, social status, religious beliefs, gender, and other environmental considerations. A-F only.

UNIV 102 Using Data to Guide the Career Search (3)

Introduction to probability and statistics; including standard deviation, calculations, and inferences about means, normal distributions, and linear correlation. Integrates occupational outlook data from O*NET to understand how to link majors with careers.

UNIV 110 University Experience (1)

An introduction to the university community; topics include critical thinking, the value of higher education, cultural and transition issues. A-F only.

UNIV 131 Academic and Personal Exploration (1)

Seminar introduces students to goal setting, time management, major exploration, academic planning, service-learning opportunities, student/faculty meetings, financial literacy, and encourages frequent self-reflection. Instructor approval required. A-F only.

UNIV 132 Academic and Career Exploration (1)

Seminar introduces exploratory students to major and career exploration resources, guides students in developing personal, academic, and career goals and plans, and encourages frequent self-reflection. Develops written communication skills. A-F only.

UNIV 140 Introduction to Majors and UH Mānoa (1)

Major exploration providing incoming students with an understanding of the tools to navigate UH Mānoa and explore the programs of study available. Introduction to career development, goal setting, and action planning. Freshmen only. Exploratory majors only. A-F only.

UNIV 199 Topics in Learning Techniques & Technologies (V)

Student-centered topics on techniques and technologies used for successful learning. Emphasizes the cultivation of learning dispositions and strategies for achievement in higher education and beyond. Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only.

UNIV 240 Your Academic Journey (1)

Provides exploratory students with the knowledge/skills to thrive in college and beyond. Utilizes writing as a tool for research, analysis, exploration, and reflection. Topics include major and career exploration, personal interests, and goal-setting. May not be taken concurrently or after UNIV 340. Freshmen and sophomores only. Exploratory designations only. A-F only.

UNIV 301 ACE Mentoring: Facilitating Student Development (4)

Theoretical foundations in student learning and holistic development. Practical leadership skills acquisition and application through the facilitation of a seminar for new freshmen. Emphasis on developing proficiency in writing and public speech. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: consent. (Fall only)

UNIV 327 Metacognitive Strategies for College Success (3)

Theories of the memory processes and the application of the Information Processing Systems in developing metacognitive strategies for college classroom success. Sophomore standing or higher. A-F only.

UNIV 340 Academic Exploration Through Advising (3)

Major exploration designed to assist exploratory students in the process of researching personal, career, and educational goals through writing and the impact of these goals on the decision-making process. Emphasis on written self-reflection and identity. Sophomore standing. A-F only.

UNIV 350 Mānoa Peer Advisor Training Course (6)

Intensive course designed for peer advisor trainees to learn General Education requirements, university policies and procedures, and campus resources. Trainees also develop skills and strategies necessary to provide quality advising to their fellow students. A-F only (Summer only)

UNIV 387 Collaborative Learning: Foundations of Tutoring (3)

Theory and practice of collaborative learning in academic contexts. Sophomore standing or higher. Pre: consent.

UNIV 421 Passages (3)

Interactive course develops mentoring skills and relationships with peers, mentors, and “elders.” Sophomore standing or higher. A-F only. (Summer only)

UNIV 440 Topics in Major and Career Exploration (3)

Major and career development for Exploratory students, using written and oral communication to facilitate learning across varied topics. Junior standing or higher. Exploratory students only. A-F only. Pre: 340 or consent.

UNIV 450 Mānoa Peer Advisor Leader Training and Leadership Practicum (6)

A reflective apprenticeship in which Peer Advisor Leaders solidify their understanding of advising and learn more about leadership and deepen their facilitation, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills by mentoring a cohort of peer advisor trainees. Repeatable two times. A-F only. Pre: 350 (or equivalent course) (with a minimum grade of B). (Summer only

UROP 399 Faculty Mentored Research and Creative Work Project (V)

Directed research for undergraduate students conducting faculty-mentored research or creative work projects. Repeatable three times, up to ten credits. CR/NC only. Pre: consent of UROP director and student faculty mentor. (Summer only)

WGSS 151A Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)

Introduction to feminist interdisciplinary analysis from global and critical perspectives; relationships between women and men from Asia-Pacific, Hawaiian, and other cultures. Focus on gender, race, class, sexual dynamics, and women’s negotiations with institutional dynamics. Honors students only. A-F only. Pre: departmental approval.