Diplomacy and Military Studies

Diplomacy and Military Studies

The Diplomacy and Military Studies (DMS) major at Hawai‘i Pacific University is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the fields of historical and political studies and their various approaches and methodologies in order to better understand the role of the military as an institution within society.  The program of study is constructed to give students historical, ethical, and practical perspectives on politico-military affairs.  Students take a wide variety of courses that provide broad geographic and chronological context. The B.S. in DMS develops the skills, base of knowledge, and moral awareness that will serve as preparation for a career as a leader, whether in today’s military or in the private sector.  Those same skills and knowledge base provide a foundation for pursuing a graduate degree in history, political science, international relations, or law.


The B.S. in Diplomacy and Military Studies prepares students for a broad range of careers in areas such as journalism, education, management, law, various government roles, military and public interest fields.


  • American Studies
  • Diplomacy & Military Studies
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Political Science

Diplomacy and Military Studies is a distinctive, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree. There are very few degrees like it anywhere in the country. The degree enhances cognitive skills and opens students to a wide array of careers in both the public and private sectors. Through the combined study of history, political science, and international studies, DMS students gain interdisciplinary insights, knowledge, and perspectives on the complexities of the contemporary world we live in today, as well as the events of the past that explain the challenges of today.

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $45 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy & Military Studies students 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. Undertake graduate study in history, political science, international relations, and related fields.