International Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The International Studies degree program is a contemporary, interdisciplinary program, offering students flexibility in coursework with several options for specialized and in-depth study.

The program has recently been updated to offer students a streamlined, focused program that centers on the present-day global political economy, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. International Studies students develop a contemporary global awareness through studies targeting key topics in political economy, globalization, economic systems, and the environment.

Two areas of concentration are offered:

  • International Relations, primarily a Political Science focus
  • International Trade, primarily a Business focus

Both specializations benefit from Hawaii’s unique Pacific location, emphasizing Asian-Pacific interests.

International Trade Concentration

This concentration boasts a holistic focus on global commerce, examining principles in business and economics as well as history and political science. Studying international trade at Chaminade University offers a distinct advantage whereas our encompassing economy is influenced not only by the economic climate of the U.S. but also by the giants of Asia: Japan, China and Korea. Surrounding businesses must make strategic decisions with knowledge of international commerce and tourism.

Chaminade’s International Studies – International Trade concentration offers a multi-disciplinary approach that teaches students the essential principles and awareness to effectively understand and engage in the world of international business. This interdisciplinary program is jointly offered through the School of Business and Communication and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Students in this concentration may further enhance their education through additional learning experiences including:

  • The Hogan Entrepreneurs Program – a unique certificate program at Chaminade University which provides instruction and guidance from successful business leaders and entrepreneurial mentors
  • Study Abroad Program – which provides access to a plethora of countries, enabling you to expand upon your understanding of the international market place first hand

Students at Chaminade enjoy a diverse student body with classmates from a multitude of localities around the globe. In addition, class sizes are designed to be proportionately ideal in order to maximize the interactions between faculty and fellow students, contributing to an engaging learning environment.


Learning Outcomes

This interdisciplinary program develops and enhances the students’ capacity to think comprehensively, creatively, and critically about such issues as commerce, finance, governance, social justice, development and human rights, and the environment within the context of the relations among states and international institutions, regimes, and norms.

The program’s primary practical application is to prepare students for graduate studies in the disciplines of Business, Economics, History, and Political Science, as well as careers in the fields of international trade and business and international affairs (e.g., diplomacy, NGO work, etc.).

Upon successful completion of the program, students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. The social and cultural contexts and issues which influence the conduct of international relations and trade, AN 200, GE 102, COM 310, ENV 313, HI 152, RE 103, POL/RE 347, HI/POL 419
  2. The economic systems and issues which influence the conduct of international relations and trade, EC 201, EC 202, EC 320, EC 420, ENV/EC 313, HI/POL 439
  3. The political, legal, and value systems and issues which influence the conduct of international relations and trade, POL 111, BU 362, POL 374, POL 375, HI/POL 419, POL/RE 347, HI/POL 438
  4. The primary environmental challenges facing the global community at present and the international institutions and agreements created to address them, ENV 313, HI/POL 438 and
  5. The distinctive features and challenges of conducting business internationally. BU 402, HI/POL 439

Students who pursue a concentration in International Trade will further demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the functional areas of business, including central theories, modes of analysis, tasks, and strategies. BU 200, AC 201, AC 202, FIN 301, FIN 303, MKT 301, MKT 306, HI/POL 439
  2. The ability to apply knowledge of international trade in the context of actual firm operations. BU 402, BU 480, BU 487, FIN 303, MKT 436
Degree Requirements

International Studies Pre-Major/Minor Requirements:

All majors and minors must complete the following pre-major/minor requirements:

  • AN 200 Cultural Anthropology
  • BU 200 Introduction to Business
  • EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GE 102 World Regional Geography
  • POL 111 Comparative Government and Politics
  • RE 103 World Religions
  • HI 152 World Civilizations

In addition, International Trade Majors are required to take AC 201 Principles of Accounting I, which is the per-requisite for FIN 301 Principles of Finance.


Major Requirements:

All Majors will complete the following Required Common Core Course (3 credits):

  • BU 402 International Business

International Trade Concentration:

  • BU 362 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
  • ENV/EC 313 Contemporary Economic Issues
  • FIN 301 Principles of Finance
  • HI/POL 439 Global Financial Crises
  • MGT 306 Human Resource Management
  • MKT 301 Principles of Marketing

Elective Courses:

Choose five courses from the following:

  • BU 416 Career Development
  • BU 487 Internship
  • COM 310 Intercultural Communication
  • EC 320 Economic Systems in the Age of Globalization
  • EC 420 International Economics
  • FIN 303 Investments
  • HI/POL 419 Contemporary World Order
  • HI/POL 438 Globalization and Capitalism
  • MKT 436 Marketing Globally
  • POL 375 International Relations