College of Social Sciences
Social Sciences 640
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8357
Fax: (808) 956-6877
*G. Kent, PhD (Chair)-international relations, development, food and nutrition, children, pedagogy
*M. J. Shapiro, PhD(Graduate Chair)-political theory, media, politics of culture
*B. Aquino, PhD-Southeast Asian and Philippine politics, women and politics
*D. Bwy, PhD-political theory, methodology
*R. Chadwick, PhD-international relations, global modeling, methodology
*J. A. Dator, PhD-political futures, media, Asian politics
*K. Ferguson, PhD-feminist theory, political theory, organizational theory
J. Goldberg-Hiller, PhD-American politics, judicial politics, public policy
*M. Haas, PhD-Asian politics, development, international relations, methodology, peace studies
*M. Henningsen, PhD-political theory, European politics, genocide/Holocaust
*H. S. Kariel, PhD-political theory, media
*S. Krishna, PhD-comparative politics, international political economy, South Asia
*Y. Kuroda, PhD-comparative politics, Japan/West Asia political socialization
*O. Lee, PhD-Chinese politics, international relations, American politics
*N. Milner, PhD-law and politics, public policy, conflict studies
*D. E. Neubauer, PhD-public policy, political economy, health politics
*L. Nitz, PhD-political economy, public policy, methodology
*I. S. Rohter, PhD-political ecology, Hawai'i politics, green politics
*G. Schubert, PhD-political behavior, political theory, politics and the life sciences
N. Soguk, PhD-international relations, international organizations, migration, human rights, Middle East
*C. M. Stephenson, PhD-international organization, security, environment, peace studies
*D. S. Suh, PhD-comparative politics, comparative communism, Korean politics
*P. Turnbull, PhD-politics of Hawai'i, American politics, cultural politics
*J. Wilson, PhD-political philosophy, American politics
*K. Zhou, PhD-comparative politics, Chinese politics, women and development
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
C. Morrison, PhD-Southeast Asian international relations
S. Pooley, PhD-fishery economics
Degrees Offered: BA in political science, MA in political science, PhD in political science
The Academic Program
Political science (POLS) examines politics not only in government and among nations but also in private organizations, businesses, universities, families, language, and daily life. Various methods are used to do this, ranging from the interpretive and historical to the quantitative and statistical.
Political science graduates enter numerous professions: journalism, foreign service, social services, government, law, law enforcement, teaching, civil service, business, librarianship, and research. Undergraduate majors have done all of these and more. So have the department's graduate students, many of whom come from abroad and return to their home countries to become leaders in their fields. The Department of Political Science provides a sound undergraduate education that helps prepare people to think critically and constructively about the world and to be active, concerned citizens in whatever walk of life they choose. Its internship program permits undergraduates to earn academic credit while working in community or governmental institutions and processes.
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 department is an open, informal place where students, staff, and faculty alike are encouraged to participate in departmental affairs and governance. For further information, call (808) 956-8357 or write to the department.
Students may write to, or make appointments to see, either the graduate chair or the undergraduate chair, who will discuss the options available and assign students, if necessary, to a faculty member who specializes in a field of study.
Students must complete 27 credit hours, including:
- 18 credits at 300 level or above
- Any 100-level POLS course, or POLS 221, or POLS 272
- POLS 300 and 310
- Two courses from POLS 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, and 380
Students must complete 15 credit hours at the 300 level or above, including one course from POLS 300, 310, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, or 380.
Students should choose one of the 100- or 200-level political science core courses as part of their General Education Core in social sciences, since a 100- or 200-level course is prerequisite for 300-level courses.
The department has three different graduate degree programs: master's degree Plan A, for which a master's thesis is required; master's degree Plan B, for which a culminating experience is required; and the doctor of philosophy (PhD) program. The department offers specializations in alternative futures, Asian and Pacific politics, comparative politics, international relations, political behavior, political theory, and public policy.
A completed application includes a statement of purpose from the applicant, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, and scores from the GRE General Test. A paper or some other work that indicates the applicant's writing and analytical abilities is required. Further information regarding the requirements for all three programs is available in a brochure. Write to the graduate secretary for the brochure as well as application information and forms.
The application deadline is February 1 for admission in the fall semester. No spring semester admissions are taken.
Graduates in political science have entered careers in teaching, research, and service in non-governmental organizations and various levels of government.
The department offers MA Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (culminating experience) degrees that can be tailored to a student's interests and needs. The MA program invites applicants who are prepared to think critically and constructively about political phenomena. All MA students are required to take three of the following courses regardless of program (Plan A or Plan B): POLS 610, 620, 630, 640, 650, 660, 670, and
The department's PhD program encourages students to pursue specialized interests as well as to broaden their understanding of political phenomena. The department looks for students who are prepared to construct a successful course of study based on their individual interests, in conjunction with appropriate advising and course work. We encourage applicants who approach political questions in a critical and creative manner and who combine work from different specializations and disciplines to pursue their own particular projects.
Honors and Awards
Thomas Hamilton Memorial Scholarship-$150 for a student with outstanding scholarship and all-around performance who has completed at least two courses in political theory.
Philip E. Jacob Award-$500 for the outstanding graduating senior in political science.
Carl Knobloch Prize Fund-$100 for a student with an excellent academic record who also has an outstanding record of community and/or University service.
Richard Kosaki Student Assistance Fund-$250, first prize; $150, second prize; $100, third prize, for excellence in research, based on papers written as part of political science course work.
Norman Meller Award-$1,500 for fall semester to a graduate student with an outstanding academic record.
Werner Levi Award-$1,500 for spring semester to a graduate student for meritorious academic achievement.
Harry J. Friedman Memorial Scholarship-for outstanding work in comparative politics.