BACHELOR OF SCIENCE MAJOR IN DIPLOMACY AND MILITARY STUDIES

Major Credits Required: 60-62 Credits

The Diplomacy and Military Studies major at Hawai‘i Pacific University is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the fields of history, political science, and international relations. These disciplines provide both the historical background to and the current application of diplomatic and military affairs. Learning these various disciplinary approaches and methodologies gives students historical, ethical, contemporary, and practical perspectives on politico-military affairs as well as a better understanding of the role of the military as an institution within society. History courses examine the role of the military in the context of “war and society”. They not only look at the development of the military strategy and tactics but also ask questions regarding the relationship of the military establishment to social and technological change as well as the relationship between diplomacy and the use of force. The political science courses view the military in the context of political institutions and the relations n states. The Diplomacy and Military Studies major thus develops the skills, and knowledgebase that will serve as preparation for a career as a leader, whether in today’s military, in government service, or in the private sector. Those same skills and knowledge also provide a foundation for pursuing a graduate degree in history, political science, international relations, or law.

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.


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who major in Diplomacy and Military Studies will be able to:

  1. Discuss and apply the various methodologies and approaches to the study of history, political science, and international relations in a military context.

  2. Place questions and issues concerning the role of the military within their chronological and geographical context to serve as a foundation for more in-depth inquiries.

  3. Make use of critically reflective tools for interpreting pertinent historical, cultural, philosophical, and political issues.

  4. Articulate the moral and ethical concerns raised through the study of the relationship of the military to society and technology.

  5. Appreciate the importance of the military as an instrument for the preservation of peace rather than the waging of war.

  6. Be prepared to undertake graduate study in history, political science, international relations, and related fields.