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History (BA)


Major Credits Required: 51-59 Credits

The history major at Hawai‘i Pacific University provides students with a solid foundation in the field of historical studies and its methodologies. It offers broad exposure to the past, chronologically and geographically, through a selection of courses offering in-depth study of regional, global and thematic history. The capstone course is a seminar resulting in a substantial piece of research and synthesis. The history major develops skills and a base of knowledge to prepare the student for graduate study. It also enables one to pursue careers drawing upon competency in research, writing, analysis, comparative perspectives, multicultural sensitivities, foreign language ability, and related skills relevant to positions in a variety of changing environments.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


Students who major in history will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse historical viewpoints.

  2. Place historical questions and issues of enduring importance within their chronological and geographical contexts.

  3. Gain an historical understanding of cultures and regions of the world across time.

  4. Recognize the nature of global processes, as they operate in an historical framework, through the study of global systems such as capitalism, gender, warfare, religion, etc.

  5. Demonstrate critical analytic, reasoning, and research skills.

  6. Effectively and clearly communicate historical ideas both orally and in writing.