E komo mai. Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Since our establishment in the 1940s, we have been recognized as providing graduate programs of distinction and we stand out in the fields of international relations, political theory, comparative studies, Asian politics, futures studies, and indigenous politics.

Our students are encouraged to broaden their perspectives by taking courses in other departments and through the many interdisciplinary programs associated with the University such as Asian Studies and the Pacific Islands program.

Graduates of our department have entered numerous fields such as journalism, foreign service, social service, government, law, teaching, civil service, business, librarianship, law enforcement, and research.

2016 External Review :

"UH-Mānoa possesses a Department of Political Science unlike any other political science department in a research one flagship university. Where most focus on building excellence in the study of American political institutions, this department emphasizes Indigenous politics, Asian and Pacific politics and alternative futures. Where most focus on hiring scholars with strong quantitative methodological skills, this department emphasizes qualitative methodologies. While many focus most intently on expertise in empirical social science, this department focuses intently on normative political theory. While some departments see publication in the top general journals in the discipline as the pinnacle of professional success in the discipline, this department privileges the publication of books.

... we also see this to be a reflection of an unusually faithful and welcome embrace of the central missions of the University of Hawai‘i, which seeks to be a 'Globally-connected Hawaiian Place of Learning,' while becoming 'America’s foremost institution of higher education…permeated by a multicultural focus and experiences that are distinctly Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific.'"