Liberal Arts Academic Subject Certificates

Asian Studies

Program Description

Honolulu Community College offers students the opportunity to study the languages and cultures of Asia in an interdisciplinary program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly or indirectly to Asia.

To receive this credential, the student must complete two years of an Asian language and 24 credits of related academic coursework. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all courses required in the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of the Academic Subject Certificate in Asian Studies, students will be able to:

  • Understand his/her own culture in a comparative context relative to Asia - that is, recognize that his/her culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based in cultural differences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Asian issues, processes, trends, and systems (i.e., economic and political interdependency among nations, environmental cultural interaction, transnational governance bodies, and nongovernmental organizations).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Asian cultures (beliefs, values, perspectives, practices, and products).
  • Use knowledge, Asian cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.
  • Communicate and connect with people in Asian language communities in a range of settings for a variety of purposes, developing skills in each of the four modalities: speaking (productive), listening (receptive), reading (receptive), and writing (productive).
  • Use Asian language skills and/or knowledge of Asian cultures to extend his/her access to information, experiences, and understanding.
  • Use writing to discover and articulate ideas about Asia.
  • Apply numeric, graphic, or other forms of symbolic reasoning accurately and appropriately.
  • Appreciate the language, art, religion, philosophy, and material way of life of Asian cultures.
  • Recognize cultural differences and tolerate cultural ambiguity.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing interest in seeking out international or intercultural opportunities.

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Communication

Program Description

Honolulu Community College offers its students the opportunity to study Communication in a program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Communication. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly or indirectly to Communication.

To receive this credential, the student must complete courses in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations and Speech. A grade of "B" or higher must be earned in COM 201, and a grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all other courses required in the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of the Academic Subject Certificate in Communication, students will be able to:

  • Describe the human communication process, its purposes, functions and modes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of verbal and nonverbal codes.
  • Explain the role and dynamics of communication in relationships, groups, and organizations.
  • Analyze the processes and identify the pitfalls of interethnic and intercultural communication, including interactions in Hawai‘i, Oceania and Asia
  • Describe the role of mass and public communication systems in modern societies.
  • Identify and explain the functions and methods of telecommunication in a global society.
  • Express clearly in writing ideas and opinions about communication theories, based on critical analyses of readings and other sources of data.
  • Demonstrate some familiarity with lesser known media in Hawai‘i such as Hawai‘i Public Radio, Hawai‘i Public TV, and Olelo, as well as Web news and journals.
  • Describe the major communication processes and the developments that changed the way in which information is exchanged.
  • Explain how changes in the way people communicate have affected the ways in which societies/communities organize and define themselves.
  • Define and explain the importance of agenda setting, gatekeeping, value transmission, news hole, news criteria in mass media.
  • Identify the major factors involved in the development of the print, radio/music, television and film industries, including technological development, landmark government legislation and court decisions, key personalities.
  • Explain the impact each of the major media industries has made on American society.
  • Identify the main models of ownership and control of communications media.
  • Identify some of the largest media companies and their owners, as well as legal and/or ethical issues arising from this ownership structure.
  • Identify visual and other techniques used to persuade or sell in TV news, films, videos and magazines.
  • Describe the ways the advertising industry uses technology and research to target audiences for consumer goods and political candidates
  • Explain how public relations operates and its role in our society today.
  • Explain how the American legal system attempts to balance First Amendment rights with the rights of the private individual in the areas of libel, privacy, fair trial and copyright.
  • Describe the ethical codes, laws, and regulations that govern the major media industries and identify the government agencies that oversee the media.
  • Apply the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics to the handling of news on campus and in the community.
  • Describe some of the cultural and social changes occurring globally because of international distribution of newspapers, satellite broadcasts and the web.
  • Describe media convergence in the 21st century and its impact on society.

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Psychology

Program Description

Honolulu Community College offers its students the opportunity to study Psychology in a program leading to an Academic Subject Certificate in Psychology. This academic credential is included on student transcripts and can be the first step toward employment in a variety of professional and academic fields related directly or indirectly to Psychology. To receive this credential, students must complete Survey of Psychology, Survey of Research Methods, Statistical Techniques, and one course each from three of four areas: Experimental, Psychobiology, Developmental, and Social or Personality.

In addition, students must complete one elective course in Psychology. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all courses required in the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of the Academic Subject Certificate in Psychology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the major methods, theories, and research findings in psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review material related to psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the theories and research findings of psychology to contemporary social problems.

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View Psychology in the College Catalog [PDF]