The center has developed an exciting new Bachelor of Arts
degree in Pacific Islands studies. Undergraduate students will learn
innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to explore the diversity of
Island societies and develop critical understandings of economic, social,
political, and cultural change transforming Oceania today. This BA will
encourage Pacific Islander students to examine elements of their histories
and cultures within a regional context, and appeal to all those interested
in public policy leadership and community engagement through other fields
that work closely with Pacific Islanders, such as education, health care,
social work, counseling, public administration, and social research.
Students may currently choose from two interrelated areas of concentration: (1) Public Policy and Community Development and (2) Contemporary Regional Issues; a third concentration, (3) Culture, Arts, and Performance, is being developed. All students will engage in service-learning
opportunities in active support of Pacific Islander issues and concerns
in multicultural Hawai‘i. Graduates of this program will be well
prepared to apply knowledge in community settings or pursue advanced
degrees in Pacific Islands studies. Click here to see the major requirements for the BA in Pacific Islands studies.
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