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Mānoa Academy Course Offerings

The following is a sample list of courses available through Mānoa Academy. Courses and course descriptions are updated during the academic year. Information is subject to change without notice.

  • ANTH 151 Emerging Humanity (3) Introduction to human biological evolution and the archaeology of culture in the world prior to AD 1500. FGA
  • ANTH 152 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. FGB
  • BUS 200 Introduction to Business (3) Introduction to each of the functional areas of business, interrelationships of business functional areas and the role of business in society.
  • COM 201 Introduction to Communication (3) An overview of communication emphasizing intercultural, organizational and international communication and media arts with introduction to multimedia, ICTs, and public relations perspectives. DS
  • ECON 130 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. DS
  • ENG 100 English 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. FW
  • ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3) Basic concepts and theories for analyzing dynamics of ethnic group experiences, particularly those represented in Hawaiʻi, and their relation to colonization, immigration, problems of identity, racism, and social class. DS
  • ES 221 Hawaiians (3) The unique culture, religion, history, language, land system, and governance of Native Hawaiians. Transformation of the Hawaiian social system by the capitalist economy. Current issues and Native Hawaiian quest for sovereign governance. DS
  • GEOG 101 The Natural Environment (3) Introduction to physical geography including weather, climate, vegetation, soils, geology, and landforms. Environment issues and natural hazards. DP
  • GEOG 101L The Natural Environment Lab (1) A survey of field and laboratory methods commonly used by physical geographers. DY
  • GEOG 102 World Regional Geography (3) World’s major cultural regions; geographic aspects of contemporary economic, social, political conditions. FGB
  • GEOG 151 Geography and Contemporary Society (3) Elements of economic geography and resource management, population and urban geography; application to current problems of developed and underdeveloped worlds. FGC
  • HAW 100 Language in Hawaiʻi: A Microcosm of Global Language Issues (3) Survival kit for life in Hawaiʻi: Introduction to Hawaiian and language related issues enhancing communicative experience in Hawaiʻi. FGB
  • HWST 107 Hawaiʻi: Center of the Pacific (3) An introduction to the unique aspects of the native point of view in Hawaiʻi and in the larger Pacific with regards to origins, language, religion, land, art, history, and modern issues. DH, HAP
  • JOUR 150 The Media and Society (3) Communications media in theory and practice. Development, role, influence; rights, responsibilities, problems, issues, and trends. DS
  • POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science (3) Discussion of politics as an activity and of political problems, systems, ideologies, processes. DS
  • PSY 100 Survey of Psychology (3) An overview of the field: psychophysiology, perception, learning, cognition, stress, personality, social psychology. DS
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3) Basic social relationships, social structures, and processes. DS
  • SOC 231 Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency (3) Forms of juvenile deviance; conditions and processes that result in alienation and deviance of youth. Juvenile corrects as institutionalized societal responses. DS
  • SOC 251 Introduction to Sociology of the Family (3) Family patterns, mate selection, parent-child interaction, socialization of roles, legal sanctions, trends in organization, functions. DS
  • SPED 201 Disability and Diversity in the Media (3) Explores the changing disability experience as described in film, literature, advertising, news, sports and dialogue with persons with disabilities in the Pacific region and around the world. DS
  • WS 151 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 with a focus on gender, race, class, and sexual dynamics; exploration of women’s negotiations with institutional dynamics. DS

Key for General Education/Foundation Requirements

  • DS – Diversification – Social Sciences
  • DP – Diversification – Physical Sciences with a lab
  • FGB – Foundations – Global and multicultural perspectives (content primarily after 1500 CE)
  • FGC – Foundations – Global and multicultural perspectives (content pre-history to present)