Program Overview

Students interested in learning how to lead within democratic systems of government and understand how political institutions and economies are influence by globalization may be ideal candidates for University of Hawaii’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Political Science. Students will have the opportunity to understand theory in a real-world context by developing their understanding through a liberal arts education, as well as the development of analytical and creative thinking and communication in order to prepare for changes in society and economic and global activity.

Students will partake in a curriculum where they may develop an understanding of the United States political system in addition to political activity within Hawaii. Some required courses include Government and Politics, Comparative Government, and College Mathematics.

Upon completion of the program, students should have comprehension of politics, political activity, and professional qualifications necessary for entry-level roles in political organizations and election organizations. Graduates should be able to explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government, explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States, and define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration. Other skills include understanding the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels, and identifying key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describing how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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