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The Department of History offers programs leading to the BA, MA (Plan A, thesis and Plan B, non-thesis) and PhD degrees in American, European, Russian, Asian, Pacific and World History. Courses are also taught on the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

The department's teaching interests cover all areas of the discipline, however, a strong emphasis on the history of the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. The history of Africa and South America is less emphasized. Classes in historiography are an integral part of the curriculum.

Faculty research interests include Japan; China; Korea; Southeast Asia; American intellectual, diplomatic, social and cultural history; Europe (especially Germany, France, Britain); Islamic history; medieval history; classical history; Russian history; Latin America; world history; economic history; and the history of science.

Department faculty edit the Journal of Pacific Studies, supported by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the Journal of World History, supported by the department.


The discipline of History draws heavily on such subject areas such as American studies, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology; it also makes heavy use of the materials housed in the Government Documents, Hawaiian, Pacific and Asian Collections.

The Hawaiian Collection acquires duplicate copies of heavily used titles for BHSD, often in close consultation with appropriate selectors. The Pacific Collection acquires duplicate copies of heavily used titles for BHSD. The Asia Collection is responsible for collection development in the history of Asia and Russia as well as materials written in the vernacular languages. Audiovisual material is selected by the Wong AV Center in close consultation with the History selector.


Language: Primarily English, but also extensively French, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and the vernacular languages of India, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Chronological: No limitations.

Geographic: No limitations, but the emphasis is on the United States, Europe, the arc of Asia from India to Japan, and the Pacific basin.

Date of Publication: No limitations.

Types and Formats of Materials Collected: No limitations, but the emphasis is on books and serials, including reprints, and primary source documents, usually in microformat. The department expects students to use archival, manuscript and other primary source materials not available in Hawaii.

Dissertations are obtained only upon specific request. Audiovisual materials are selected by the Wong AV Center in close consultation with the history selector. The library collects only a minimum of genealogical material beyond American and European biographies and biographic dictionaries. The Hawaiian Collection acquires both chiefly and ethnic genealogies when available in print or near-print format.

Electronic Format: All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform. Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting.

Treatment: All treatments are collected.

Major Microform Holdings: The library holds the Evans and Wing short-title lists; the British Parliamentary Papers on microcard; runs of early American newspapers; and runs of United States consular reports of Asian and Pacific stations. The Asia Collection maintains microfilm runs of Asian newspapers and the reports of American missionaries in Asia. The Pacific Collection holds the complete microfilm edition of the papers of the Trust Territory of the Pacific.


A joint program with the Library and Information Science Program allows a candidate to earn a joint degree: the MA in History and the Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc).

Compiled by: Jodie Mattos

Date: June 2008

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