International Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The International Studies degree program is a contemporary, interdisciplinary program, offering students flexibility in coursework with several options for specialized and in-depth study.

The program has recently been updated to offer students a streamlined, focused program that centers on the present-day global political economy, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. International Studies students develop a contemporary global awareness through studies targeting key topics in political economy, globalization, economic systems, and the environment.

Two areas of concentration are offered:

  • International Relations, primarily a Political Science focus (description below)
  • International Trade, primarily a Business focus

Both specializations benefit from Hawaii’s unique Pacific location, emphasizing Asian-Pacific interests.

International Relations Concentration

This concentration emphasizes the study of international affairs, including areas of specialization such as history, politics, diplomacy, human rights, and the environment.

This interdisciplinary program offers courses that cover issues such as commerce, finance, governance, social justice, development and human rights, and the environment within the context of the relations among states, international institutions, regimes and norms.

The program’s primary practical application prepares students for graduate studies in a variety of disciplines (Business, Economics, History and Political Science) as well as careers in the fields of international affairs (e.g. diplomacy, NGO work, etc.) and international trade.

Students in either concentration in the International Studies program may further enhance their education through additional learning experiences including:

  • The Hogan Entrepreneurs Program, a unique program at Chaminade providing instruction from successful business leaders and entrepreneurial mentors, open to all majors
  • Study Abroad Program, with access to many countries through Chaminade’s partnership with UH Manoa.

Students at Chaminade enjoy a diverse student body with classmates from many localities around the nation and the globe. In addition, small class sizes mean a wealth of interactions with faculty and fellow students, contributing to an engaging learning environment. Among the outstanding faculty for this multi-disciplinary program are Christopher McNally, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Political Economy and an authority on modern China, and Caryn Callahan, Ph.D., Professor of Finance and International Business.