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Individualized (BA or BS)


Major Credits Required: 54-69 Credits


An Individualized Major that allows students to create a major that is not otherwise offered at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Individualized Majors may contribute to Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Students may propose American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations, internships, fieldwork, research, or study abroad in collaboration with coursework to satisfy degree completion.

All Individualized Majors require a formal written proposal endorsed by a faculty member, academic advisor, program chair and the appropriate dean. The proposal must demonstrate a coherent theme with academic merit from two or more disciplines. Students must be in good academic standing, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and have third semester standing or higher to be eligible for proposing an Individualized Major.

See a College of Professional Studies academic advisor or the Individualized Major Program Chair for proposal instructions.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed learner by determining individual academic objectives, forming a plan for execution, and evaluating the resulting learning.

  2. Explain issues, analyze evidence, assess assumptions, define one’s own perspectives and positions, and present the implications and consequences of conclusions in an individualized major area.

  3. Show proficiency with information literacy while accomplishing research relevant to the industry, government, or research area in which one is working.

  4. Be able to effectively communicate in writing and speech applicable to situations common in academic settings, workplaces, or leadership positions.

  5. Integrate coursework, knowledge, skills, and experiential learning that demonstrates a broad mastery or learning across one’s individualized curriculum for further career advancement.