Since its establishment in the 1940s, the Department of Political Science has been recognized as a provider of outstanding programs in the fields of international relations, political theory, comparative studies, and Asian politics. The department also houses specialty programs for Futures Studies and Indigenous Politics. Student-centered classes are focused on broad yet comprehensive discussions that catalyze critical thinking, and promote effective communication.
Office: Saunders Hall 640
Tel: (808) 956-8357
Fax: (808) 956-6877
Students in the Department of Political Science investigate a broad range of topics, from political theory to indigenous politics. Students are encouraged to broaden their perspectives by taking courses in other departments and through the many interdisciplinary programs associated with the UH Mānoa, such as Asian Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. As many students are also Honors students, a new Political Science Honors Track for undergraduate students is planned for Fall 2014.
Major Academic Areas
Alternative Futures, Comparative Politics, Indigenous Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy
The Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to reconceptualize and invent the future.
Indigenous Politics facilitates inquiry on a variety of issues including histories of interaction between Indigenous and settler peoples.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Minor in Political Science, Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)