Historical & Political Studies

Bachelors of Arts

Program Overview

History employs chronology to understand change and continuity, as well as cause and effect, in human communities. Political Science studies the ways people create and use government. Historical and Political Studies prepares students for careers in law, government and education. The program promotes intellectual, social and personal growth in the liberal arts tradition. It is also committed to the civic and moral development of students in the Marianist tradition. The program pays special attention to multicultural perspectives of Pacific and Asian communities, as well as those of minority groups within United States.

B.A. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. Historical change, continuity and causality;
    • Students will employ chronology to understand change and continuity, as well as cause and effect, in history. The skills and competencies in this area are developed in all regularly offered history courses;
  2. The workings of politics and governance;
    • Students will learn how and why people create forms of governance. This knowledge can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of laws and political institutions. The skills and competencies in this area are developed in all regularly offered political science courses;
  3. Historical and political perspectives and interpretations;
    • Students will explain historical events and political developments with multiple views and interpretations thereby avoiding explanations that point to historical linearity or political inevitability.
  4. How to conduct and present historical and political research;
    • Students will use the tools and methods of historians or political scientists to transform learning from memorization to actually “doing” history or political science. Skills and competencies in this area are developed primarily in HI 490, POL 490, and the required capstone course HI/POL 494; and
  5. Preparation for an intended career. The Program offers preparation for the following career areas:
    • Law: student has taken or will enroll in the pre-law seminars offered by Chaminade University; student has taken or will complete by the end of the HI/POL 494 course three practice LSAT examinations;
    • Education: student has taken or is prepared to take PRAXIS I (pre-professional skills test) and PRAXIS II (subject assessments) examinations by the end of the HI/POL 494 course; student understands the licensure process for the school district in which he or she intends to teach; and
    • Government: student knows or will know by the end of the HI/POL 494 course how to locate jobs, identify qualifications and prepare for civil service examination(s) with the country, state and federal governments. Skills and competencies in this area are reviewed in the required course HI/POL 494.
Degree Requirements

Pre-major Requirements

Every student must complete a minimum of two courses selected from:

  • HI 151 World Civilizations I
  • HI 152 World Civilizations II
  • HI 201 America through Civil War 
  • HI 202 America since Civil War
  • POL 111 Comparative Government and Politics
  • POL 211 American Government & Politics

The specific selections may vary according to the intended career and personal interests of the student. Students intending to teach social studies in the middle and secondary schools have further prerequisites as listed below.

The student must complete 24 upper division credits in History or Political Science, or some combination of courses from the two disciplines. This includes HI/POL 494, Research Seminar that is required for all majors. The other 21 credits in the program will be decided with the faculty advisor based on intended career and personal interests. Three advising paths are recommended by the faculty that lead toward careers in law, government service, and secondary education.

Path Towards a Career in Law

Lower-Division Requirements: – 2 courses from the following:

  • HI 201 America through Civil War 
  • HI 202 America since Civil War
  • POL 111 Comparative Government and Politics
  • POL 211 American Government & Politics

Upper-Division Requirements:

  • Select a minimum of seven (7) courses from:
    • HI 304 America Between the Wars
    • HI/POL 305 Contemporary America
    • HI 321 Ancient Europe
    • HI/POL 324 Modern Europe
    • HI/POL 341 Vietnam War
    • HI/POL 344 Modern Southeast Asia
    • HI/POL 401 U.S. Constitution I
    • HI/POL 402 U.S. Constitution II 
    • HI 405 African Americans
    • HI 406 Women in America
    • HI 407 History of Rock-n-Roll
    • HI 422 Pre-Modern Russia
    • HI 443 Pre-Modern Japan
    • HI/POL 444 Modern Japan
    • HI/POL 446 Modern Middle East
    • HI 450 Pre-Modern Hawai’i
    • HI/POL 451 Modern Hawai’i
    • HI/POL 475 History and Politics of Film
    • POL 374 International Law
    • POL 376 Public Administration
  • HI/POL 494 Research Seminar (Student must complete at least 12 hours of upper-division history/political science coursework before enrolling in this course).

Path Towards a Career in Education

Lower-Division Requirements

  • These seven courses are vital preparation for teaching the social studies curriculum in middle and high schools, as well as taking the PRAXIS II Social Studies Content Knowledge Examination, which is required for the licensing of teachers in Hawai’i and many other states.
    • EC 201 Principals of Macroeconomics
    • GE 102 World Regional Geography
    • HI 151 World Civilizations I
    • HI 152 World Civilizations II
    • HI 201 America through Civil War
    • HI 202 America Since the Civil War
    • POL 211 American Government & Politics

Upper-Division Requirements

  • Select a minimum of seven (7) courses from:
    • HI 301 Early America
    • HI 302 American Civil War Era
    • HI 304 America Between the Wars
    • HI/POL 305 Contemporary America
    • HI 321 Ancient Europe
    • HI/RE 322 Medieval Life and Thought
    • HI 323 Pre-Modern Europe
    • HI/POL 324 Modern Europe
    • HI/POL 341 Vietnam War
    • HI/POL 344 Modern Southeast Asia
    • POL 375 International Relations
    • HI/POL 401 U.S. Constitution I
    • HI/POL 402 U.S. Constitution II
    • HI/POL 403 American Diplomacy
    • HI 405 African Americans
    • HI 406 Women in America
    • HI 407 History of Rock-n-Roll
    • HI/POL 418 International History of the Cold War
    • HI/POL 419 Contemporary World Order
    • HI 422 Pre-Modern Russia
    • HI 424 Modern Russia
    • HI/POL 442 Modern China
    • HI 443 Pre-Modern Japan
    • HI/POL 444 Modern Japan
    • HI/POL 446 Modern Middle East
    • HI 450 Pre-Modern Hawai’i
    • HI/POL 451 Modern Hawai’i
    • HI 452 Pre-Modern Pacific Islands
    • HI/POL 453 Modern Pacific Islands
    • HI/POL 475 History and Politics of Film
      • students preparing to teach in Hawai’i must take HI 450 Pre-Modern Hawai’i and HI/POL 451 Modern Hawai’i
  • HI/POL 494 Research Seminar (Student must complete at least 12 hours of upper-division history/political science coursework before enrolling in this course).

 

Path Towards a Career in Government

Lower-Division Requirements

  • Select a minimum of two (2) courses from:
    • HI 152 World Civilizations II
    • HI 202 America since Civil War
    • POL 111 Comparative Government and Politics
    • POL 211 American Government & Politics

Upper-Division Requirements*

  • Select a minimum of seven (7) courses from:
    • HI 301 Early America
    • HI/POL 305 Contemporary America
    • HI 323 Pre-Modern Europe
    • HI/POL 324 Modern Europe
    • HI/POL 401 U.S. Constitution I
    • HI/POL 402 U.S. Constitution II
    • HI/POL 403 American Diplomacy
    • HI 406 Women in America
    • HI/POL 418 International History of the Cold War
    • HI/POL 419 Contemporary World Order
    • HI/POL 442 Modern China
    • HI/POL 446 Modern Middle East
    • HI 452 Pre-Modern Pacific Islands
    • HI/POL 453 Modern Pacific Islands
    • POL 345 Comparative Asian Politics
    • POL/RE 347 Justice, Development and Human Rights
    • POL 374 International Law
    • POL 375 International Relations
    • POL 486 Legislative Internship
  • HI/POL 494 Research Seminar (Student must complete at least 12 hours of upper-division history/political science coursework before enrolling in this course)

Minors in History and Political Science

Pre-Minor Requirement for a Minor in History: HI 201 & HI 202 (with a grade of “C” or better.)

Pre-Minor Requirement for a Minor in Political Science: POL 111 & POL 211 (with a grade of “C” or better.)

Requirement for a Minor in History: Four (4) upper division History courses, upon approval of program advisor.

Requirement for a minor in Political Science: Four (4) upper division Political Science courses, upon approval of program advisor.

B.A. Curriculum (PACE)

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating this program will be prepared to enter graduate studies as well as successful careers in research, education, law, international affairs, and public service. Historians are employed by universities, museums, archives, and government agencies.

Degree Requirements

Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.

General Education Requirements 

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework.
  • Complete general education courses required for all bachelor’s degrees.
  • Satisfy all core curriculum requirements including nine credits of upper division course work outside the disciplines required for the declared major and the interdisciplinary course.
  • Satisfy all requirements for the major discipline.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (for all work completed at Chaminade).
  • Minimum of 45 credit hours must be upper division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least half of required major credit hours must be completed at Chaminade.

Careers

Faculty members in the discipline help students to identify their interests, intellectual passions, and desired careers. Understanding these, they work together to choose an effective and engaging course of study. For those interested in careers in law, government service, or education, the faculty suggests three advising paths.

  • Preparation for a career in law is consistent with the Pre-Law Program guidelines.
  • Preparation for government service involves a path that includes both history and political science options.
  • Preparation for a career in secondary education begins with an expanded group of lower division prerequisites that provide the information they will need in the secondary school social studies classroom.