Hawai‘i Pacific University is truly a global learning
community, bringing together students from more than 100
countries. A global perspective is also at the core of our
College of International Studies. Established in 1998, the
College brings together academic programs in the social sciences,
modern languages, and teacher training that all focus on
international affairs and studies. It offers majors in anthropology,
international relations, international studies, political
science, and teaching English as a second language; minors
in geography, Japanese, and Spanish; and an MA program in
teaching English as a second language.
The College of International Studies plays a leading role
in developing awareness and understanding about global issues
at HPU. In addition to offering rigorous academic courses
on such topics as conflict and peacemaking, culture and language,
population dynamics, Islam and politics, faculty members
in the college also sponsor a variety of forums to engage
students in ongoing discussion of international affairs.
A few weeks ago the College hosted a visiting group of eight
Korean security scholars, co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy
in Seoul and the U.S. Pacific Command. The scholars came
from government agencies, think tanks, and universities in
Korea to discuss differing perceptions of the crisis on the
Korean peninsula. They were able to share their expertise
with a class on Asian political systems, and students were
able to experience a valuable form of diplomacy in action.
During October, the College will sponsor three election forums
that address local, national, and international aspects of
the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential election. The forums will include
a brief presentation by a faculty member, but are primarily
designed for student discussion and dialogue.
On Oct. 30, the College will participate in the third Student
Symposium on Global Citizenship, a student-centered and student-driven
program that brings together faculty and students to address
some of the challenges and responsibilities of living in
a global society. It’s a valuable opportunity to learn
from the many perspectives offered by our diverse faculty
and student body. I hope you can participate.