The Department of Political Science offers the BA, MA (Plan A, thesis, and Plan B, non-thesis), and PhD degrees. The department maintains close ties with the East-West Center. At the graduate level, the department stands out in the fields of international relations, political theory, comparative studies, Asian politics, futures studies, and policy analysis.
The graduate program, one of the largest in the United States, encourages scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth across a range of political themes. It is expected that a few students will continue on in graduate work while the majority enter careers and responsibilities in both public service and private organizations with greater analytical and critical faculties. Specialized options are available within the curriculum in the following areas: alternative futures, Asia and Pacific politics, comparative politics, international relations, political behavior, political theory, and public policy.
Areas of active faculty research include classical and critical theoretical perspectives, policy analysis, quantitative computer methods, innovative applications of biological and physical theories to political phenomena, peace and future studies, feminism, politics and media, and many other issues and approaches.
The department's interests in Asia and the Pacific basin result in heavy use of the Asia, Pacific, and Hawaiian collections. The Government Documents Collection acquires materials from the United States, the United Nations and its affiliates, and the World Bank.
The East-West Center Resource Materials Collection, with its emphasis on non-trade publications, conference papers, official publications, and publications of non-governmental organizations of the Pacific rim nations, supplements the Hamilton Library collection.
The Institute for Peace Resources maintains a collection of books, journals, newsletters and videos on conflict and peace. The collection helps to support a recently approved undergraduate Certificate in Peace Studies.
The Legislative Reference Bureau Library contains an extensive collection of state legislative and public administration materials. At present, this library emphasizes current issues and policy oriented materials of interest to the Hawaii Legislature, and de-emphasizes academic and historical materials.
Date Compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Vicky Lebbin