A History Minor is an excellent addition to a wide range of majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It adds breadth and depth in research and writing skills. In addition, it broadens students’ knowledge of the past, thereby enhancing understanding of the present and informing debate about future potentialities.
The Gender and Women's Studies minor at Hawai'i Pacific University provides students with an inter- and multi-disciplinary framework with which to explore the construction of gender and sexuality and how these relate to power. While most of the courses in the minor will be based in the traditional disciplines, students will be encouraged to link the perspectives and methodologies of gender and women's studies across these disciplines. The minor will expose students to a variety of theoretical approaches to the study of women's and men's economic, political, social and cultural roles. Students will explore how sex roles engender and are engendered by economic, political, social and cultural institutions. Students in the minor will also understand how gender is situated within the categories of race, class, ethnicity and sexuality; and obtain a comparative and international perspective on the study of gender.
A Minor in Diplomacy and Military Studies compliments a wide range of majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Its interdisciplinary courses, which examine the role of the military as an institution within society, add breadth to majors such as History, Humanities, Political Science, International Relations, International Business, Justice Administration, and International Studies.
A minor in American Studies provides students with interdisciplinary courses, and will take a social science approach to American culture. This minor complements several of Hawai'i Pacific University's majors, and will engage student interest in the field and inform future decisions about additional programs in American Studies or related disciplines.
The minor in International Studies permits students to develop a more flexible perspective with which to better understand and evaluate the societies and institutions that make up the contemporary world. The multi-disciplinary approach aims at immersing students in various methods of analyzing contemporary international issues. The IS major is primarily based in the disciplines of political science and international relations, but includes courses from anthropology, economics, sociology, geography and history. An important goal of this study is to describe the nature and evolution of contemporary global structures.
The minor in political science is designed to make students familiar with domestic, national and international politics. It gives the students an introduction to major subfields in the discipline: American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. This gives the student valuable analytical skills for examines many of the major political debates and issues of our time.