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Foundations proposal form (for UHM departments only)
Foundations-Global & Multicultural Perspectives
Foundation courses are intended to give students skills and perspectives that are fundamental to undertaking higher
- Global & Multicultural Perspectives (FG) (6
Global and Multicultural Perspectives courses provide thematic
treatments of global processes and cross-cultural interactions from
a variety of perspectives. Students will gain a sense of human
development from pre-history to modern times through consideration
of narratives and artifacts of and from diverse cultures. At least
one component of each of these courses will involve the indigenous
cultures of Hawai'i, the Pacific, and Asia.
- Symbolic Reasoning (FS) (3 credits/1 course)
Courses fulfilling this requirement will expose students to the beauty and power of formal systems, as well as to their
clarity and precision; courses will not focus solely on computational skills. Students should understand the concept
of proof as a chain of inferences. They should be able to apply formal rules or algorithms. They should also be able
to engage in hypothetical reasoning. In addition, the course should aim to develop the ability of students to use
appropriate symbolic techniques in the context of problem solving, and in the presentation and critical evaluation of
Students will be introduced to the rhetorical, conceptual, and stylistic demands of writing at the college level; courses
give instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and composing from sources. This course also provides
students with experiences in the library and on the Internet and enhances their skills in accessing and using various
types of primary and secondary materials.
Hallmarks and Explanatory Notes
Board approved FG, 01/27/06; FW, 04/21/06; FS, 05/02/12)
Foundations Hallmarks (pdf file)
(used to designate Fall 2002 courses)
Proposal Form (UHM only)
The Foundations proposal form will be posted in late July. Please check back at that time. Thank you.
General Information About Designations
requirement approved January 2003; ECON 301 was approved prior to this
decision so its approval will continue through Spring 2008.]
1. Students must complete their Foundations requirement during their
first year. Thus, Foundations courses must be at the 100- or 200-level.
2. All instructors of the course must agree to meet the
appropriate Foundations Hallmarks because all sections will have the
Foundations designation every time the course is offered.
3. A new course must be approved by the department and college prior
to submission of a proposal.
4. The course description in the upcoming Catalog must be
consistent with Foundations Hallmarks. In some cases, this will require
modifications to the official course description.
5. Once given a Foundations designation, the course cannot have a
Focus or Diversification designation.
[Effective March 2007, students can take Foundations and
Diversification courses from the same department.]
In addition, students who take a
Global & Multicultural Perspectives course from a department may
not fulfill their Diversification requirements with courses from that
6. Once approved, the designation will maintain for three years
for first-time proposals and five years for renewals.
During the approval period, the General Education Committee will assess
the course in light of the goals of the Foundations requirement. The
department will need to begin the process to renew the designation
approximately one year prior to expiration in order to maintain
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