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  • Locations: Honolulu, HI, United States;
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - First Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Subject Areas: Philosophy
Language Prerequisite: None Non-UST Students: No
Internship Available: No Service Learning: No
Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:

St. Thomas: The Person and the Good, East and West, Hawaii

philosophy of the human

Program Highlights
  • Students will experience a blend of classroom lectures with guided fieldtrips to natural and cultural sites around Honolulu and the island of Oahu. Lecturers from the University of Hawaii’s School of Asian and Pacific studies will join with two St. Thomas faculty from the Department of Philosophy to engage in a dialogue of Western and non-Western intellectual traditions on questions related to the philosophical consideration of the nature of the human person and the nature of human good in both the East and the West. The St. Thomas faculty, Dr. Gregory Coulter and Dr. Michael Winter, have taught multiple versions of January Term courses in Hawaii.  
  • Visit sites throughout Hawaii of cultural or environmental importance; Kane‘aki Heiau, the Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site, Pearl Harbor, UH taro field and hikes to various sites including Manoa Falls and Ka‘ena Point State Park.
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Fulfills: PHIL 110 or PHIL 115

Academic Overview
Course Description
This course examines fundamental conceptions of the human person from both Western and non-Western perspectives using site visits to more fully understand Hawai‘ian history, religion, art and culture. Topics include the existence and immortality of the human soul, intelligence, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, the self and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. Possible site visits include: Religious sites of O'ahu, temples and shrines, Honolulu Museum of Art, Chinatown walking tour, Ka‘ena Point, Kane‘aki Heiau and Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site.
Program Structure
This course will allow students to engage in a dialogue of Eastern and Western intellectual traditions on questions related to the nature of human person. This study, situated at the University of Hawai‘i, will include guest lecturers and experts from various programs and departments. There will be regular class sessions, mostly scheduled for mornings. In addition, there will be various docent-conducted site visits to island locations that have cultural and natural significance. There is also a service-learning requirement which will provide students with additional opportunities to encounter and engage island culture. The course will also prepare students for further study in philosophy.
20% Short Assignments  
15% Journal: Due January 26
40% Long Paper: Due January 28
5% Quizzes
20% Class preparation and participation
100% Total
Location and Tentative Dates
January 3, 2022    Depart Minneapolis/MSP
January 28, 2022  Depart Honolulu/HNL to Minneapolis/MSP  
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in student housing in Honolulu. Some group meals will be provided as part of the program, other meals will be independent. 

Click on the Program Cost link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, round-trip flights, ground transportation, accommodations, some meals and course activities.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course content, contact: Prof. Greg Coulter,
                                             Prof. Mike Winter,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |

Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 1.2835 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 163,693 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 54.6 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 48.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

This program is currently not accepting applications.