BA in History


Dr. Douglas Askman, giving a tour at Iolani Palace. 

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 required sequence of courses studying in-depth American, Asian, European, and Pacific histories. The major's capstone course is a seminar resulting in a major piece of research and synthesis. The history major develops skills and a base of knowledge to prepare the student for graduate study in history. 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 for managerial positions in a variety of changing markets.

Program Objectives

Students who major in history will be prepared to:

  1. Comprehend and apply various research and analytical methodologies to the study of  history while developing an appreciation for diverse historical viewpoints.
  2. Place historical questions and issues of enduring importance within their chronological and geographical contexts.
  3. Gain an historical understanding of diverse cultures and regions of the world across time.
  4. Critically reflect on the development of the world’s major civilizations and cultures from indigenous and comparative perspectives while exploring the richness and diversity of heritages relevant to the informed global citizen living in a pluralistic present.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate critical analytic and reasoning skills useful in a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic endeavors.
  7. Effectively and clearly communicate historical ideas both orally and in writing.
  8. Understand the construction of value systems across time and within world cultures and thus promote the development of their own personal, ethical, and moral frameworks.

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