Associate in Arts Degree
University of Hawaii at Manoa
At Leeward Community College, students have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts Degree. This degree requires completion of 60 credits. A maximum of 48 transfer credits earned at other colleges may be applied towards the degree. A cumulative grade point average: 2.0 or higher for all courses numbered 100 or above completed at Leeward CC.
The program is broken up into 3 sections: general education (31 credits), electives (26 credits), and Leeward graduation requirements (2 writing intensive courses in any discipline, 1 Hawaiian, Asian, or Pacific focus course and 3 credits oral communication). This degree is very broad, but also extremely customizable. Some of the more basic courses students must take are courses such as Mathematics, Philosophy, Writing, and Communication. Students wanting to take courses outside the AA degree curriculum may consult with the appropriate Division Chair and Dean to be granted approval.
This is an ideal degree for any student interested pursuing an entry-level position at a variety of businesses. It is also a good step for those students who may be unsure about their future career path. The curriculum aims to expose students to a wide range of topics and help students become versatile candidates in the work force.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: Hybrid
Accreditation & Licensing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility.
More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.
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