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Degree Programs & Requirements

Consistent with its mission as a Catholic, Marianist institution, Chaminade University assists students to prepare themselves for life, service, and successful careers. The Chaminade experience assists each student to develop fully through a course of study grounded in the liberal arts.

Chaminade students are prepared for a lifetime of learning about themselves, each other, and the world they live in through challenging discourse and exercise in diverse methods of inquiry, moral guidance and spiritual exploration and participation in the university's multicultural community.

Undergraduate study at Chaminade University is structured in three parts:

* A core of basic skills development and liberal arts inquiry
* Intensive study in a chosen field of concentration (the major)
* Elective courses, three of which must be upper division and taken from outside the major.

All baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work which must include a minimum of 45 hours in upper division courses (300/400). Within these basic guidelines, the individual student selects a program of studies appropriate to personal needs and interests.

Associate's Degrees

Downwards ArrowBusiness Administration (A.A.)
The Business Administration program emphasizes the fundamentals of general business administration for students who need to acquire a basic knowledge of business processes to enhance their career options. Course requirements include introduction to business, accounting, statistics, and economics. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowCriminology and Criminal Justice (A.S.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of the judicial system and of criminal and deviant behavior. Students are prepared for entry into a number of career positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, and public safety, including positions at the federal, state, and local level. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowEarly Childhood Education (A.S.)
This program provides an introduction to child development and early childhood educational practices. Graduates of the program may continue onto a baccalaureate program to become a certified teacher or enter the workforce as a teacher or assistant teacher in pre-school/early childcare setting. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowLiberal Arts (A.A.)
Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to takes courses in English, Literature, Mathematics, History, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Religion, Philosophy, Natural Sciences, and Global Awareness. This degree provides students with a well-rounded education for successful continuation in a baccalaureate degree program. See catalog description.


Bachelor's Degrees

Downwards ArrowBusiness Administration (B.S.) Beginning Fall 2014
Pending WASC approval.
Emphasizes the fundamentals of general business management with course requirements including finance, economics, marketing, and management.
Downwards ArrowCriminology and Criminal Justice (B.S.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice is the study of the judicial system and of criminal and deviant behavior. Students are prepared for entry into a number of career positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, and public safety, including positions at the federal, state, and local level. It also prepares students for law school. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowEarly Childhood Education (B.S.)
The Early Childhood Education program prepares candidates interested in working with young children ages 2 ½ through six years in private schools and other educational environments. This program meets National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards and Hawai‘I state registry requirements for ECE. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowElementary Education (B.S.)
Upon successful completion of the Elementary Education degree program, graduates are certified to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. Chaminade follows certification guidelines set by the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board. Graduates are qualified to teach in most states. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowEnglish (B.A.)
The English program nurtures students’ creative, critical, and analytical abilities with regard to poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. Graduates of the program should be prepared to continue in graduate studies or professional careers that demand a sound background in literary studies, analytic reading, and writing skills. Three primary concentrations are offered: Writing, Literature, or Criticism. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowHistorical and Political Studies (B.A.)
The Historical & Political Studies program is an interdisciplinary degree which involves the study and analysis of the evolutions of societies, governments, and institutions. This program pays particular attention to perspectives of Pacific and Asian communities as well as other minority groups in the U.S. This program prepares students for graduate studies, law school, and careers in government and education. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowManagement (B.A.) Beginning Fall 2014
Pending WASC approval.
Downwards ArrowPsychology (B.S.)
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behavior. Students are prepared for graduate studies in fields such as counseling psychology, as well as careers in social services, business, medicine, education, and government. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowReligious Studies (B.A.)
The Religious Studies program offers students an in-depth reflection into the nature of religious experience and the workings of religious communities. Graduates of the program often go on to teach in religious affiliated schools, enter seminary, or continue on to graduate studies. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowSecondary Education (B.S.)
Graduates of the Secondary Education program are licensed to teach grades 7 through 12. Students must choose between two licensure tracks: English or Social Studies. See catalog description.
Downwards ArrowSocial Studies (B.A.)
The Social Studies program prepares students to teach social studies in middle and secondary schools. It is designed as a State of Hawai‘i Department of Education (D.O.E.) approved content area and may be used by students seeking a State of Hawai‘i license to teach in secondary schools. In addition to this approved content area, student must complete additional licensing courses in Education. See catalog description.

Associate of Art (A.A.)

The Associate of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a GPA of at least 2.0 (C) for all work completed at Chaminade. The degree also requires completion of the general education core. At least 15 semester hours of course work must be completed at Chaminade; if there is a concentration then at least half of the courses in the concentration must be taken at Chaminade. Students who intend to go on to the baccalaureate degree should select electives which fulfill pre-major and general education requirements which prepare the student to satisfy the additional requirements for the higher degree. Areas of emphasis are offered in Business Administration, and Liberal Arts.

Associate of Science (A.S.)

The Associate of Science degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a grade point ratio of at least 2.0 (C) for all work completed at Chaminade. The degree also requires completion of the general education core above. At least 15 semester hours of course work must be completed at Chaminade. Areas of emphasis are offered in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Early Childhood Education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit comprised of a general education core, a major field of concentration, and electives. At least 45 semester hours must be upper division (300/400 level). At least nine of the 45 semester hours of upper division credits required for the degree must be in disciplines outside the major field of concentration. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better, is required in all course work. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) is also required in the academic major. One year of residence (at least 30 semester hours) is required. At least half of the upper division credits required for the major must be completed at Chaminade.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree requires the completion of the general education core, and a major concentration and electives. Elective courses to round out the degree requirements are chosen with the approval of the major advisor. At least 45 semester hours must be upper division (300/400 level). At least nine of the 45 semester hours of upper division credits required for the degree must be in disciplines outside the major field of concentration. The degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit. An average grade of 2.0 (C) or better must be earned for all courses completed at Chaminade. An average grade of 2.0 (C) or better is also required in the major with some majors requiring a higher GPA. One year of residence, normally the senior year (30 semester hours), is required. At least half of the upper division credits required for the major must be completed at Chaminade.